John Hite


John Hite

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Hometown: Durham
Age: 47
Occupation: IT Analyst

When did you first start CrossFitting?:
March 2013

What is your favorite movement? Favorite workout?
Any Tabata Workouts (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off intervals)

What is your least favorite movement? Least favorite workout?
Turkish Get Ups

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
I grew up playing soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis. I did a lot of swimming at one point. That all trickled to a stop about the time I went to college.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Do you remember your first WOD? How did it go?
I was over near CrossFit Durham quite a bit (seeing bands at Motorco or drinking beers at Fullsteam) and was curious about all the activity over at CF Durham.

I can’t remember what my first WOD was, but I do remember getting hooked on the group and coach atmosphere very quickly.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before / after)
I dropped 90 pounds in the first 11 months through a combination of diet change, CrossFit and other added physical activity (I’m road and mountain biking fairly regularly). In preparation for a mountain triathlon I participated in recently, I also started run training about 8 months ago.

10424387_10204259445795844_1543336546071227587_nWhat is your favorite CrossFit/CFD moment?
Making the move from Bootcamp to “regular” CrossFit classes.

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting CrossFit?
Remember that everything is scalable. Don’t be intimidated by folks who have more experience than you do or seem to always be able to lift more than you or do more reps than you (those folks will always exist) — just focus on learning proper technique and continuous improvement and you’ll go farther than you ever thought possible.

What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I’ve been an avid motorcyclist for about 20 years. I really enjoy mountain biking and puttering around in my garage. Yes, i’m an old dude and said “puttering”. I enjoy spending time in the yard and my garden as well — landscaping can be a very calming pursuit.