Athlete of the Month: March 2015

Name:  Josh Konkel 

Age:  21

Hometown:  Millstadt, IL

Occupation:  Currently unemployed.  Full-time student at SIUE as a CMIS major.

How long have you been a member at 1020?  I have been a member at 1020 for a little over 2 months.  I started towards the end of January.

Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at 1020?  I had no idea what I was getting into, but I jumped in with both feet forward.  After my first trail day, I instantly knew I would love it and I signed the contract that night.  One of my best choices.

What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining?  I've definitely seen improvements in my conditioning and have lost weight in only 2 months.  Biggest accomplishment is easily the athlete of the month though because I didn't see that happening.  It helps me go back everyday knowing that the coaching staff sees my improvements.  I have made progress on some of the lifts and gymnastics work that I never knew I could do when I first walked in.

What are your individual goals?  Just to keep at it and get better and better everyday.  I feel that I take too many breaks in between lifts and I want to improve on that.  Again with the gymnastics portion of the sport.  I know I am getting better but definitely am not where I want to be.  Yet.

Favorite moment at 1020 so far?  I believe it was in the first week I was there, there was a WOD with box jump overs in it.  I was doing fine all the way through on them and of course being new I was one of the last people done with it.  On the last rep of the last set, I mentally thought I was done so I didn't give the last jump enough and clipped my toe on the box and went down while everyone was there cheering me on.  I will never live it down even though I laughed when it happened and still do now.  It might not be my favorite, but easily the most memorable so far.

What do you enjoy most about the coaching staff at 1020?  They 100% know what they are talking about and are very encouraging.  They want to see everyone excel and improve.  They spend equal time on everyone too.  If it wasn't for the coaching staff, I know I wouldn't be where I am today.  They are also a great time to be around while they aren't yelling at you to keep going during a WOD.

Words of advice for someone interested in getting started at 1020?  Don't be scared and discouraged if you aren't on top of the board or if you can't do something perfect the first time you attempt it.  No one expects you to get it the first day.  We have all been there and know how it feels.  I will be the first to tell you I can't do a lot of the motions.  That is what we are all there for though.

Tell us something we don't know about you?  I am a huge basketball fan.  I used to play all the way through high school and still play now.  But I am switching into coaching and I have been coaching grade school basketball for about 3 years now.  It can be frustrating at times and a lot of work but it is always worth it.

Favorite WOD?  I wouldn't say my favorite but the CrossFit games open 15.5 had to be the most rewarding for me.  I know I didn't get the best time and I know I probably could have done better, but I was fighting myself before if I wanted to the scaled one or not.  I ended up not doing the scale and I was proud of myself for that.

Least favorite WOD?  Plain and simple.  Anything with running.  I am not much of a runner so anything with multiple rounds of 400m runs will be brutal for me.

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