Darren Martin is this month’s Hyper CrossFIT’s Athlete of the Month. Learn more about Darren the cruise lovin’, rope climbin’, hard workin’ Tech Rep, and the Hyper CrossFIT athlete we are very proud of. Read on…
A Tech Rep from Indianapolis, IN, Darren enjoys traveling with his family, especially cruising. One of his Bucket List items is to take a 30-day cruise around different parts of the world.
In fact, from what we can tell, discovering and exploring new territory is a common thread in Darren’s life adventures. He credits a friend with introducing him to CrossFit.
“This ‘CrossFit’ thing was completely foreign to me. For years I was active in trying out different workout videos off and on in my basement, but with no real personal benefit. I think, for me, I needed the push of a group and gym instead of going to my basement. ”
Little did he know what kind of group he would find. With endless supplies of enthusiasm and encouraging support coming from his fellow CrossFIT buds, Elaine, Dave, Frenchy and Coach Rex, Darren says he found new reasons to get up in the morning.
“I like that it’s such an organized class with a dedicated coach that both directs the movement and supports you to ensure that you are doing the various activities correctly. I wake-up early to attend a 5:30 class several times a week.”
As Woody Allen once said, “80% of success is just showing up.” And show up, Darren does. As with any pursuit in life, consistency is key. Darren is keen on seeing results and sets his goals ambitiously, yet realistically. Even the most challenging of goals don’t seem to daunt him, which is what prompted us to recognize him as September’s CrossFIT Athlete of the Month. Whether seeking to tackle the rope climb or hand stand push-ups, Darren goes after each and every WOD with a resolve to work it until he gets it.
“My hope is that sometime before 2016, I can complete many of the WODs that call for rope climb while also getting over my personal fear of being upside down in a handstand. I need to just pull-up my big boy CrossFit socks and do it.”
His favorite WOD is “The Cindy,” because it consists of movements that he feels confident executing. If given the opportunity to create and name his own WOD, Darren says he would call it “The Old Man” and it would consist of the following:
5 rounds for time:
- Kettle bell swings
- Abmat sit-ups
- Air squats
- Deadlifts with buy in & out of run or row
As for pointers for newcomers to the sport who may feel hesitant or lacking in confidence, “I’m 50 years young. Before 2013, I had never heard of CrossFit, never played organized sports, and had never been part of a coach directed class. I found myself quickly becoming part of a of group good people. The FIT coaches call you “bro” and are there to completely support you. Add in the fist bumps, high fives, and you’ll find yourself encouraged to just keep moving forward to meet your personal movement and body shape goals.”
Please join us in congratulating, Darren. Keep pullin’ up those big boy socks, bro! You can do it!