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Hammer CrossFit


September 25, 2020

Scott Salk

The Member Spotlight goes to someone who demonstrates the characteristics necessary for success, both in and out of the gym. Scott is one of our original members, having been here at CFIS for over 5 years! He recently won the Reindeer Games in December and has been a staple of the noon class for quite some time. We asked him some questions about his fitness journey and his experiences here at the gym so far: 1. What led you to CrossFit? Describe your experience.For a large part of my life I was an avid runner and triathlete. Six years ago I became sick while training for a race. What originally was thought to be a simple infection turned out to be stage 3 lung cancer which had also spread to my lymph nodes. After surgery to remove my left lung and several months of intense chemo, I was fortunate to survive it and begin my recovery. Starting all over and coming to terms with limitations was difficult. One of my best friends convinced me to check out this new CrossFit gym called Infinite Strength. It was the ability to scale (which I really needed) that motivated me. It was very hard (and also intimidating), but I stuck with it and little by little I started to rebuild and regain my identity. 2. What has been the most noticeable change you’ve noticed? (could be lifestyle, body composition or performance related)I joined the gym 1 month after finishing chemo. Needless to say, the changes I’ve noticed have been huge. I’m not the fastest or strongest, but over (a long) time, I am finally starting to feel better and stronger than ever. The workouts not only push me to be stronger, but they also increase my lung function. 3. What’s your favorite (or least favorite) exercise? If you could program a workout, what would it be?I love the Chipper workouts. Coming to the gym and seeing this monster workout that you have to grind through for 20+ minutes and works every part of your body until you’re absolutely toast motivates and excites me. 4. Tell us something we don’t know about you (not fitness related).I’ve visited over 20 different countries in the last 2 years. 5. What’s new? Any goals for the future?Aside from trying to keep getting better in the gym, I want to train to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2020.

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