1. When and where did you start CrossFit, and how did you hear about it ?
Back in 2009 I was searching how to get my condition in a higher level so as to be a better fireman. Lots of people from the US were talking about crossfit and I came up to crossfit.com My dear friend Alena that lives in Australia talked me into it and also suggested me where to go in Athens
2. What was your first WOD, how did it go, and how did you feel afterwards?
First WOD was at home, all alone and it was a bitch. Her name Cindy. Went really strong on it! Strict pull ups and fast push ups… needless to say after 5 minutes I was wiped out 😛 I got really disappointed about it. After I joined the local gym (at that time it was personal training session) I was thinking “why am I such a masochist, paying to make me suffer like this?”
3. Do you remember anything about when you started? Which exercises did you find difficult and was there anything you we’re unable to perform RX’ed?
I had an athletic background (tennis – track & field) so there were no exercises actually that were difficult to perform. In the beginning I had problems with weighted WODs due to my rather low body weight.
4. What was your favorite WOD and lift when you started – and what is it now?
My favorite WOD was a “Bull” variation (150KB Swings @24kg, 2 bar muscle ups whenever I let go the kettlebell. Favorite lift was “squat clean”.
Favorite WOD now is 3rnds: 5 clean & press @60kg and 50 double unders. Favorite lift stll is “squat clean” 🙂
5. What has been your best CrossFit experience(s)?
The best experience by far I have from CrossFit is how I have become stronger bodily but also mentally. And also the extraordinary people that I have met there and some of them I consider the closest family I have in the city I live in.
6. Do you have any good advice for people who have just started CrossFit? Anything you wish that you had known/had done differently etc.?
I believe that the best advice that I can give to anyone starting CrossFit is “don’t fly and die!!!! Avoiding fatigue and injuries is the quickest way for better results. And that the best judge is in each one’s mind. So don’t cheat and count each rep!!!!”