Graham Switzer

Member Profile: Graham Switzer

What brought you to DCCF?
-Essentially, filling the void to compete again. I became stagnant going to a normal gym every day. No matter how many times I adjusted my training, I would start going through the motions and lose my competitive drive. Like most people, many of the CrossFit elements were foreign to me, but the whole theory and science behind CrossFit made sense. Aside from physical enhancements, I knew CrossFit would provide what normal training couldn’t.

How long have you been a member?
-Just over 1 year.

Did you play any sports in High School or College? Past athletic history?
-Football and Powerlifting. I went to UK to play football but a career ending knee injury cut that dream short.

Who inspires you at DCCF?
-All the members and coaches who show up everyday. One of the most difficult (and most important) aspects of physical fitness is consistency. I get the most inspiration from the daily grind members and coaches who come in everyday regardless of how busy, how tired, or how sore they are.

Tell us about your CrossFit goals…
-To compete. I have yet to actually test myself in real competition but my goal is to make it to Regionals in 2016. I still have a lot to learn.

What are your proudest accomplishments in CrossFit?
-When I started CrossFit, I was coming off my second major knee reconstruction. Orthopedic surgeons told me weighted squatting would be something I probably will never be able to do again. Needless to say, I lacked confidence and was worried there would be a ceiling for my potential. My proudest accomplishment to date is the overall progress that CrossFit has provided. The knee is stronger than when I powerlifted, and I love heavy squats.

Since joining, what changes have you seen in your life?
-Physically and mentally, I’m stronger and healthier.

What areas are you working to improve?
-Anything gymnastics related. I also hate running.

If you could have a theme song playing when you workout, what would it be?
-Three Six Mafia. Loud.

If we named a WOD for you, what would it consist of?
-Some combination of heavy deadlifts, power cleans and rowing.

Are you paleo? Zone? Neither? Some of all? What is your experience with that?
-I currently am doing the paleo challenge and love the results I’m getting. Typically, I’m 90% paleo and adjust complex carbohydrates to my training.

Do you use CrossFit principals in any other areas of your life?
-CrossFit teaches you to set and accomplish goals, both short and long-term. I personally tend to set more long-term goals, but CrossFit has helped me realize the importance of short-term execution, which has also applied to my life outside the gym.

What do you like to do in your down time?
-Travel, golf, anything social.