Nick Kecskes - October 2016 Athlete of the Month

November 9, 2016

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 33 year old guy who grew up in Southern California, and I have been living in Oregon for over 5 years now. I am married to the awesome Dory Kecskes for 4 plus years and we have a sweet kitty cat named Clara. I currently work at Columbia Helicopters and attend one of the best churches in Salem called West Salem Foursquare Church. I am a huge sports fan. A few sports teams that I follow are FC Bayern Muchen,  LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, UCLA, USA Eagles, Portland Trailblazers and many more.

How did you hear about CrossFit and why did you start?

I found CherrycIty CrossFit on the Internet while looking for a crossfit box that was located in Salem. I was tired of going to a normal gym and found CherryCity CrossFit. What sold me  on this box over other boxes in Salem was the statement on the website that says "Oh, and we love Christian music, and we’re going to play it. LOUD!" along with their desire to send a child in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya to school for every five memberships. Following this I asked one of my friends from church that has been doing CrossFit for a while now and he said Coach Ryan is an awesome guy.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

Before doing CrossFit I weighed 250 pounds and could not walk up a flight of stairs without breathing heavy when I got to the top. Also I could not slow jog 200 meters without walking. After doing CrossFit for 5 months I am able to walk up a flight of stairs and it seems like it was nothing. When it comes to my slow jogging I am able to slow jog over 800 meters without walking now.  I can now "out-lift" a few of my co-workers and go on uphill walks without difficulty.

What have you accomplished, that you couldn't before, because of CrossFit?

Being able to jog for more then 200 meters. Push pressing 100 pounds over my head.

Tell us one goal or P.R. you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.

A short term goal is do a normal push up 20 times. A long term  goal of mine is to run or jog a 5k under 30 minutes. A PR that I want to accomplish is to get my name on the white board.

What is your favorite part of Cherry City CrossFit?

The friends that I am making and how we all encouraging each other on, either during the workout or after the workout. One example of how awesome the coaching staff is, during the Onramp class, we were on our last class repeating the first workout that we did. I was still having a hard time slow jogging 200 meters and Coach Ryan was out there encouraging us on. On my last jog that I had to do, the last leg of the run, I was just going to walk back to the box, but Coach Ryan was out there and he slow jogged back to the box. To me he did not have to be out there, but he was there encouraging me and the rest of us on. It meant a lot that he jogged back, this just shows one example of how much the coaches care for members of CherryCity Crossfit. I was hooked on CherryCity Crossfit before that time, but that is just one example of how awesome the coaching is at CherryCity Crossfit.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love all CrossFit movements now. Some movements I am still working on to perfect but I love the challenge that CrossFit gives me to always better my time and my self.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit movement?

When I first started CrossFit I disliked the walkouts with push ups.

Why do you fight? What pushes or motivate you?

I am tired of being overweight and not able to do stuff with out getting out of breath. Then watching the Master division of Crossfit and seeing people that are 60 plus in age doing more workout type stuff then me, has pushed me to keep on improving. I want to break the norm that I see. Also the most important thing that I use to keep on pushing me is God's scripture in the Bible that addresses being fit, one example of scripture 2nd Thessaionians 1:11 "Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be..." (The Message interpretation)