The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #29

January 23, 2019

NAME: EDDIE KAMPELMAN
AGE: 37
BOX: GLOBAL BOX TROTTER 

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

I consider myself a multisport "athlete": not excelling at any one thing, but involved in many different activities. I'm also an avid traveler. I'm not married nor do I have kids, so I have a lot of flexibility and free time. I'm just coming off an 8-month around-the-world travel binge, and will now be based in Medellin, Colombia for awhile: Spanish classes por la mañana, and working remotely in the afternoons for a US-based medical device company.

Which affiliate box are you training at?

My home base is CrossFit® St. Louis, in St. Louis, Missouri. However, during my recent travels, I've dropped in at various boxes around the world, including CrossFit® Reykjavik (unfortunately no "dottir" sightings), CrossFit® Inua (Nuuk, Greenland), Altair CrossFit® (Lima, Peru), and CrossFit® Chiang Mai.

When did you start doing CrossFit®?

2011

How did you first hear about CrossFit®? Did you want to try it or were you reluctant?

I was first introduced to CrossFit® by some triathlon friends. They said it may be good cross-training for our upcoming Ironman...boy, was that an understatement. After a few WODs, I was hooked. I saw the incredible shape the members of the box were in and thought, "yep, this is what's next for me!" I quit triathlons cold-turkey after the Ironman and it's been a CrossFit® love affair ever since.

What were you doing before CrossFit®? Do you do anything else besides CrossFit®?

As previously mentioned, I was into triathlons and general globo-gym weightlifting for years. But after seeing that I could be strong, coordinated, cardiovascularly fit, and well diversified, I said "adios" to tri's and made CrossFit® my foundation for all my other hobbies. These hobbies include (but not limited to) soccer, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, trail running...I just love being outdoors.

How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?

At first, I viewed it as excellent cross training for triathlons. Then I became full-on obsessed and started to compete in local competitions. As I'm getting older, I now see it as the perfect foundation for all my other hobbies and general well-being.

Favorite WOD or movement /Least favorite?

Does anyone like thrusters??? Whoever dreamed up that movement should be fired haha. I have a love/hate with Fran: it still gives me butterflies to this day!

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

I've never felt as fit in my past (even in my "prime" in my 20s) as I do now with CrossFit®. Mentally, I know I can push myself to the red line (and beyond?) during mountain bike races and other hobbies after doing it so many times during WODs. There's zero doubt in my mind that CrossFit® has changed me for the better. A tight bond forms in a community of people who suffer together. Some of my best friends are fellow CrossFitters.

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

I'm rather competitive with others by nature, but I also love the competition with myself and seeing how far into that "pain cave" I can go. I'm always inspired to hear other's fitness "journeys" and how CrossFit® has shaped them. I hope to be physically and mentally able to WOD well into my "golden years" like the "senior level" CrossFitters.

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

Start slow. Don't push yourself too hard, don't be intimidated or pressured by others around you. Go at your own pace, listen to your body. You'll reap the benefits in the future with excellent form and an injury-free body.

Something you might not know about me or something you want to share that we didn't ask!

I've been to all 7 continents and 40+ countries...and counting!

How do you feel about nutrition? Are you super strict/flexible? 

I do like to eat clean for the most part. I'm not super strict, but don't eat a lot of desserts or added sugar...more because I just like the taste of good, REAL food.

 

Thanks for reading my untold story,

Eddie