Student Spotlight – Robby Farnes

Robby lifting 68 kg (150 lb) in the two hands anyhow.
Robby lifting 68 kg (150 lb) in the two hands anyhow.

Where are you from?

Missoula

When did you first start training at CrossFit Missoula?

Kate and I decided to start up right after we got married. It was the July 2012.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

In high school I played football, basketball, threw javelin and ran relay in track.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?

Kate was doing Crossfit when we first started dating. She always talked very highly of it and wanted to start it back up. So we figured it would be a great thing for us to do together.

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after?

I don’t remember the exact work out. But I know it had 400m runs and overhead squats. I stunk it up.  Could hardly do one OHS. I remember getting lapped multiple times. Felt like crap afterword’s and my self a steam was also very low. But I think it was very good for me. I came in thinking I was in pretty decent shape. It showed my one of my biggest weakness right out of gate and showed me how much I had to improve on.

What’s your favorite workout?

I love workouts that have rope climbs and stone cleans.

Least favorite workout?

Anything with thrusters or wallballs.

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

My body has leaned out a lot. More than anything, I have noticed that I have a lot more energy in every day things. I don’t get tired as often. I seem to sleep a lot better at night and wake up ready to go right away. I all around feel better. No more lower back pain or any shoulder pain.

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit?

I think the biggest unexpected change is how much I like Crossfit. It is truly addictive. We started out doing 2 days a week and have slowly progressed to doing 5 and sometimes 6 days a week. Any time we miss a workout or go a couple days without working out just feels wrong.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit Missoula moments:
I loved the “Murph” group workout. Had a lot of fun and enjoyed the big group workout.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?

Just stick with it. The first couple weeks are tough. At first it almost doesn’t seem like it is worth the hard work. But if you hang it there and stick it out it really does pay off.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to thank Daniel for all his hard work. It really does make a big difference. Knowing that your coach cares as much as you do about our physical fitness and reaching our goals really pushes and keeps me committed.