2015 Sep | By THE ARMADA9.30.2015 POSTED BY THE ARMADA
Meet your Armadian: Eric Allum
Tell us a little about your Non-CrossFit Life.
When I’m not at the Box, I can usually be found spending time with my lovely/patient wife (Nina) and my two beautiful daughters (Marissa and Mila). When I’m not with them, I’m usually at my job as a Hospital Administrator at Texas Children’s Hospital. If I’m not in either of those places, then I’m probably traveling for my military reserve duty, watching sports or participating in some competitive/physical event (rucking, urban race, etc.).
When did you begin your training at CrossFit Armada and how has it influenced your life?
My CrossFit journey started in January 2014, due largely to a Groupon for a discounted fundamentals course. To be completely honest, I’m skeptical by nature and I came into CF expecting not to like it. Most of my information about CF prior to that was misguided and led me to believe that it was some strange cult where they would try to brainwash me into joining a secret society of wearing only Reebok and Lulu. But, I ended up really liking it and I guess I’m in the cult now because I recently purchased my first pair of Nanos and I catch myself frequently tuning out others who talk about how hard their workouts are at La Fitness or the YMCA. How has it changed my life? Well I’m definitely stronger now, I’ve met some phenomenal people and it forced me to join another cult (the Facebook).
Biggest challenge with CrossFit?
Pacing myself – It really bugs me when there’s a movement that I think I should be able to do, but I’m not able to. It can be hard for me to accept that I may not be strong enough or technical enough yet to do something. My natural instinct (and ego) tend to want to try and force it rather than accept I need more work/training.
Favorite part of CrossFit?
This might seem strange to some, but my favorite and least favorite part of CF is the 10 second countdown before a WOD. I’m a serious procrastinator, and if allowed to I will delay and drag the inevitable out as long as I can. I have no control over that timer (which I hate), but I love once it’s started because it forces me to focus and accept that what comes next is going to be tough, but worth it.
List some of your goals for the next 12 months and some recent accomplishments that you are proud to share.
Well I recently did a bar muscle up. It wasn’t pretty, but for me it was like climbing my Everest. I’ve been at war with that movement for a while. My goal is to continue to progress on that movement and then transition to the rings. It still bugs me to this day that I didn’t score on that Open workout because I couldn’t do one MU.
My kipping is getting better, and I’ve been in the top 3 on the leaderboard on a few WODs so I’m feeling pretty good about that.
What is your favorite and least favorite movement or workout? And why?
Favorite – Murph. It has a high suffer factor and I’ve yet to do it RX (weighted vest), but I love what it stands for and the fact we do it in a large group so I get to suffer with folks I don’t usually suffer with.
Least Favorite – Any WOD by myself. I get strength and comfort from knowing at least one other person is suffering with me. Oh yeah, and Linda. I do not like Linda.
What is your proudest moment at Armada?
By far, seeing my youngest daughter (Mila) do her first chin-up under the guidance of Coach Melissa. She was so excited to show me after I finished my WOD because she had never been able to do one unassisted at the house. I get too focused on myself a lot of the time and what I’m trying to accomplish. It was a great reminder to make sure I’m sharing in the joy and accomplishments of those around me as well.