Name: Daniel A. Dail
Profession: Detective, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
How long have you been a member at WCF? 5 months
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? Since joining Walnut CrossFit, I feel stronger and more flexible. I also have the courage to try new movements that seemed very daunting when you see them in action for the first time. I remember when I first saw a thruster and thought to myself “yeah right,”, but I have become more proficient at the movement and actually did a prescribed weight during a WOD.
What is your athletic background? I played football and threw the shot put and discus in high school. After high school I joined the US Army where physical fitness is a priority. I’m not much of a runner because of my knees, but I actually had a 1 mile time of 6:36, which is fast for me. After the Army, I worked as a police officer with the City of Compton and continued to stay in shape because of the physical exercise regimen I participated in during the police academy. But, after about 6 years on the job I fell into a rut and became severely out of shape putting on over 80 pounds. I was unhappy in my marriage and I allowed this to affect my health. I know in my heart I was over 300 pounds, but I never actually stepped on a scale because I was ashamed of what I had become.
Favorite WOD: It was an AMRAP/17 where we did 7 deadlifts, 14 pull-ups and a 400m run.
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Favorite WOD: Griff
Least Favorite Lift: Overhead squat
What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? The rope climb, where I actually did it during a WOD and learning how to jump rope. I never owned a jump rope growing up and the schools I attended growing up never had jump ropes to play with. I learned how to jump rope at Walnut CrossFit and it was the first time in my life I had tried to jump rope.
Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I would like to continue to get stronger and more flexible. I will never be a Speedo model (even though Tina loves me in a Speedo – just playing), but I would like to be more in shape and feel more comfortable at the river. And, I want to get a Muscle Up!!
Do you have any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? CrossFit seems very intimidating at first, but you can do it!! I remember thinking at first that I can barely do the recommended women’s weight. I learned quickly to leave my ego at the door and work as hard as I can. Walnut CrossFit feels like an extended family that supports me through my workouts. I encourage others and they encourage me. This sense of teamwork and collaboration is infectious and motivates me to work harder. I feel like I have a personal trainer at each class and I’m working out with my friends. I love the fact that Tina, who happens to be the absolute love of my life, and I get to work together. At the gym she’d be on the stair stepper and I’d be on the elliptical and it was boring. Because of CrossFit, we are working out together and get to throw up weight, climb rope, do pull-ups, jump rope and we are loving exercise again.
Favorite place to eat? Shima Japanese Restaurant in Chino Hills
Favorite cheat meal? Costco Pizza