2016 October: Tim Wilson

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I am… blessed to have a beautiful supportive wife, a 2 year old son that thinks my jokes are funny, and the physical health to be able to come here and push myself everyday.

I like… ice cream a lot, the L.A. Dodgers, OSU football, grabbing the first tee time on a Saturday in the fall, and any place in NW Michigan in the summer.

I dislike… 5k rows, February weather in Ohio, and trying to park at the Greene.

I eat… mostly Paleo but mix in the occasional carb or weekend ice cream.

I will… use what I’ve learned these last few months to impact my lifestyle indefinitely.


Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

  • I work for a real estate title company in Dayton. I started with them in January of this year. I spent the two years prior traveling pretty extensively for my job and so this transition has been a great opportunity to stay in Dayton and put down stronger roots in the community.
  • My hobbies have changed a lot since joining Centerville CrossFit. I try to get here as much as I can. I have taken up swimming and run on my off days. Apart from the occasional round of golf, I spend the bulk of my free time with my wife Amanda and 2 year old son, Charlie.


What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

Sports and exercise have always been a bonus for me of sorts. I was born with a heart defect that required surgery and my prospects for any kind of serious sports were or physical activity were pretty limited. Rather than hold me back, my parents encouraged me to push myself. The thought process from an early age in our house was less about waiting and seeing and more, “why not be the first.”   I lived by the verse “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. That theme carried on and has been my saving grace. I’m in somewhat uncharted waters in terms of my heart condition and what comes next. No one has really gotten to this point age wise without additional surgery. Staying active has been the key to that. Each day is a gift and CrossFit has opened new challenges that I’m excited to pursue.

I discovered CrossFit through a friend convincing me to attend a drop in class at a gym in Austin, TX. We were there for a bachelor party Memorial Day weekend this year. I Googled CrossFit gyms near our home the next day and had my three intro courses completed by that next weekend. Something just clicked. I played sports competitively through my freshmen year of college but allowed some injuries and life to get in the way of my physical health. I would join gyms, wander aimlessly for a few weeks, and stop going. Centerville CrossFit gave me the direction and guidance I really need combined with some healthy competition, even just with myself. I can’t say for sure that I would have had the same experience at another gym. I have visited a few while traveling since joining here and I have instant realization as to how good we have it. The coaches, the culture, the facility, the members, all combine for an unparalleled experience and sense of community. I have a long way to go, but I constantly feel challenged to improve, push limits, and pursue growth.


What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

  • Early on, the goal was just to improve my physical condition. So literally going from completing 2 total pull-ups in my Intro course, to now completing a WOD feels like a huge win.
  • My first class ever was “Fran” which I did in 16+ minutes. Near the end of August, I finished “Fran” in 8:58. Not an impressive time, but really cool to see that tangible improvement.
  • I completed the Chicago Triathlon in August, which could never have done prior to joining. Setting a goal for time and hitting it was big for me. I just want to continue to push my boundaries physically and be able to handle all prescribed weights and movements each class.


What is your favorite movement?

I love power cleans. I was fairly new to Olympic lifts and my form was terrible. This lift really presented the most challenges so getting it right (when I do), feels really rewarding.


What is your least favorite movement?

Front rack lunges. Just try to get them over with.


What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “And now, Lord, What will I wait for? My hope is You” – Psalm 39:7


Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

  • You will not find a more comfortable, accepting environment anywhere – and yet you will be challenged like never before.
  • My advice would be to a) be a sponge, accept coaching, b) focus on form first – get that right before you try to stretch yourself weight wise, c) push your limits – it will surprise you what you are capable of if you challenge yourself. Lastly, just be here. Showing up is the hardest part at first but is so critical to gaining some momentum and seeing results.


What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

  • The coaches are incredible people. They have pushed me tremendously and been the critical factor behind the gains I have realized. The members are great and with the coaches, have created an amazing culture of acceptance and community. Very cool to be a part of it and to have been welcomed with open arms.
  • This group is serious about fitness and whole body health. It’s a lifestyle commitment, mentally and physically that challenges you on a daily basis.

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