Athletes of the Month for April: James and Wesley McGee

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness?
Wesley – August, 2019 James – May, 2016

Favorite Workout?  Wesley – Don’t really have a favorite or least favorite.James – Helen (3 rounds of 400m, 21 KB swings, 12 pull-ups)

Least Favorite Workout?  
Wesley – Don’t really have a favorite or least favorite.
James – CrossFit Open 14.5 (21-18-15-12-9-6-3 of thrusters and bar-facing burpees)  It was awful, just awful.

Favorite Movement?
Wesley – Rope climbs
James – Cleans

Least favorite Movement?Wesley – Cleans James – Thrusters

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
Wesley – I’m a Junior at Forsyth Central High School, part of their STEM academy.  I’m an Eagle Scout, and an active member of Troop 200.  I play water polo for Forsyth County Tritans, typically playing as goal keeper.

James – I’ve been married to my high-school sweetheart Camy for 20 years, and we’ve got 3 kids; Wesley-17, Gibson-15, Emerson (Emmy)-11.  I work as a regional manager of customer success for a software company, and fill my free time with serving as the Scoutmaster of Troop 200, as well as watching as many of my daughter’s soccer games as possible.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  
Wesley – Nothing more than water polo.
James – I was a regular at the 6AM class at CrossFit TriForce run by Mike and Christina, generally attending 3-4 times a week.  I’d been there for almost 3 years when they closed.  I tried the Lifetime fitness route for about 3 months before realizing I needed to get back to someone else providing the program.

What was the first CD you bought?  
Wesley – I’ve never bought a CD, but I’m a country music fan.  I honestly don’t think I’ve ever bought music.  I use Pandora heavily.
James – I’m old enough to have started with cassettes rather than CDs, and besides listening to the Casey Kasem Top-40 to record favorites off the radio, I also vividly remember my MTV Rock ’N Roll To Go mix tape.  It had songs from Hall & Oates, Madonna, Kiss, Wang Chung, and more…

Favorite Cheat meal?
Wesley – Spaghetti
James – Chipotle steak bowl

What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them?Wesley – My goal was to stay active, so yes, I’d say I’ve achieved that.
James – I wanted to keep up the routine I’d started at TriForce so I could remain fit enough to keep up with my kids.  I’ve been consistently inconsistent over the last 3 years with CS&F, but have certainly used the gym to help prepare for activity with my family.  Whether it was preparing for the Spartan runs we’ve done as a family, or making sure my legs and lungs were ready for the ~100 miles of hiking my boys and I did last summer in New Mexico, I can’t imagine not having a place like CS&F to keep me moving.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  
Wesley – No
James – It was my first week of group classes when I started, and I was still getting to know folks so I still had that nervous feeling about participation in class.  We’re going through warm-ups and have to kick up into a handstand and hold for something like 30 seconds.  I kick-up between the garage doors just fine, hold, but when it comes to kicking down, my shoelaces get stuck on the metal hook that holds the climbing ropes.  Cue the panic, and I ask the coach (while upside-down mind you) for help.  Coach says, “just kick down…” and I say, “I would, but my shoe is stuck…”  I’m pretty sure it was Brett who came to my rescue and then showed me how to cover the hook with the rope.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?  
Wesley – Consistency… just keep going.
James – You may be sore and not wanting to workout, but you’ll feel better after the warmup. Something we might not know about you is?Wesley – I’m a coin collector.  I picked up the hobby from my great grandfather, who I also happen to be named after.James – I’m currently on a quest to reclaim the high score on our family Spiderman pinball machine from Wesley.  I held the Grand Champion score for years, but Wesley went on a tear over the holidays and now holds the top spot.

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