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September 25, 2020

Rocky McKay

The Member Spotlight showcases those who demonstrate the characteristics necessary for success, both in and out of the gym. Rocky has been a long-time member of the gym, and not only sits near the top of each day’s leaderboard, he’s also a decorated National Medalist in the Masters category of USA Weightlifting. We asked him some questions about his CrossFit journey:

  1. What led you to CrossFit? Describe your experience.

I found CrossFit in 2010 when I needed to lose weight and to get my blood pressure and cholesterol down. After two years into it and eating clean, I was able to get off all medications. Then I was introduced to the sport of Weightlifting and started competing in 2015. Even 10 years into this, I’m still getting better all the time.

  1. What have been the most significant changes you've noticed? These could be lifestyle, body composition, or performance.

I can lift and do movements that when I broke my neck that I wouldn’t have thought I could have done with my back issues. I think CrossFit has absolutely helped improve my Weightlifting ability, and my ability to recover after tough workouts. I continue to hit PR’s in the lifts.

  1. What's your favorite (or least favorite) exercise? If you could program a workout, what would it be?

As a Weightlifter, Snatches are my favorite lift. As a CrossFitter, anything with a rower and a barbell in the workout is good with me.

  1. Tell us something we don't know about you! Something not fitness related.

I grew up on a ranch in Idaho, and that’s where I learned to ride horses and started doing rodeos (rode bucking horses, rode bulls but mostly team roped). My parents taught me how to dance at 8 years old and I started teaching at 15. I was the youngest person to get into bars so I could teach dancing.

  1. What's next? Have you set any goals for the future?

I have been to two Masters Nationals for Weightlifting. I injured myself this last year and have been working hard in training to compete in my third one this April in Orlando. My goal is to hit at least a 240kg Total.

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