Ken Brown was chosen as our November Member Spotlight because of his consistency, drive, and good attitude. Every day when Ken walks in for the 5:30 p.m. class, he leaves his ego at the door and works on his weaknesses. He’s always there to lend a helping hand to a new athlete in class, and gives 100% to each and every workout. Congrats, Ken, we can’t wait to see what you do in the years to come with us!
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?
I heard about crossfit from my little brother who competed at crossfit for several years. Thought it would be too much for me but I got more & more curious about trying it. My membership was up at my gym so I checked to see where was the closest crossfit to me and I got lucky. Max Kane was the closest. My first experience was with Nora and she did a great job. I was sore before we finished the first warm up! I was wondering what I was getting into but I finished 101 and my first real WOD was a team one on a Saturday. Rick & Wes were my teammates so they helped/pushed me to the finish. I said I got lucky Max Kane was the closest. Probably the worst way to pick a box is to look for the closes. The reason I got lucky was I picked a box with a wonderful group of athletes and coaches.
When did you first come to Max Kane?
How many days do you CrossFit?
4-5 days a week. Hardest thing is taking days off. I’ve had few surgeries so the day I come back after a few days off is usually pretty tough.
What do you do for a living?
I work at Primex Plastics in Oakwood in inside sales.
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy Church, hunting, and time with family.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to Max Kane?
All the coaches have really inspired me to keep improving. At my age (50) you have to keep moving and pushing to get better. Coach Brandon and Jeremy have really helped me improve my Olympic lifting. When I first came in Nora had me do a front squat and it was not a pretty sight. I did not have full range of motion on the lift and was a little intimidated. Was not sure I would ever be able to go below parallel. I now have the other problem on bottoming out too much on that lift. Would have never thought that would be an issue.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)?
Inside the gym I’m most proud of the fact what I started over a year ago has grown into my whole family getting into Crossfit. If you ever see my son Cooper in the gym watch how intense he is. My favorite thing each week is to see him doing the lifting work. I don’t think anyone gives it more effort and he really inspires me to get better. Outside the gym I’m most proud of my family. Tamara and the kids are the reason for me trying to stay in shape.
What is one goal that you are currently working on?
My main goal is to keep coming in every day and getting better at everything and enjoying the process. A short term goal would be a 200# plus front squat. I’ve never forgotten how hard that movement was when Nora had me do the first one. I could probably do it now but I’m not pushing it too fast. When I do it I want to blow past that goal big time.