Athlete of the Month – September 2016 – Joe McCoy

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now?
Before I would work out at a big box gym (24 hour fitness) and found I lacked motivation by being there. I would get bored with the daily mundane routine and was looking for something challenging, that would keep my interest, that would be ever changing, and that put me back into a competitive environment. Now I am highly motivated, excited to be at BCF, and really enjoy working out with everyone. Being here has helped me reach new goals I had for myself, and the coaches and other athletes always push me to be my best.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
Continually hitting and setting new goals depending on what I want to accomplish. My goal when I started was to be as fit as I could, and I work towards it every day. I set a lot of stepping stone goals to help me reach my big picture ones. I find that helps me keep the path to being fit and strong.

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?
The community. The coaches. But mostly the community. At our first CF gym, there was no sense of it and I found I was not as motivated. Being in a place where we work out with a strong sense of community has helped me grow. The people at BCF really make me excited to be there.

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF?
Getting to mess with Mike every day. Kidding. I love having fun while staying focused and working hard. The coaches and people make it fun, yet when it is time to work, they help you get as best you can. The coaches really take time to help each person, no matter the skill level. Everyone has something to learn.

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
My first time doing Fran was humbling. I thought I was fit when I first did it, then I looked at the times of other athletes and realized I had a long way to go. I knew I had it in me, but it was going to take a lot of work and effort. So that’s how I started trying to be competitive. I think it was day 4 of Crossfit! Ha!

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
Can I have two answers? The first one is Hayley Gooding. I really admire her work ethic, she is one of those quiet workers that comes in, works hard, doesn’t make a big show of things, and she just dominates. I love working out with her because she pushes me to be the best athlete I can. Hayley being at the gym has helped me be a better athlete. I see her work ethic and realize what it takes to be a regional athlete and I am working towards that. My other inspiration is Kirby Doyle. He is a beast, I hope I can continue to work and be like him. He is another one that works really hard, he focuses on so many different aspects of training. He has the slow and steady mentality, like me. Strength is not built overnight and he takes all the steps to do it right and to constantly make improvements.

– Joe

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