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Athlete of the week – Joe Hurster

By Todd Seabaugh | In Athlete of the Week, Blog | on June 9, 2014

Joe is a Member at CrossFit St. Louis West (ICE). Joe has come on strong since joining and clearly enjoys his work with us. We asked Joe a few questions about CrossFit and himself. Here’s what he had to say.

JoeCF STL West: Tell us a little about yourself Joe.

Joe: I have always been active.   In high school, I was on the swim team and played water polo, as well. During my college years, I was a gym rat and continued to go to the gym after I graduated.  I married my wife, Michelle, in 2008, and we have two boys, Haden (3) and Benjamin (2).   I am a huge Cardinals fan so I try to go to as many games as possible, but with two kids that’s not an easy task.  Besides that, I like to spend time with my family.

CF STL West: How long have you been CrossFitting?

Joe: It’s been just over a year now. I started with on-ramp at ICE in February, 2013.

CF STL West: What first caught your interest with Cross Fit?

Joe: I did P90x at home for a while, and the gym was just boring to me.  I heard about CrossFit and wanted to at least give it a try.  I thought I was in decent shape until my first on ramp class.  This sport is very humbling.

CF STL West: How do you like it at St. Louis West?

Joe: I have really enjoyed my time at St. Louis West.  It’s a great location for me, and the members and coaches are great.  I have never felt  out of place, even when I struggled in the beginning.  My coaches always took the time to help me learn the movements.  That’s very important; the last thing I want to do is hurt myself.

CF STL West: What kind of goals did you have or expectations when you started, and how have they changed now?

Joe: When I started CrossFit, my only goal was to become more active again.  I found it very difficult to find time for the gym, but with CrossFit, once I made the move and started, I have not stopped.  I don’t think I will be competing in the Cross fit games anytime soon, but I do enjoy the competition aspect of CrossFit.  I am always trying to lift more and become faster.

Joe is a frequent 11:45 attender at West. You St. Louis people! Tired of the heat? West is like being in a cave. A constant 62.5 degrees. (Well almost). Come out and drop in on a class in the country!

One Comment to "Athlete of the week – Joe Hurster"

  • Karen Wilson says:

    June 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    It’s been my pleasure to coach Joe and watch the growth, speed and strength Joe has gained. He is constantly trying to improve in all areas! Joe is that guy who never complains….instead he’s that guy that when you tell him to do Murph he asks, “how many rounds?” Well deserved athlete of the week Joe!!!

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