Congrats Scott, Helen, Rianna and Aric on being our next Athlete Spotlight
First and Last Name: Scott, Helen, Rianna and Aric Airitam
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Age: 48, 50
Occupation: Owner and General Manager of Scott Airitam’s Leadership Systems, LLC
Marital Status: Married
Children (Ages): 22, 18
When did you first start CrossFitting? September 2011
When did you first start training at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland? September 2011
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Scott – DT; Helen – Annie
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Scott – Fran; Helen – Jackie
Tell us about your sports & fitness background. Scott – High School basketball and has been involved in sports of some kind ever since. Helen – played high school basketball, volleyball and softball and played in one of these ever since. Rianna – high school track; Aric – played soccer and basketball since 4 years old and continued through his high school career.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Scott – Sail boat racing and running Airitam Nation. Helen – Reading, gardening and crafting.
How did you first get exposed to our gym community? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Was interested in starting Crossfit and found CFG. Came in and did the assessment and within 2 weeks of starting Crossfit we competed in Fight Gone Bad at the Garland Fire Training Center and we did not know any of the movements…..we learned them as we went!
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome? Scott – lack of flexibility; lots of scar tissue in ankles and bad knees; chronic backache (started with PVC everything no weights!). Helen – no upper body strength at all (could not do a single pull up or push up).
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since you’ve started training here (before starting/ after having trained here)? Scott – Whole 30 – understanding nutrition and body a lot better; LCBC has changed ability to lift and technique is so MUCH better. No longer have backache issues. When I broke my leg Robert was able to work with my Orthopedic Surgeon and was able to plan my physical therapy rehabilitation so that I could do it all at the gym. Helen – I have gained upper body strength and now can do pullups and pushups (still not my favorite!) I find that I eat better and make better (healthy) choices and that I really enjoy working out and the feeling of accomplishment when I master a new skill. Aric – had peaked and did personal training with 3QFitness and improved his strength, quickness, endurance and confidence.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Scott – Body composition changed – added muscle (added almost 20 lbs muscle mass in my time at crossfit.) As a description of functional movement – helping people move is so much easier! J Meeting new people and making good friends at the gym! Helen – I find that I am more willing to try new things as my confidence has grown by doing CrossFit. Plus Scott and I look so much better in pictures now! :-p
Please share with us any of your favorite 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland moments. Scott – All of the competitions that I have watched or been a part of outside of the CFG gym. I love the social aspect of the open workouts at the gym and the camaraderie within our teams and with the other teams. Another favorite is when I got on the Leaderboard for Deadlift at 405lbs! Helen – All of the open workouts at the gym. My first time doing a strict pullup and my first time doing a chest to bar during an open workout!
How would you encourage someone who was considering joining or getting started at 3Q Fitness CrossFit Garland? Scott – come to the Team workouts on Saturday and try it for free. Join and attend the same class for a month so that they get to know the people in the class and so that they have the support. We tell people that your body will be in shock for the first three weeks and body will ache and hurt, but once you get past that it becomes fun! Helen – I tell people they should try it – does not matter where they are in the health/fitness goals/abilities because 3QFitness will meet you where you are and help you meet new goals and increase your abilities. We would also say to do NOT cheat yourself by pretending to finish reps or rounds. Record your progress accurately and then beat it the next time so that you constantly grow and move toward your goals.