Brian Bowden Member Transformation


Brian Bowden Member Transformation

Who are you? What is something most people don’t know about yourself?

Hey, my name is Brian. I have been married to my wife Elizabeth for seven years and we have two boys, Jackson and Judah. I love crossfit and my friends at the gym. Even though I have been attending the gym for a while, I still get nervous before working out. It is like a nervous excitement. Sometimes I’ll chew gum as a way to focus and that tends to help, I used to do that whenever I played drums. I am glad I get nervous! It means that I take it seriously . I like pushing myself to a point I did not know I could go before. Growing up I wasn’t very athletic and didn’t value fitness…having this environment where I can push myself and discover my threshold has helped me learn new things about myself too!

Why do you continue attending Bellhouse CrossFit?

Like most people, it starts with relationships. My best friends go here. I love the physical challenge. It is pushing past the physical point I did not know I would ever get to. If I were in a gym by myself, I would not give the same effort the coach pushes me to give in class.  For myself, people are encouraging me to reach a new level, try a new skill or add more weight to the bar. I haven’t seen that at other places. Another part is the level of trust from the staff. I know I can trust my coach. I know they are thinking of and will give me good feedback. It all depends on the day. Sometimes it’s about movement, other days it’s the crossfit games (okay so not really). I can modify the workout to suit me for that day, and everyone is on my side. 

What are the accomplishments you are most proud of since joining the gym?

Bar muscle ups for sure (shout out Coach Chris). 100 plus double unders unbroken. I am finally getting handstand push ups. Honestly, the overall level of fitness. I went on a vacation last month and ran around the island. I started with five miles… I ended up doing EIGHT miles! Prior to beginning my fitness lifestyle, I couldn’t even run a whole mile. 

How did you overcome some of the obstacles in starting your health journey?

It all started for me when I knew I needed to make a change. I saw myself gaining weight and feeling more and more unhealthy. I started CrossFit. For me it’s all about consistency.And I am training smarter now. I used to just workout and go home and do my same habits. Now I think about sleep and nutrition more. I started here because my friend Josh Blasdel. I was going to a globo gym first. He invited me to CrossFit about 20 times and I finally gave in. I am so glad my friend continued to peer pressure me. Thanks Coach B!

What is your current focus or goal in the gym?

I want to get ring muscle ups. I want to get down to 10% body fat or less. For me, that goal would mean that I made it. I think it would be really cool to get 500 double unders unbroken. I am currently at 212.  so I’ve got some work to do. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Shapeshifter or eating whatever I wanted. Is that even a super power?

What is your favorite exercise?

Toes to bar

If you have unlimited time to learn a new hobby, what would you do?

I would learn to pilot an airplane. Or ride a unicycle. 

What profession would you work if you were living in the Middle Ages?

Breadmaker! Who doesn’t love a good pastry? 

How do you fall asleep?

10mg of melatonin. 45 minutes of book reading. A full glass of water. It has to be dark in the room. I start this process an hour before I actually fall asleep.