July 2017 Athlete of the Month: Regan Bradford
I was born and raised in southwest Saskatchewan just outside a town called Lancer, population 75 (I even checked the 2001 census) on my family grain farm. Yes, I’m a prairie boy and every year we grow a variety of green lentils, canola, wheat, barley and rye which is then sold and shipped away to feed everyone! My grandfather while he was alive and my father had pilots licenses and flew recreationally which lead me to pursue my career as a pilot. In high school I spent my spares in high school getting my private pilots licence and after graduating high school went straight into commercial flight school in Saskatoon. My early 20’s were spent flying float and ski planes, cargo planes and small commuter type aircraft in Saskatchewan’s north. I moved to Toronto two years ago to fly for a travel airline called Air Transat currently as an A330 First Officer. My routes are primarily southern destinations in the winter and Europe during the summer months – I wont explain my random schedule however if I’m not at CF at Noon or 4:30 or if you look up and see rainbow contrails – I’m working 🏳️🌈
I’ve always enjoyed being active – I spent my time playing hockey in the winter, and competed in track and field throughout high school – now that I’m old I much prefer sangria, patios, boys and carbs after CrossFit or beach volleyball.
When I moved back from my rotation in northern Saskatchewan to Saskatoon I joined Motion Fitness ( basically Saskatchewans GoodLife ) and started my progression in fitness. I’ve always been active, I enjoyed movement and team sports but finding any kind of dedication to bicep curls and calf raises was a big challenge for me. CrossFit came to me via an ex boyfriend actually – I was very bored with my routine at my regular gym and wanted a new challenge. I started with CrossFit BRIO in Saskatoon. I actually went digging and found my CF Journal from when I started.
My first impression of CrossFit was unfortunately very negative and highly uneducated with presumptions of what this new fitness “trend” was – my impression has now since drastically changed. Im the first to recommended trying CrossFit to anyone asking for suggestions in improving their own fitness. I think CrossFit is hands down the best avenue for anyone wanting to improve their fitness. I can’t stress enough, ANYONE can do CrossFit – Don’t be intimidated – Don’t compare your chapter one to someones chapter four – You willy quickly learn that respect here is earned by hard work, determination and resilience – all things that are can’t be reflected on the leaderboard.
My CF totals on July 10/ 2014 : BS – 225 ; Deadlift – 305 ; Press – 135 and my first workout was fifteen thrusters (65#) and fifteen box jumps for three rounds.
I definitely found the challenge I was looking for. I’ve been doing CrossFit now a few years and I’m still getting my a$$ kicked on a daily basis – the workouts continue to get harder and more challenging and we always seem to come back willing the next day for more. Personally I don’t see an end in sight.
When I applied for my job here in Toronto I wanted to make sure I found a CF gym I could go to living downtown – at the time it was
just a different CrossFitgym that made me miss my old gym. After months of training with work and slowly getting settled into my new life in Toronto I was able to really commit to getting back into fitness which is when CF416 really started to grow on me. You could say location got me to CF416 however the people – coaches and members, the programming and constant positive reinforcement are keeping me committed to coming back day after day. Even if it was the loneliest, dreariest day in the middle of winter here in the city there was always a big smile from so many people that shared the same fitness dedication I do. I’m sure it’s the same at other gyms but I’m part of the CF416 crew and I wear it with pride.
I don’t really have a specific moment at CF416 that shines any brighter then the rest – It might sound cliche but any improvement even if it’s one pound or more rep should be recognized as an achievement. I mean we all have our good days and bad days but overall I think any improvement whether it’s my improvement or the person beside improving – I think that’s the best!
I’m just working on trying to keep up with the boys and girls killing it at our gym . Somedays I think my effort is pretty alright and by day’s end many people have blown my efforts right out to left field – See I totally learned a football term now, left field , thanks RX+ class!
My perfect class would look like the following:
Music: Anything Cher, Lady Gaga or Fifth Harmony
Attire: Guys- Shirtless ; Ladies – High Pony Tails
WOD: Whatever’s on the whiteboard
Coach: Dan. Solely so he is forced to put up with my music selection.
*Also can we get confetti cannons or something to start the WOD*
My favourite memory so far at CF416 is when Rich Froning and the CF2016 Invitational Athletes decided to hang out with us, and my least favourite walking into the noon class one regular day and meeting Jaylene for the first time while she’s stretching her groin saying ” what is your problem.. I’m stretching %# #%*+*%?!” 😷😷😷😷
Thanks for the recognition as being July’s athlete of the month – means a lot.