Andrew Lam and his dad at our Bring-A-Friend-Days event in December 2012.
One of our students, Andrew Lam, just took his last class at CrossFit Kindred this week. He’s finishing school at San Jose State and is moving up to Emeryville, CA to live on his own for the first time. We’ll miss him dearly!
Thankfully, I took the opportunity to interview him before he left–the first of a series of interviews I’ll be conducting and sharing on this blog. (Kindred students–if you’re interested in being interviewed and featured here, let me know.) So what better time to celebrate his achievements at CrossFit Kindred as he “graduates” to the next adventure?
It was really fun to chat with him and reflect on how far he’s come. Not only has Andrew made a lot of strides in CrossFit since he started with us in October 2012, but he’s also one funny guy–we had a lot of laughs!
First–some basic stats about Andrew:
At CrossFit Kindred since: October 22, 2012 (9 months)
- Deadlift: 305
- Snatch: 130
- Clean & Jerk: 160
- Overhead Squat: 135
- Back Squat: 265
- Front Squat: 250
Occupation: Finishing up his studies in Corporate Financial Management at San Jose State.
And now, some highlights from our conversation (I paraphrased them for readibility, and added occasional comments in italics):
What did you do before CrossFit?
I played on a tennis team in high school, and continued it recreationally through college. After college, I tried weightlifting, but I didn’t really know what I was doing–I did a lot of dumbbell curls. I also tried P90X. It wasn’t until later that I found CrossFit, and got serious about weightlifting.
Andrew participated in the CrossFit Games Open 2013–his first competitive CrossFit event.
Snatching. Before CrossFit, I’d never even attempt a snatch, because I thought I’d just break my shoulders or something.
What else can you do now that you couldn’t before CrossFit?
All of my lifts got stronger. I can also do 1 muscle-up, and 3 consecutive double-unders. I’m still shooting for 102 consecutive double-unders (Cindy’s aside: 102 happens to be my double-under record. Ha!).
Andrew’s thought-bubble: “I’ll get you, Cindy Lau!!”
What are your favorite and least favorite movements?
I like box jumps. My goats are toes-to-bars, and anything that involves flexibility or cardio. I can’t go “ass-to-grass” into a deep squat.
What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit?
I still like playing tennis–I play once a week. I like cars: I tried autocrossing once, and it was really fun. I also got a motorcycle license recently, though buying one will have to wait until I start making money.
(At this point our conversation diverged into how we could do a commercial for CrossFit Kindred with Andrew single-handedly fighting off bad guys with a tennis racket on his motorcycle, doing some American Ninja-style moves, and skidding into the Kindred parking lot and walking into class. Someday, Andrew…someday.)
Finally, I want to start my own business someday. Working for myself appeals to me, as well as getting to see something grow from the start.
What’s something about you that most people probably don’t know?
I have a little brother who’s 15 years younger than me (9 years old). It’s kinda weird, because I can’t really treat him like a brother…like, I can’t pick on him or blame things on him.
I also took 4 years of Japanese at Silver Creek High.
Andrew’s very first handstand push-up workout.
How has CrossFit benefited your life?
It’s given me confidence that I can do a lot of movements and workouts that other people can’t, or won’t even try.
It also forces me to wake up early sometimes. (Ahem…our earliest class isn’t until 8:30. We don’t seem to have a lot of early birds at Kindred!)
What’s your diet like? What are your favorite healthy/non-healthy meals?
I eat “semi-Paleo”–not trying specifically to eat Paleo, but it just so happens I do most of the time. I try to eat clean 5 days a week, watching my calories and macronutrients. Then on the weekends when alcohol’s involved, it’s game over!
A celebratory shot after the first workout of the CrossFit Games Open 2013.
My favorite healthy meal: I have a sweet tooth, so I like making a smoothie with greek yogurt, blueberries, flax seed, protein powder, and a little bit of coconut juice.
My favorite unhealthy meal: Burritos. I like any burrito, but I love Iguana’s sauce best.
What do you like most about CrossFit Kindred?
Fun memories: The Kindred crew right after Thanksgiving WOD 2012.
What advice would you give a CrossFit newbie?
STRETCH. Stretch, make sure you rest, eat right, and be patient–use light weights for everything at first.
And that wraps up our very first Kindred student interview! Andrew: we’re really proud of how far you’ve come in your time with us, and we will definitely miss teaching you and having you as part of our community. Best of luck in this next phase in your life, and your CrossFit journey!