Every CrossFit box needs a Joby Fowler! Joby always comes to class with energy, heart, and effort, which is hard some days when Michael has programmed burpees! When looking for an Athlete of the Month, we find someone who exhibits a life of balance and hard work in and out of the box. It is way beyond how elite he or she performs in the gym or how much they can lift. Joby Fowler was an easy choice for us. Beyond his physical strength and constant progress, he displays a level of mental toughness and heart that a lot of us strive for. Not only does he push himself, he encourages and extends help when he can to others in class. We are thankful to have you Joby and applaud your hard work in class and out in the real world as well!
"He is always smiling and encouraging others in addition to being a good athlete. He has a fire to push himself that is incredible!"
- Coach Stacey H.
"He has been doing really well but I've seen him on multiple occasions helping others as well"
- Coach Bill
"He makes me laugh and is always so encouraging. Every box should have a Joby"
- Coach Sara
Take a few minutes to get to know more about our April Athlete of the Month
1. How were you first introduced to CrossFit?
I was introduced to CrossFit through a couple friends, Spencer Grigg and Patrick Raible. Ultimately it was through the encouragement of my wife that I got out of my garage and started at CrossFit Gastonia.
2. What is your favorite exercise/lift and what is your biggest foe?
My favorite exercise is the rower, and favorite lift is the deadlift. Biggest foe remains squat snatch/overhead squat. Did you know that Joby rowed for his college team? He kills it on the rower, don't let his height fool ya!
3. What is your proudest CrossFit Accomplishment?
My proudest CrossFit accomplishment would be completing that first Open exercise, 17.1. I was very nervous going in, and gave it everything I had. He killed all five Open workouts! Joby placed in the top two scaled male athletes this year!
4. What goals have you set for yourself 6 months-1 year out?
My overall goal would be to RX nearly every exercise one year from now. More specifically, I really want to improve in the area of gymnastics the most (don't we all)!
5. What do you love most about the CFG Family?
I love the camaraderie and mutual support that is found at the box. There is a real sense of shared desire for every person to press on and persevere in the midst of pain.
6. When you aren't at the box training, what can we find you doing?
Being a husband and father. Coaching soccer, playing with my kids, and spending time with my wife. General life stuff.
7. What keeps you motivated/inspired- quote/person
On a tangible level, its the others at the box, watching them work hard and push themselves motivates me to do the same. More than this its the desire to live a life of striving to be better - more whole, more loving and more useful to the Lord and my fellow man today than yesterday.