Athlete of the Month: Henry Liu

10497161_833533110029535_4005521216248088480_oHenry’s the definition of a quiet assassin.  Don’t let the fact that he went to a top law school and has a lovely family fool you.  He will rip your effing face off!!!! Ok maybe not really but Henry is the man!  His olympic lifts are off the charts and he always has an awesome smile on his face when he’s doing some serious work in class.  I’m convinced the whole lawyer thing is just a cover for some spec ops sh*t; but until I find out for sure, I’ll just be happy to have him be our August athlete of the month and try not to piss him off.


What’s your athletic/fitness background?  Does playing Madden and reading count?  Sadly, I don’t have much of an athletic background to speak of.  I played IM basketball in college and grad school, but never was able to dunk on anyone.  Or shoot.  Or play defense.  After college, I ran a few miles a week, but never competitively (i.e., very slowly).


What was your first CrossFit workout and what did you think of it?  I actually went back to look at my first “DCF performance log” for this one.  I have scribbled down:  “6:00 AMRAP, KB swings; felt horrible.”  I’m glad I don’t remember how I felt, but I can only imagine the horror on Andrew’s face watching me do kettlebell swings for the first time.


What’s been the biggest change for you since starting CrossFit?   When I started at DCF, I couldn’t do a pull-up, could barely front squat 100#, and wall-balls were out of question.  So a lot has changed on the strength and mobility front.  Now, if only I can get the nutrition thing right.


What’s been your favorite DCF moment up to now?  There are too many to count, but here are a few come to mind:  getting my wife Kathy to join DCF, the open workouts on Saturday, getting the first pull-up, Murph, the DCF IM competition, and Flex on the Mall.


What’s been your least favorite DCF moment up to now?  Open workout 14.5.   I think it was approximately 115 degrees in DCF.  I remember the pain.


Least favorite CrossFit movement/WOD?    Thrusters / Fran.


Favorite CrossFit movement/WOD?  100 burpees for time.  Just kidding (sort of).


When did you know you were hooked?  When I actually showed up for a 6:00 AM class.  It only happened once, but still.  I don’t think I had ever woken up before 6:00 AM except to catch a flight.


Any advice for people starting out?  There are too many things to say, so I’ll just do a stream-of-consciousness list of things that I’ve found helpful:  challenge yourself with weights, but listen to your body and take care in recovery; get your friends or significant others to join DCF; don’t do a bottomless brunch before a Saturday WOD; write all your workouts everything down; take Cody, George, and Chris’s classes; listen to our coaches (they’re always right) and ask them for advice; don’t be shy; and try to have some fun.

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