The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #8

August 21, 2018

Photocredit: Crossfit Boro
NAME: CORY NEEL
AGE: 25

BOX: FOUR BARREL CROSSFIT 
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).
I am a full-time CrossFit® coach from southern Indiana currently traveling and coaching across Southeast Asia on a 5 month holiday.

When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit 6 years ago, in the fall of 2012.

far right circa 2012 before nobulls 

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?
I was wrestling in college at the time when a teammate started trying some CrossFit WODs. I joined him one day for "Diane" because I could deadlift the weight and knew how to do strict handstand push-ups.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Standard bro/globo gym stuff: chest, arms, and more arms.
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?
Since starting I've realized I am most likely not going to the CrossFit Games so I adjusted my training volume accordingly. Now instead of long hours in the gym, I train just enough to keep me fit and healthy for the lifestyle I want outside of the gym.
Favorite WOD or movement / Least favorite?
I always want heavy weightlifting and strict gymnastics movements. I never like seeing double unders or running.
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?
Since abandoning aesthetics focused training I've found more freedom in both diet and training. Not focusing so much on looks but just enjoying how I feel. (conveniently CrossFit isn't bad for physique either)
What motivates/inspires you?
Lately, I've been working a lot on gymnastics; learning new skills and getting better at handstands motivates me to get in the gym, and keeps things fun.
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?
Slow your roll and do it right. As a coach, I see lots of newbies come in and want to go heavy or get caught up in the leaderboard. If you want to see success in the long term it's better to learn the mechanics first, focus on personal records later.
Something you might not know about me:
I think Black licorice is delicious! 

 

Thanks for reading my untold story, 

Cory