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October Athlete of the Month: Kirk Wascom

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness? 

I believe it was March 2015.

Favorite Workout?  

Hero WOD’s

Least Favorite Workout?  

Any WOD with a lot of running; since I do not run.

Favorite Movement? 

Pull ups and rowing

Least Favorite Movement? 

Thrusters

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have one son. He is 31 and married. My son, his wife and their son live in Auburn, AL. I have worked for State Farm Insurance for 33 years. I am a claim manager. I manage a team of claim specialist. We handle auto injury claims, coverage questions and litigation. My job with State Farm relocated me here from Alabama in 2012. I have a condo at Lake Martin, AL and it’s my “happy place”. I have an amazing girlfriend who accepts me for me, makes me feel special, encourages me and always asks me “how was CF?” She is an avid runner.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  

My son who was very active in CF and coaching CF at the time.  He motivated me and encouraged me to try CF. Before I joined CS&F I really had never worked out or done much exercise.

What was the first CD you bought?  

Probably a Styx or Boston eight track.

Favorite Cheat meal? 

Sorry Rachel, I have a horrible diet. I cheat every meal. In all honesty, if I would do better with my eating and diet I could probably do more pull ups and maybe a muscle up! I drink beer. I like beer!

What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them? 

I was truly a newbie and I had thoughts that I couldn’t do all this stuff. At first I couldn’t do a pull up, I couldn’t jump rope, squatting was not pretty and weights on the bar were light, so my goals turned into accomplishing one movement at a time.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  

What really impresses me is how the CS&F members encourage one another. The coaches push you but don’t make you feel defeated from a tough WOD.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?   

Like life, CF has its up and downs. Keep track of your workouts and you will see the improvements that you will make. If there is a particular movement you are not getting, then work on that movement at open gym or before class so you can successfully learn it. Don’t be afraid to ask any of the coaches for tips and help. They are always willing to give you tips and help with any of the movements you are struggling with.

Something you might not know about me is?   

I am a cancer survivor (lipo sarcoma). In 1994 I had a tumor removed from my left thigh and underwent a course of radiation treatment confined in the hospital for three weeks. To this date, my left leg is not totally functional, which is why I don’t run during WOD’s, and my left leg limitations causes me to have limited mobility with squats and other movements. Although I am not certain of this, but I may be the oldest member. If not, I’m a close second. It’s fun trying to keep up with all you young guns!

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