July Athlete of the Month-Troy Gruver
Back in the day, when we were offering a “free week
trial” to any new athlete, Troy Gruver walked through our doors. He was excited about trying us out and getting back into crossfit and I could tell that Troy was different than the average curious person on their first day. I think he actually smiled through the entire workout…hum, a bit odd but whatever. He finished strong! Then he disappeared…
I remember reaching out to him and almost immediately he responded with an awful email…he had been injured in a road biking accident and he had no idea when he would be back.
My heart sank.
I knew how much he loved our gym, not something the average person would say on their first visit. I knew this accident had crushed him! I told him to keep his chin up and listen to doctors orders and contact me when he was ready to come back.
I honestly didn’t think I would hear from him again but after almost a year, he emailed me saying, “I don’t know if you remember me but my name is Troy Gruver. I tried out your gym a long time ago and I am ready to come back and sign up!”
We got him signed up a few days later and the rest is history.
Troy comes in 4 times a week for his workouts and he leaves nothing on the table when he is finished. He is a hard worker, a super nice guy and is fun to be around! He likes to listen to “angry white guy” music when he works out and its not uncommon to hear him screaming out the words to most of the songs in between breaths.
If you haven’t met Troy in person, I encourage you to do so but until then, here’s a little bit more about him…
What made you decide to join CrossFit Upper Limit and how long have you been a member? I started CrossFit at a box in Washington State called CrossFit Puyallup almost 4 years ago and I loved it. I vowed to never go back to a “normal” gym again. A job transfer to the east coast and a hectic schedule forced me out of Crossfitting for a couple of years. Last year I transferred to Arizona and started looking for my new CrossFit home. I visited two places closer to where I live and was just not getting the right vibe. I stopped in to Upper Limit and immediately knew I had found the right place.
What are your fitness goals? I’m 47 now and it’s important to me to be fit, healthy and strong for many more years. I don’t want anything to limit me from enjoying life for a few more decades. I’m figuring CrossFit should allow me to continue to be a bad-ass well into my 70’s.
Talk to us about your athletic background. What did you do prior to training at CrossFit Upper Limit? I’ve always been very active and I played several sports through high school. I spent 4 years in the Army (Infantry) and that was very physically demanding. Over the years I’ve usually been a member of some generic gym, run a few 5Ks a year, played softball, and was an avid cyclist who commuted to work and did some riding on the weekends.
What type of diet do you follow? I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me. Next question.
Favorite movements in the CrossFit program? The Power Clean (although I’m not very good at it yet) and the Front Squat.
Least favorite? Thrusters and burpees! DBUs and pullups are currently not my friends but one of these days we’ll be BFFs.
Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you. I lived in Alaska for 10 years. I wouldn’t recommend it.
How has being a member of CrossFit Upper Limit impacted your life? It was over a year ago that I first came in to CrossFit Upper Limit and signed up for a free week. I went to my first class and a few days later I was out on my road bike riding up near Carefree and was in a very bad accident. I had a concussion and my collarbone was in several pieces, and it could have been much worse.
I remember Coach Amy sending me an email asking “where did you go?” I had surgery to have some hardware screwed into my shoulder and spent the next 7 months sitting on my couch getting fat and feeling sorry for myself. When I finally got the go ahead from my doctors to start exercising again I was very nervous. I thought every time I used my right arm my shoulder was going to snap in half. I thought CrossFit was NEVER going to be in my future again. I got myself to a point where I finally felt confident enough to walk back in to Upper Limit and give it a shot.
I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of confidence in myself over the last year but coming back to Upper Limit, working with the wonderful coaches, and being surrounded by the amazing people that are a part of that community has really inspired me to kick ass again! Going in everyday is the highlight of my day. So yeah, you could say Upper Limit has had a huge impact in my life.
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