Dallas Gotschall

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Name: Dallas Gotschall
Age: 37
CrossFit Start Date (and box): May 2011 at Lalanne Fitness
Favorite movement or WOD: muscle ups & Nasty girls
Least favorite movement or WOD: squat snatch or pistols. Don’t think I really have a least favorite WOD — some are just more challenging than others.

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What was your athletic background prior to CrossFit?
I played high school baseball, and pretty much every intramural sport in college.
How did you hear about CrossFit? What convinced you to join, and why have you stayed?
I think it was in reading about how the actors from the movie 300 got in shape, and how it wasn’t typical weightlifting. I don’t know if it was actually CrossFit at that point, but it opened my mind to alternatives to traditional weightlifting programming — which, after about 15 years, had gotten stagnant and I had stopped really making any progress or gains.
>How do you manage the mental and physical demands of CrossFit training?
I used to be nervous about it all day, then you just kind of realize you do what you can do, and you always try to give the most you can that day. It might not always be 100%, but you always push beyond what you think you can do.
What do you love about the people and/or place where you train?
The community. All of my friends are pretty much from the box. It’s a true family-like atmosphere.
What do you do in your everyday life? How has CrossFit impacted that role (or roles)?
I’m a Creative Director (graphic design). I sit in front of a computer all day, so really the only way it has effected that is for me to think about how sedentary I am for 8+ hours a day.
Looking back, what 2-3 things did you wish you knew when you started CrossFit?
Go slow. I had to see a physical therapist/doctor/chiropractor three times my first year for various injuries. Also, flexibility is hugely important.
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?  What is your most embarrassing moment?
Coming in 2nd place at the Festivus Games was pretty cool…though they lost my scores, so that is unofficial.  Embarrasing wise, I jacked myself pretty good in the face with the barbell working on the snatch. Had a huge puffy and bruised lips for about a week.
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