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Athlete of the Month: Robert Bloomquist

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CrossFit Palm Beach Athlete of the Month Questions

Tell us a little about yourself

I am 36 years old.  Operations Manager for Walgreens in charge of logistics for all stores from The Villages to Key West.    My wife and I have 3 kids (Landon 4, Allison and Katelynn a few weeks old)

What do you like to do outside the gym?

I enjoy spending time in the woods, on a boat, or with my family.  I have always been an avid outdoorsman and with the addition of BF and CF it has made the time I spend doing them much more enjoyable.

When did you start CrossFit?  Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time?  What do you remember most about when you first started?

I started BF in July 2 years ago, and transitioned into CF after about 9 months of BF.  My wife would always invite me to workouts or competitions but I thought that I would hate it and never joined.  She then invited me to a BF “bring a friend day” that had WB’s, running, KB swings, and burpees (5 rounds for time).  I did the first three rounds and had to stop and let her finish the workout for me.  It was honestly a turning point for me and it made me realize how out of shape I was.

What has been your most memorable workout? 

Winning the Deadly Duo (scaled) with Clint C was an awesome experience.  That along with the Better Half Battle that my wife and I did awhile back.  The atmosphere in the gym was amazing on both occasions and I just enjoyed everything

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

Just show up has been on my computer since I started.  I think my coworkers believe it is convincing me to show up for work and find that humorous.  However, it is not hard anymore and it is honestly what I look forward to everyday.  I guess my new motto is one I stole from Zach on a pod cast about having fun with your workouts at least once a week.  I have recently tried to focus on me and how I 

move.  I know this can be hard as most of us are competitive but it helps me focus, pick a weight that is good for me, move better without injury, and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?

I hurt my shoulder trying to go to heavy too soon and my wrist from falling off a box.  However, it was due to me not listening to my body and scaling back when I started to fatigue or choosing the appropriate weight for the workout.  The best advice I have for this is to listen to your coaches and ask questions.  If you are unsure about a weight or a movement then it is probably too soon for you to try that in a workout.

What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CrossFit Palm Beach?

What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated? I go to the gym every day that I go to work. It keeps me in a routine.  On the other days I will sprinkle in a workout or two but try to take time for recovery as well.  I never had to force BF or CF as I thought I would.  What worked for me was when I was sore or not feeling well I just backed off the intensity of the workout.  I always say, “You make the workout as hard or easy as you want it to be”.

What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach?  

I love the community, the coaches, most of the workouts, but mostly what it has done for my life. I struggled with many bad habits after college and stopped working out. My doctor was going to put me on BP medication if I did not change most or all of my behaviors.  I have since dropped 30 pounds and put back on another 10 (hopefully muscle) and decreased my BP from 186/97 to around 132/84.

WHAT HAVE YOU BECOME BETTER AT SAYING “NO” TO, AND WHAT APPROACHES HAVE WORKED FOR YOU?

Honestly, I took the approach that if I work out I can eat what I want. Slowly I got more information from coaches or pod casts and began to change what I ate and cut things out of my diet.  I now have a semi-strict routine and think that I have found what works for me best.  The best advice I can give is to treat it like your first day of BF or CF.  Don’t jump of the deep end but work to make small changes that you are able to stick too.  Also, CHEAT.  Yes, CHEAT.  Just do it in moderation.  If you feel you are going to die without that ice cream then eat it, otherwise it will make the process a lot harder.  Someone once told me, “Have a cheat meal, not a cheat day you’re recovery will be faster from a meal than a day.”