The Other Total

At 0:00 build to a 1 RM Overhead Squat
At 15:00 build to a 1 RM Bench Press
At 25:00 build to a 1 RM Power Clean

Transformation Tuesday: Brian Siet

Brian and his wife, Wendy, have been doing CrossFit for about 5 months and have been crushing it. They are super dedicated and motivated to get better and it certainly shows. Awesome job, Brian. Keep up the good work!
When did you start CrossFit and why? 
I started with CrossFit November 2015, so it has just been about 5 months.  I definitely consider myself a rookie, and I am still learning the movements and proper form and technique.  Prior to November, I would join a Gym, pay X amount for a year, and then I would never go.  I did not know a lot about CrossFit, but I had some good friends that were dedicated to the program.  After months of talking about it, I decided to attend a bring a friend day with my friend, John Downes at another Crossfit.  I thought I was going to die after attempting burpees and some other movements in the workout.  At that time, my wife Wendy and I decided that we would try Crossfit for a month. After working with one of the coaches, Mike, we found ourselves quickly feeling “hooked” by the experiences, and actually looking forward to the next day, and we have never looked back.  For example, this past Saturday we had a jammed packed day of youth sports that I coach (my other love and passion), but I did not want to miss a workout.  So, the alarm went off at 6:30 am, so I could complete a workout prior to coaching 4 soccer games (all shut out wins) but who’s keeping track of the scoreJ.  The only time my alarm would ever go off prior to 7:00am on a Saturday was for an annual golf match.
Favorite workout/movement 
I really don’t have a “favorite,” but if I had to pick one, I would say deadlifts.
Least favorite workout/movement 
If I can only name one, it would probably be the overhead squats!!  I’m guessing we may now see overhead squats in the next WOD (workout of the day).
How have you progressed towards your goals (how many times a week you workout, how you may have changed your diet, etc)?
Since January, I have lost 30 pounds from 213 lbs down to 183 lbs.  I am thankful that I did not quit after 3-4 days, like I had for the past several years when trying to diet.  Most of my weight loss is due to the change in my daily intake of food and calories.  For many years, I felt like I had little control over what I was eating.  Finally, I started making better nutritional choices.  I reduced the amount of bagels, fries, ice cream, and snack foods  that I would consistently eat in large portion sizes, even when I was not hungry.  The best advice that I could offer is what Dan from Pennant Crossfit shared with me.  He said that it is okay to have an off day, but you just get back on track the next day.  I know this seems simple, but for some reason, it’s not what Dan said, but how he said it that made it click!!
CrossFit has complimented my nutritional changes.  I have been trying to work out 4 to 5 times a week, and I always can’t wait to see the next challenge on the workout board, unless its overhead squats.  At this point, it is about continuing to change the shape of my body rather than dropping more pounds. It is exciting to see myself accomplishing goals that I never thought possible; for example, I didn’t think that I would ever do a handstand, but this week I was performing handstand negative pushups!
What do you like most about CrossFit? 
The workouts are challenging, but they are extremely rewarding after completion.
All of the success stories start with having excellent, dedicated coaches.  I can’t vouch for other CrossFits, but the coaches at Pennant CrossFit are extremely knowledgeable, and they have somehow found the right buttons to motivate and push me to my limits, and wanting more each day.  Wendy and I felt like we immediately connected with Coach Mike back in November, and then we met Dan and we were so impressed with his coaching, programming, and dedication.  Coach Kaitlyn, Rob and Kevin continue to push me to help me accomplish things that I never thought possible.
The community at Pennant Crossfit is like no other with the way the members and coaches support and encourage each other.  For me, it is about being accountable, not quitting during team exercises, and not quitting on myself.  After arriving late at night from a business trip, I woke the next morning for the Crossfit Open workout 16.5.  In 5 months at CrossFit, it was the first time I remember not wanting to work and just wanting to quit.  I had no motivation, I was exhausted before my first repetition of the first exercise.  If this was any other gym, I would have 100% taken the easy road, picked up my keys and just walked out.  However, Coach Kaitlyn did not let me quit.  I remember Colin and Calvin working out, they saw me struggling, and talked me through it and found a way to keep me going.  Eventually, I found my zone and focused on what I tell the kids that I coach “keep on going, will over skill and to start believing and finish strong.” So after completing 16.5, I truly realized the value of this community.  For those that attended that Friday class, this is a long overdue thank you!!
Finally, it has given me an opportunity to work out with my wife and best friend Wendy!!
What do you know now about CrossFit and fitness that you wish you had known earlier? 
Crossfit is for everyone, even for someone like myself that was obese and out of shape with 2 herniated discs, plantar fasciitis, and shoulder problems.
What’s a fun ‘Brian’ fact or something we may not know about you?
All of my family and friends have always mocked me for my love of muscle shirts, and close friends are shocked to see me occasionally wearing sleeves on a warm day.  Luckily, when I am not traveling for work, I work from my house, so I continue with my amazing fashion sense of hoodies in the winter and muscle shirts in the summer.  For a couple parties that we have hosted, the dress attire was listed as sleeveless.  So, when Pennant Crossfit has a sleeveless muscle shirt, I will be the first in line to buy it!
Brian Before & After

Brian Before & After