Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Brandon Conner: My name is Brandon Conner.
IS: How long have you being doing crossfit?
BC: I have been Crossfitting since August 2008.
IS: Have you been involved in some other sports before that?
BC: Before Crossfit I was an APF powerlifter. 661 back squat, 365 bench press, & 578 deadlift, at bodyweight of 198… but couldn’t run across the room!
IS: How did people around you accept the fact that you are doing crossfit?Did they take a jaundiced view of it?
BC: Many were and still are, doubtful at first (including myself). The results speak for themselves, though!
IS: Do you have a nutrition plan that you follow? If yes, do you meet disapproval from you friends?Or do they understand why you eat the way you do?
BC: I eat Zone-paleo. Stay away from the gluten! Meat and veggies, nuts and seeds, etc. Protein, fat, and carbs at every sitting. Love my cheat nights though! My friends outside the Crossfit community think I’m crazy, carrying around my cooler full of Tupperware, but nutrition is the foundation of fitness!( writer’s note: Check out Brandon’s facebook album with his nutrition! I love the way he preps his food! See how big people are made in the kitchen!)
IS: What does crossfit mean to you and did it change your life in some way?
BC: Crossfit has changed my life, not just the way I look at fitness. It gives me confidence in all areas of my life, and a general sense of well-being throughout the day.
IS: What is your favorite WOD and which one do you hate the most?
BC: Favorite WOD=Jackie, or anything with deadlifts- preferrably heavy ones!
Least favorite=Kelly!( 150 box jumps+150 wall balls=misery…)
Some Brandon Conner power!
IS: Is it hard for you to combine your daily tasks with workouts? And have you ever used the excuse that you are too busy to workout?
BC: My job is a trainer allows me more opportunities than most to focus on my fitness. I always make time to workout- even if its a WOD I’m dreading, I’m looking forward to it too! Rest days are what I don’t like 🙂
IS: What is your biggest accomplishment in crossfit so far?
BC: My biggest accomplisment in Crossfit so far I’d say would be placing 8th in the Affiliate challenge at the 2010 Crossfit Games. Crossfit Atlanta represent!
IS: Do you remember some funny story with you and Crossfit?
BC: Funny story with Crossfit? Too many to pick from, sometimes it helps just to laugh at myself and not take things too serious…
IS: What advice would you give to the beginner crossfiters in Bulgaria?
BC:For those just starting out, focus on your weaknesses, learn the movements that you’d rather avoid. Nutrition and rest are just as important as hitting the WOD’s hard. Be consistent!! Enter local competitions if possible, and most of all… have FUN!!!