The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #13

September 26, 2018

Photocredit: Rachel Karnes Photography

 

NAME: BRYAN LILES
AGE: 41
BOX: CROSSFIT GOLIATH

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).

My passion is being a camera operator hanging out the side of an R44 Helicopter capturing high-performance boats running 120mph when I can get those projects, enjoy the outdoors, and inspiring those with excuses of why they can’t do CrossFit.

When did you start doing CrossFit?

January 2017 - 6 Week Challenge

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?

Facebook Ad Post - I don’t remember My 1st Workout but know it was it really SPICY!! I think I literally said a profanity word then the statement of “What in the Hell did I get myself into”!

 

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Eating Unhealthy, occasionally trying to stay active, but really wanted accountability in my routine.
               

 

How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?

I’m an Athlete again. I’m training every week for my next Competition to enter

Favorite WOD or movement / Least favorite?

Cleans / Pistols

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?

Went from doubtful about certain movements to wanting to master them all ... Handstand Walks are a goal now

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? 

Most of the Wods honoring our Soldiers who sacrificed their lives as well as people who have passed on and my Father having triple bypass surgery, never wanting to hug a heart pillow in recovery for heart surgery. I’d rather deal with the pain of a WOD than go through what he went through.

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?

Trust in the process, listen to your Coaches, learn all the stretching techniques that are taught taking them home with you, drink half your weight in ounces of water minimum per day if not more than that when working out aka HYDRATE. On the days you try and talk yourself out of going due to lack of energy, depression, stress, whatever; GO GO GO TO THE GYM AND GET THROUGH THE WARMUP. You’ll be glad you went.

Something you might not know about me: 

I caught an overthrown football on the sidelines of the UNC vs DUKE football game last year while videotaping the Duke team looking through the viewfinder of my camera upon the snap of the ball on the sidelines with my left arm while holding my video camera on my right shoulder. It landed so perfectly I was able to tuck the ball on impact. The crowd cheered for me when I caught it. I Felt like a Rock Star hearing them cheer for my catch. The woman camera operator next to me, said, “That’s was freaking Awesome”. I want to find that footage. I know it’s out there! (if anyone has seen this, please send it to Bryan!) 

 

Thanks for reading my untold story,

Bryan