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Hammer CrossFit


September 25, 2020

Scott Ercole

The Member Spotlight goes to someone who demonstrates the characteristics necessary for success, both in and out of the gym. Since joining our Tribe in January, Scott has always shown up with a positive attitude, a beginner’s mindset, gives full effort, and has the desire to improve every time he walks into the gym. We asked him some questions about his fitness journey and his experience here at the gym so far1. What led you to CrossFit? Describe your experience.I played college soccer and tore my ACL at the end of the season during my senior year. From that point on, I pretty much stopped working out on a regular basis. I moved to AZ in 2008 and started my first office job where sitting at a desk for many hours of the day became the norm. Gaining weight each year also became the norm even though I never sat still outside of work. By 2013, I had gone from 185 pounds to 210 pounds and couldn’t believe it. I decided to try working out at home with P90X whenever my schedule allowed and lost about 10 pounds before getting bored with the same workouts and convincing myself that I didn’t have an hour a day to exercise as that hour should be spent trying to advance my career. My kids were born in 2014 and from then on, I continued to pack on the pounds as sleep became scarce and fast food/soda became my main fuel source. Fast forward to January of this year and I realized that I needed to make some lifestyle changes as my health was deteriorating and I could not stand looking at a 227lb version of me in the mirror.I found CrossFit Infinite Strength through an online advertisement for the 6-week boot camp and stopped in to check it out. I was a little uncertain about trying CrossFit as I didn’t feel my level of fitness was there and my knowledge of the movements was lacking. I am sure glad that I did as it has drastically improved my life in many ways. The first few weeks were rough both physically and mentally. I would come to class feeling sore from the previous workout and would have an hour-long reminder of how out of shape I was. Jen was a great coach and the folks in class were all very supportive which made the 6-week boot camp a great experience. Once it was over, I decided to sign up as I was really enjoying this place. The coaching, the workouts, the people and the results that I was seeing had me hooked. I have really learned that the beauty of CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable. From starting out 5 months ago to where I am now, there has always been a way to scale the workouts to fit my ability and help me progress. 2. What has been the most noticeable change you’ve noticed?My lifestyle and body comp have been the two most noticeable changes over the past 5 months and I believe they go hand in hand. I have been committed to a healthier lifestyle by making better meal choices and consistently showing up each week.3. What’s your favorite exercise? I’d have to say barbell thrusters are my favorite. 4. Tell us something we don’t know about you? Something not fitness related.I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my uncle building race cars and drag racing. Since moving to AZ, I enjoy hunting, hiking, and going camping.5. What’s next? Have you set any goals for the future?I want to lose 10-15 more pounds and work to get my body fat under 15%. I’d also like to cross these off by the end of the year:

  • Consistently do Double-Unders
  • A Handstand Push-up
  • 10 Overhead Squats with a standard barbell
  • 50 unbroken strict Push-ups
  • 15 Pull-ups
  • Bench Press my body weight 5x
  • Back Squat 205lbs 1x

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