Name: Quentin Perry
Hometown: Cleveland, Texas
Occupation: Business Affairs Manager at an ad agency. It’s part of production dept and we deal in matters of contracting, IP and mitigating legal risk. And some music and celebrity stuff.
CrossFitting Since: August 2015. I visited CFPH two days after moving in to my apartment in a ‘now-or-never’ moment.
What’s your favorite WOD or movement?
A recent favorite is the quadruple TABATA, because it’s basic body movements without much thinking. I also really love the “Bro-Sesh” workouts and, conversely, the super-long, all-WOD days where we push ourselves to the max. One of my all-time favorite WODS was an October 2015 Partner WOD: For time with partner: 20,000 lbs ground to overhead with 3 Burpees EMOM. It absolutely destroyed me and was as much of as mentally challengin as it was physically demanding. It was the first time I’d really felt, “Oh my god, I don’t think I can do this” and the sense of achievement afterward was incredible. This one is also memorable because I was the solo guy in a group of women and watching them absolutely crush it made me proud of the company I’d chosen to keep.
And your least favorite?
A month ago, I would have said wall-balls, except that I’m now telling myself how much I LOVE wall balls, because I Will Not Let Them Win. My first CrossFit Open was rough because the WODS put me in my place and served as a reality check on the wide spectrum of athleticism that CrossFit engages. We’re constantly being challenged but we’re having fun, so it’s easy to forget how actually difficult some of this stuff is. The Open WODS were a reminder that I’d come a long way, but improvement is a moving target. OK, that was more a least favorite moment than movement. Regarding movements, I’ll say this: Thruck Fusters.
What’s your WOD music of choice?
I like to dance. I sometimes can’t not dance, so when I hear a good beat my hips are like, ready to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Ahm reeeally feelin’ dem Caribbean riddums ra now so when dat Rihanna/Drake/Beiber comes on, you’ll see me put in work, work, work, work, work, work.
How do you get yourself to go to the gym — what’s your routine?
I’m dabbling with Renaissance Periodization, which has altered my carb-phobia to a better understanding of macros and food intake based on timing and energy usage. It’s a model for efficiency and effectiveness. Your body is an economic model. How cool is that?
I prefer mornings when I get to kick ass early and then take names all day, but am probably 50/50 between a.m. and p.m. classes.
I live about a minute’s walk from the gym and still manage to waste enough time that I have to run over to not be late. Or be just a little late.
Is CrossFit your main way of being active or do you combine it with other forms of exercise?
Crossfit is my primary workout, but I’ve been supplementing with Gymnastics and Mobility, also through CFPH. Gymnastics is a much slower pace with lots of focus on flexibility and form and basic strength. And it’s celebration of the wonderful lines and shapes our body makes. I also plan run more this summer, without pressuring myself on mileage like I used to, because my cardio needs are being met in CrossFit. I just stroll and enjoy. It’s pretty great.
What’s your fitness background? What were you doing before CrossFit?
I was an obese kid and I lost a lot of weight by running and restricting calories. Over the next few years, I began to incorporate weights and dynamic body movement exercises. But I petered out. In the year before I started at CFPH, my fitness habits took a nosedive. Working out had gone from therapy to being a chore. I still put some time in, but I wasn’t excited about it.
How would you compare CFPH to prior gyms?
When I went to NYSC, it was fine….but it was whatever. When I went to David Barton, I felt indulged and objectified. When I went Equinox, I felt expensive and attractive- it was beautiful, the people were beautiful, everything was beautiful and all of us were friends. Except we weren’t really. I’d superimposed face into the lives of rich and Insta-famous fitness models, but it always seemed like they had really amazing evening plans that they might invite me to join in on if they knew that all I’d be doing is catching up on Jane the Virgin. People with $1500 gym bags must be doing something awesome afterwards right? I can’t confirm and am left to imagine, because we were temporary friends and then ‘that guy goes to my gym’ strangers.
When I came to CFPH, I felt challenged and inspired, and delighted to actually learn while I worked out. I expected to feel intimidated and got the complete opposite. The welcome was legit and unanimous. Everyone made me feel this way.
In the past, I’ve had more toned abs and bulgier biceps, but I’v never been this holistically fit or utilized all muscle groups as part of my training.
And CrossFit is as mentally stimulating as it is physically rewarding, if not more. The excitement of learning, correcting, and perfecting has added to the richness my body development. Plus, it’s a wonderfully additive sort of learning– you teach your body one or two tricks and suddenly you’re doing all kinds of new surprising things that you never intended to do.
How did you get into CrossFit?What did you think of CrossFit before? And now?
I hit an age when the vanity that once fueled my athleticism began to wane, and with it my discipline. I needed structure and at first, my motivation was simple:”well, you paid for this so you better go.” Obviously, my list has grown.
What did I think? I thought they yelled to be loud and make noise. But now I hear myself doing the yelling and I know that in it’s essence, it’s spiritual. A grunt of prayer or atonement. A sigh of gratitude. A shout of exaltation.
What advice do you have for people just getting started?
Your best is YOUR best. Even when you come in and struggle, you’re getting better and there’s a smiling group of people who are happy just because you came. I can count the bad days I’ve had on one hand, and they had nothing to do with my ability and everything to do with myattitude. Added value offer: once I paid for the classes the attitude adjustment was free.
Also, if you didn’t know your body is phenomenal, amazing thing, you are about to find out.
Except for a few drop-ins at home over the holidays, CFPH is my only experience with CrossFit.
I don’t know if the magic is everywhere but I know that it is here.
Steve, since this would never come up in natural conversation, thank you for being a role model. Everytime you come in it resets the curve, and no b.s.– you’re the one to beat.
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