December Featured Athlete: Rich Wood

Rich Wood is our December 2017 Featured Athlete!

We appreciate that Rich is super hardworking, consistent & coachable.

And we are so glad he is a part of our CrossFit Memorial Hill family.

 Let’s get to know a little more about Rich!

What’s your athletic background? I am a lifetime long distance runner that has completed over 15 half marathons and 2 marathons.  However, I have never included a serious weightlifting program in my training routine.


What was your first experience with CF?  I discovered cross fit by observing classes at Memorial Hill.  I had no prior experience with cross fit.


When did you start CF? I started cross fit in approximately August of 2016.


Why did you choose CrossFit Memorial Hill? I chose Memorial Hill because of its close proximity to work and because of the friendly people (employees and members) I met when I observed classes.


What keeps you coming back? I enjoy the classes and the people at Memorial Hill.  The training routine has had a significant impact on my fitness.


Why do you live in KC- job? school? other? And how do you like to spend your free time?  I moved to KC for a job and because my wife was from KC.  My family enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing.


What do you like about KC? KC is by far the friendliest city I have encountered and I consider myself lucky to get to live here.


What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF? My overall strength has improved drastically since beginning cross fit.  This has also had an impact on my stamina and energy level.


What are your goals for 2018? My goal for 2018 is to be able to do all the required exercises in the “Development” workout without modification.


What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF? Do it. You will not regret it at all.


What’s your favorite & least favorite CF movement? Favorite is any Olympic weigh lifting.  Least favorite is burpees.


What’s your favorite cheat meal? Pizza.


Anything else you would like to share with The Hill family?  I appreciate all that you have done to improve my life.  I look forward to continued improvement in 2018.