Member Story Shannon McGrevy

Shannon McGrevy’s Member story as told by Shannon McGrevy. Or the best he can remember it. 

Coach:
How did you find out about CrossFit? How old were you when you started?  

Shannon:
The year was 2009. My family and I were stationed in Atsugi Japan. My wife Michelle had been going to the gym and was on the lookout for a new fitness program. I was not. I was in the land of the rising sun and trying to fulfill a lifelong dream of training in the Martial Arts. Judo was a perfect match for this dream of mine. Michelle was in love with her new fitness program. It took only seconds for me to realize the benefits of this type of program. It was a great work out. However years of bad habits and new found Martial Art movements made me a horrible student of CrossFit. I was 34 when first introduced to the world of Crossfit. Even understanding the benefits and knowing how greatly this could help me become more fit than ever I was reluctant… 

Coach:
What brought you to CrossFit Reanimated in the first place?

Shannon:
In 2011 the McGrevy Clan landed in Virginia Beach. Michelle, with her new Level 1 Cert, quickly found a home in Core Fitness Obsessions. It was a great ride with lots of good people. In early 2013 (sometime in there, Shit I forget) that ride came to an end. On the hunt for a new job Michelle found the hidden gem of Virginia Beach, CrossFit Reanimated. In the Middle of Work Up’s with VFA-81 and soon to be transferring to VRC-40 it took a little for me to start coming around.   

Coach:
What classes and services do you participate in at CrossFit Reanimated?

Shannon:
I consider myself a Utility Infielder, the Jack of All Trades, a man with no niche. This allows me the freedom to participate in everything and anything, and that I try to do.

Coach:
What was your first impression of CrossFit? How has that changed?

Shannon:
My first impression was that of realizing the vast potential in me this program can unlock. It quickly changed to the negative when Crossfit was no longer the performance enhancement tool to excel in other sports but became the sport it’s self. I still struggle with that fact. But today it has become the marathon. It propels me into a future of challenges and opportunities.  I will not be stuck on the sofa of death in my golden years. I will not watch life through a screen, no matter how big. I will grab life by the horns, widen my stance, and tighten my grip. I will not go quietly into the Night.  

Coach:
What was your first “bright spot”?  

Shannon:
The reason I still struggle with CrossFit is because it found the one place where I suck and made it the sport. Could never excel in the gym, I was the weakest Big Guy, the slowest Fast Guy. But it all didn’t matter on the field of play. I was the most tenacious there was no fear, no obstacle that could not be overcome. No matter what I did CrossFit would not succumb to my tenaciousness. But back last year when I was able to Back Squat 300 LBS that was one big Bright Spot. My last attempt left me with a hernia, some many years ago. Having done that made me feel like there is more left in the tank than I thought I am not done just yet. 

Coach:
What are you working on now?

Shannon:
Right now I am struggling to see past the Navy. My goal right now is to find a job so we can continue to like as we are accustom to.

Coach:
What’s your favorite CrossFit Reanimated memory?

Shannon:
I reserve memories for things that are no longer. As much as I hate to admit it I am looking forward to this week’s Open Work out and hanging out with my friends.