Henry has been with us since May of 2012 and is a dedicated member of the 6:30am class. The effort he puts in every day is impressive and consistent. He always arrives with a smile and despite the outside temperature we have yet to see him without his trademark blue hoodie! Henry continues to improve and is a constant inspiration to the other members around him. Not only does he inspire the members, but is an inspiration to all of us as coaches!
Here is what Henry has to say…
Growing up in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn during the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s I had to be physically and mentally fit in order to survive; specifically, I learned to run fast. This self-motivation formed the basis of who I am today and it served me well during my years in with the army rangers and later when I served in Iraq.
As far as maintaining my physical well-being, the decades following the ‘80’s was an uninspiring hodge-podge gyms and dead-end workout programs. I knew that with 2 active boys at home I needed to find a well-structured, effective, but varied program.
It wasn’t until April of 2012 when I read about Crossfit in the NY Post that I became intrigued. Surprisingly, I found that such a place existed in Kingston less than 2 miles from my work! I was offered two free trials and I was hooked. The workouts at Crossfit are mentally and physically challenging, my morning ‘family’ encourage me – as I do them, and the instructors correct my technique and push me to do more. Proof of that has been that since I’ve been with CF Ulster I’ve worn out 2 pairs of sneakers and a hoodie. Usually I wear out a pair of sneakers every 3 years or so and a hoodie every 5 years. (I’m due for a new hoodie soon.) Whereas I may be past my prime now, I’m glad I can still hang with the younger guys and gals. I have finally found a home in Crossfit….now if they would play more ‘70’s Classic Rock music it would be THE perfect gym.