March 2019 – Adam Hamilton
“Adam crushed his strength cycle, Back squat PR up 50#, Bench PR up 55#, Deadlift PR up 60# and he had much more room but we stopped at those PRs.” – Coach Craig
In general, what is your background?
I grew up in Alton, Illinois (small town of about 20,000). I went to college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I majored in advertising. After that, I worked at Caterpillar in corporate communications for six years, living in Little Rock and Peoria (also exciting…are we sensing a theme?). Almost two years ago I traded bulldozers for burgers and moved to Chicago to work for McDonald’s in corporate communications.
I have one older brother who lives in Houston. I’m proud to say I FINALLY got him to try CrossFit last Christmas when I visited him (unfortunately for him the WOD of the day was Murph…).
How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
I joined 312 in the summer of 2018 – so I’m getting close to my one year anniversary! I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost seven years, having started and spent the majority of that time at CrossFit 309 in Peoria. I was part of 309’s very first on-ramp and saw the box grow from six to 100+ members. It definitely felt like a family and the owner really took me under his wing – leaving was the hardest part of moving to Chicago (but I still go back every summer for their annual CrossFit competition).
How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
312 has made a HUGE difference! While I’ve been doing CrossFit for some time, I felt like I was hitting a lull right before I joined. When I arrived, I decided it was time to go back to the basics, so I attended the 101 classes as well as the regular classes. I also just completed my first strength programming cycle and hit a few PRs. I feel the best I’ve ever felt.
Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Stringing DUs (my mortal enemy…there is a graveyard of jump ropes in my gym bag) and stringing pull-ups (I am so close I can taste it!).
…and to look good naked.
Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
I feel good about where I’m at with most lifts but my bench needs a lot of work – so getting that PR to the mid-200s would rock. I’d also like to get HSPU…it’s the kicking up that really gets me.
…also, to look good naked.
What do you like most about being a member at 312?
The community – the members and coaches are awesome. Like I mentioned earlier, I was part of another CrossFit in Peoria from their first on-ramp class and didn’t think I would find a place I liked nearly as much…I was definitely wrong! I really appreciate the comradery. And on top of being great people, everyone is a stellar athlete and motivates you to achieve your best. They’re just as fun outside the gym when we grab brunch after a weekend WOD. #fitfam
Favorite and least favorite movements:
Favorite: wall balls, deadlift, sandbag OTS, sled pushes, tire flips (can we get a tire??)
Least favorite: DUs, DUs, DUs (did I mention DUs?)
Favorite and least favorite WODs: Favorite:
Favorite: I really enjoy the team WODs on the weekends (very encouraging). I also appreciate any Hero WOD (even more encouraging). The Filthy 50 and Fight Gone Bad are fun, too.
Least favorite: ANNIE
Favorite post-WOD meal:
Beer and trail mix…I mean grilled chicken and vegetables
The original Halloween – love a good scary movie
Drake, Kanye, Jay-Z, Travis Scott
Favorite quotes or words you live by?
“Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda
What are a few of your most notable achievements?
From a personal standpoint, I used to be 300+ lbs and CrossFit has made me so much healthier.
Professionally, I recently had the opportunity to build a small communications team at McDonald’s – it’s been rewarding to recruit some incredible people and watch them sprint. And still to come, I’ve been working on my MBA part time and graduate later this year.
I’m passionate about:
Pushing myself to new heights – personally, professionally and athletically; Being a fun uncle to my two nephews.
Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
I’m the only ginger in my entire family.