CrossFit Wenatchee focuses on helping athletes develop a love for fitness and integrating the strength and confidence they gain in the gym in to their daily lives. Our Coaching staff, and their unique backgrounds and skill-set, provide a welcoming environment for athletes of all levels and are here to help you reach your goals both inside and outside of the gym.
Featured Athlete: Ben Seims
Ben has been a positive addition to CrossFit Wenatchee from the moment he walked through the doors for Newbie Night! He is always encouraging other athletes, high-fiving and getting the "WhooHoo's" in. If you are digging deep in a wod and you hear a voice encouraging you to keep going, it is usually Ben. We are proud to have him as our current Featured Athlete. Here is some more about Ben:
Who is Ben? I’m a pretty normal guy. Father of three teenage boys; Andrew, Tanner, and Michael. Husband to one wife; Patricia. I work full time as a nurse, and I’m a Captain in the Army National Guard. I like to spend my free time with my boys and Patti, outside when I can get there, and being a crossfit bro. When I’m not doing that I like to write science fiction/fantasy stories
When/how did you start CrossFit! I was invited down by my two sistas, Jenel and Carrie, for newbie night a little over a year ago. That night I won a month long membership. I took a couple months off after that, then restarted January of this year.
What do you enjoy about CrossFit? The community. There are not many groups that you get to share moments of weakness and strength with. There are times whengroups can start to fail apart instead of pulling together when things are difficult. It seems different with the CF groups I’ve been around (I’m partial towards our CFW of course); it almost always feels like extended family when I’m around them. When you can get a group that sticks together and pulls through weakness, and shares success together, it creates a bond that becomes a second family, and that is very priceless to me. On a more individual level, I like how tenacious it is. There aren’t many things in life that make us push ourselves past what we think is our breaking point. Sometimes our minds get in the way of what we can fully achieve, get us to stop doing something so we stay safe, when what we really need to do is push on, drive forward, give some second, third, or fourth effort. By being persistent, constantly improving our skills and work-sets, and getting out of our comfort zones, we grow, become more mature, we get better at adapting to difficult situations in our everyday lives, at overcoming adversity, and improvising strategy to bypass obstacles when it feels like giving up is the only option. Basically it’s another way for us to become better human beings.
Explain your experience/transformation? Fitness has been a passion of mine for some time. I remember struggling with overall health after my third son, Michael, was born. I was twenty-one, twenty-two maybe, and I had ballooned up to two hundred and sixty pounds. I got a negative counseling statement from my platoon sergeant, because I couldn’t do all my sit ups, and I didn’t pass my Height, weight, tape (go figure, right). I saw this picture of myself and I was like “Who’s that fat guy” and then I realized it was me. It started me on a journey that led to many different methods and ideologies on health and wellbeing until I eventually found a home at CF Wenatchee.
Who inspires you in your daily life? Patti and our boys always inspire me to be the best person I can be. Who doesn’t want to be better for our family, right? As far as on a grander scale, I draw inspiration from other human beings. I have had the rare opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most fantastical humans on a daily basis through out my life. So, regardless of the horror and cruelness that some are capable of, I am in absolute awe at the never ending streams of truly amazing individuals out there. People who have unlimited kindness, ones who have gone through seemingly impossible trials and tribulations, and achieved levels of greatness that I would have never guessed because of the humility that they display; all virtues I see daily from my family (yes that includes you), friends, neighbors, coworkers, and community members. I have a lot of inspiration to draw off of.
Who inspires you in the gym? I’m going to say my peeps that WOD with me, share yells and yelps with me, and put up with my loud mouth character. It never fails that the shared energy we amp up helps to drive me through another rep, another push, or one more leap of faith.
What life goal do you have that CrossFit will help you attain? I often live in dystopian worlds in my writing, and I always think “am I fit enough to survive?” So my life goal is to survive a zombie apocalypse, I believe that with the current programing, that I’ll be able to achieve that goal. Thanks for helping me not be part of the zombie hoard Kelsey and Noah!
Who does CrossFit training help you in your daily life? When I get all my WODs in, people think I’m a badass. When people think I’m a badass, they’re too awestruck to talk to me. When people are too awestruck to talk to me, I get more free time. When I get more free time, I write a New York Times bestseller. When I write a New York Times bestseller, I smile. When I smile, I create world peace. Boom!
If you could design a workout, it would be...?
Fifteen minutes to work up to a heavy misfit complex
Heavy 3 rep dead lift
Complete 2 RFT. (20 lb vest is optional)
10 KB thrusters
Run 400 meters
20 box jumps
Run 200 meters
2 rope climb