Start by telling us a little about yourself..
Well I moved up here in 2010 to get a Masters in fisheries from UAF, and since graduating, have been a fish biologist for ADF&G. I travel around the state doing fish research around big hardrock mines and mine prospects. In my off time, I fish, hunt, trap, and train my retriever (mostly just useless tricks now). I’ve recently accepted a new fish biologist position in Palmer. I’ll be the invasive species biologist for the Mat-Su Valley and hopefully going to a good gym down there.
What was your reason for joining CrossFit Fairbanks?
Initially a friend convinced me to try it since I wanted to get in (and stay in) shape for hunting in the mountains. After seeing the results the next hunting season, and generally feeling better, I realized I have to keep doing this!
What were your thoughts after your first workout? First week?
I’ve never been so sore in my life, like everywhere. It was the toughest workout I’ve ever done, but knew it was exactly the workout I needed. I had also never done any of the lifts like snatches, cleans, jerks, etc., so it was exciting to finally learn how to do those. I had no idea so much technique was involved.
What makes CrossFit different from other workouts and fitness programs you have tried in the past?
In the past, I’ve just gone to a standard gym by myself or with a buddy. It was easy for me to loose motivation and stop going, mainly because I wasn’t seeing results and I had no idea what I was doing. Having planned workouts forces me to do exercises I wouldn’t normally do or would have never thought of, but are great for a well-rounded workout. The coaching is probably my favorite part because some of the movements are complex and I’ve realized proper form is very important to prevent injury. And the environment is motivating to me since I know everyone else feels the same suck that I do, and we’re getting through it together.
What is your favorite movement/lift? Least favorite?
Favorite is probably rowing and bench press. Least favorite is snatches. The limiting factor has been flexibility, but I’ve seen gradual improvements over the years.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment thus far?
I have a few, breaking past 200 lbs on bench, linking together 40 double unders, then getting my first triple under.
What impact has working out had on you in and out of the gym?
It has greatly improved my mental and physical health. Getting in a good workout when it’s dark and cold helps make the winters a bit more bearable. Physically, it’s definitely helped me hunting in the mountains. I can hike further and longer with a heavier pack where the big sheep and bears live.
Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Spiderman. His last name is my first name, and he’s always helping a damsel in distress.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Meat lover’s pizza with ranch and Miller Lite, but is it cheating if I don’t feel guilty eating it?
What advice would you give a prospect coming in?
Don’t go too heavy too fast, and don’t be afraid to scale the workouts. It takes a while to develop proper form and technique for some of the movements, and going too heavy too fast is a good way to get hurt. Also, listen to the coaches and ask questions, they know what they’re talking about! Finally, come as often as you can. The more you put in, the more you get out of it.
–Notes from the Coach–
Parker is always so awesome to have in class! He works hard, is consistent, and even takes extra time to focus on improving skills when he is able to. He is receptive to coaching feedback and works hard to move well. All of this dedication shows in the progress he has made. And man, oh man–can that guy row! 🙂