Paul Brown

My wife Tish and I first moved from New York to Tuba City in autumn 2011 shortly after getting married.

Paul1We previously belonged to a typical gym with tons of equipment where no one knew or spoke to each other. When we arrived, we learned that there isn’t a gym in Tuba City so we went shopping for a one in Flagstaff. I looked up Flagstaff gyms online and we visited a few. One of the gyms I read about was CrossFit Flagstaff and it sounded really interesting (we had never heard of CrossFit before). I called and learned that we would have to go through several weeks of pre-training before we could begin the regular workouts. After some debate, we decided to give it a chance and now we can’t imagine ever belonging to any other kind of gym. I’ll never forget my first WOD – prowlers. Yes, like many CrossFit stories, I threw-up afterward. The next day I came back for more. I was a slow learner too. Executing proper technique was really challenging for me the first year, but with repetition and reflection I’ve been able to improve and see real progress. A major turning point for me was entering the 2013 CrossFit Games. I didn’t think I was performing at a high enough level to compete and I never would have considered it had it not been for the encouragement of the coaches. I rarely RX’d a WOD, but in the competition, we really didn’t have a choice but to go for it. I learned each week that I have a lot more strength and ability than I had given myself credit for. Ever since then I find myself RXing more and believing more in my abilities. Like so many of us, CrossFit has become a very important part of my life.

What motivates me to keep growing as a CrossFit athlete?

1. Tish. She constantly pushes me to be the best athlete I can be. I couldn’t ask for a better partner or cheerleader. It’s awesome that we love CrossFit together. 2. PR’s and Gains. Getting better, faster, and stronger is incredibly motivating. 3. Team CrossFit. The support and encouragement of both the coaches and the other athletes is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. 4. Bacon. ‘Nuff said.

The community that Lisa Ray has built here is unbelievable. I started out looking for a gym, but today I belong to a fitness community. I am so grateful to the coaches for all their encouragement (and patience), and also to all the great friends we have made here. I take the life lessons I learn in CrossFit with me every day. Thank you CrossFit Flagstaff, I am a better person because of all of you.