Name and Age: Corey Baumgart, 25
Personal Trainer and Student
How did you get started at CrossFit TriPoint?
Former Tripointer (classmate and teammate throughout elementary-high school), Megan K., relentlessly asked me to do it with her. After 3-4 months, despite adamantly vying not to partake, I gave it the good old college try. Although my workout partner lives in a different state now, she still holds me accountable by checkin’ in every so often—keepin’ me honest and motivated.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
Lucky for me, I started a couple weeks before the Open (February), so around 8 months. If it weren’t for the Open WODs every Friday, I don’t think I would have had the same drive and sense of urgency to push myself or even really endeavor to “master” those idiosyncratic
movements: Double-Unders (Dubs), Toes to Bar (T2B), Handstand Push-ups (HSPU), etc.—you know, the movements special to that of a CrossFit workout and makes you want to die. Facing the Open at the gate was a huge wakeup call and was highly humbling.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit TriPoint?
As prosaic and banal as it may sound, it’s the people. The people make the experience. Anyone can just workout in the gym or go for a run on his or her own; however, it’s the camaraderie and kinship that organically develops that makes it ineffable to describe…I could have easily left when my workout buddy moved, but I decided to stay—simply because I enjoy the company of those all around me. We don’t just workout, then we’re done; we linger and mingle, even as we attend to our Switch program and work on our gains or toss a football around and shoot some hoops. Our people are pretty fantastic; they’re an eclectic group that runs the whole gamut: baby boomers to Generation XY & Z. The familial feel of TriPoint invests you into not only your successes, but celebrating those of others as well.
Overall, what is your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit?
My biggest accomplishments thus far would have to be the following:
– As Dane Cook says, “the friend that nobody likes,” KAREN: Completing under 10 min.
– The race against a makeshift GRACE: Squat Cleaning & Jerking my weight– 115 lbs.
– Socializing Saturday: 6 weeks in a row, I partnered with someone new in our Saturday Partner WODS. #NoCrossfitterLeftBehind (Thanks to all former and future partners!)
How has CrossFit TriPoint changed your life?
Getting outside of my box and into another “box,” expanded my view of myself and reminded me to not stay complacent. CrossFit is holistic in that it is a whole-person program that encourages you to develop and grow in all aspects mentally & physically—in and out of the
gym. It is a constant, yet ever-changing: progress is what you make it. Although a workout should never define you as a person, it certainly can and does build you as a person from the bottom-up; habits are what make the person and CrossFit instills a lot of those great values:
community, goal-setting, nutrition, health, lifestyle balance, etc. At least, TriPoint acknowledges and promotes them. We celebrate losing weight, getting married, having another birthday, moving to a new place, getting a different job, going back to school, fundraising, and a myriad of other milestones small and large. Our tight-knit group positively peer pressures you to find and achieve success both in and out of the gym. We’re constantly working to improve ourselves all around. Once you’re in our Facebook Group, you’ll never want to leave—we’re hilarious.
What are your future CrossFit goals?
I guess it can’t be a secret now, but my number #1 goal is to rank in the Top 5 Beyond the White Board World Leaderboard for the WOD, Cindy: 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats in 20 minutes. Look out, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet!
-Deadlift 250 lbs.
-Squat Clean & Jerk 125-150 lbs.
– Butterfly/Kipping Pull-up & T2B more efficiently and string together for a longer duration.
-Row & Bike with a purpose and not be lazy about it… (I hate biking and rowing.)
What advice do you have for new CrossFitters?
One of my favorite aspects regarding CrossFit is how it forces you to really get in tune with your body—knowing when to push and how much and discovering where that limit or threshold for you is. CrossFit can be highly strategic in that way—understanding the nuances of what your mind & body is capable of and prudently pacing yourself during each WOD or even for the week and coming months ahead. With that being said, the biggest takeaway being, to learn to submit yourself to a break—be it breaking it up into manageable sets during a WOD to scaling back to even taking a complete rest day(s). It’s not about how fast you fly through the work out, but finishing honestly, “unscathed,” and ready for the next day/week/month/year. Longevity is paramount, so try to be smart and listen to your body. (I guess I could have just said that…)
What is your favorite CrossFit workout?
Hands down and without a doubt the Hero WOD, Murph: 1 mile run + 100 Pull-Ups, 200 Push- ups, and 300 Air Squats (20 rounds of Cindy) + 1 mile run. Definitely with the vest next time!
What’s your favorite restaurant?
-Brunch: First Watch
-Dinner: Blue Point Grille
If you were President of the U.S. for one day, what would you do?
I would be answering 13 questions, so gonna be superstitious about it and only answer 12.
What’s one thing we probably don’t know about you?
I can say the alphabet backwards. A while ago, when I was at a 5K race with my client in July, my former high school mathematics teacher told me that I’m a part of his lesson plan for teaching outliers on line graphs/scatterplots; I can say it in less than 5 seconds.