Student Spotlight: Curtis Thompson

Curtis hammering out double-unders during the CrossFit Games Open 15.3.

Curtis hammering out double-unders during the CrossFit Games Open 15.3.

Tell us a little something about yourself: Where are you from? What do you do for work and fun? What is your sports & fitness background?

I grew up in Reno, NV and sports & fitness have always been an important part of my life. I played baseball through high school and have always been active hiking, mountain biking, skiing and all the other fun activities that come with living in the mountains. I’m a civil engineer working mainly on road and bridge projects and I like beer- really like beer.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Missoula?

I started in Nov. 2013 after getting punished on a guest day.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Describe your experience.

Laura, my wife, convinced me to try a WOD with a ton of pullups on a guest day. I thought I was in decent shape, but my arms were so sore the next three days I could barely straighten them. That was a humbling wake-up call and I couldn’t waste all that soreness, so I signed up.

What’s your CrossFit “super power”? What are you good at?

Low weight, high volume workouts. That’s where the little guys like me can hang in there with the bigger athletes at the prescribed load.

What’s your CrossFit “goat”? What skill or ability are you currently chasing?

Definitely double unders- they kill me. I have improved since I could only do 1-2 in a row, but I still struggle.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting at CrossFit Missoula?

All good. I’m lighter, stronger, and healthier. The nutritional training and advice I’ve received, which I didn’t expect, has played a huge part in getting me to a level of fitness I’ve never reached before.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit Missoula moments:

A year ago, doing a muscle up seemed far out of reach. Friday I did 10 and I’m working to increase that more. Pretty awesome.

What advice do you have for someone just getting started with CrossFit?

Somewhere around 5-6 months after I started, I hit a plateau and it was a little frustrating. I got more serious about eating right and starting eating in the “Zone.”  It made a huge difference in my performance.  I would say, don’t ignore or take the nutritional aspects of training too lightly, like I did.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of learning the Olympic lifts, which were new to me. They are way more difficult and intricate than they look on TV.