Our November athlete of the month comes in consistently at 5am and sets the tone and pace for the rest of the classes throughout the day. Grey strolls in with his wife each morning with a giant smile on his face and always makes it a point to say hello to the coach. His ability to push himself on his strengths and slow down and workout on his weakness is a coaches’ dream. It pushes other athletes and shows them it is okay to slow down and learn a new skill today. Grey thank you for being a role model for our new athletes, pushing everyone to be better, and being humble and kind along the way.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do for a living/study? Feel free to add more.
My name is (Roger) Grey Giesler, I go by my middle name Grey. I am from Lincoln originally, but moved down to Kansas City for 7 years to go to school and begin my career as an ICU nurse. I also met my wife, Abigail, while in college at Rockhurst, and after she graduated from Physician Associates school we decided to move back to Lincoln. Shortly after moving back, I decided to switch careers and went to work with my parents at the family business where we manufacture and sell various building materials. Abigail joined me there this past summer, and we now have a former pharmacist (my dad), former PA (Abigail), and a former ICU nurse all working together to run a building materials company.
How did you find out about Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness?
I found out about LNF after searching for a CrossFit gym once we moved back from Kansas City. We had been doing CrossFit for a couple years at that point and knew we wanted to continue once moving to Lincoln.
What was the biggest obstacle for you to start?
My biggest obstacle to starting CrossFit was learning all the new movements and techniques.
Do you remember your first workout?
I don’t remember my first workout exactly, but I remember it had power cleans in it.
Who was your coach, how did they help you push through it?
My coach at the time was the same one that coached us through foundations class. He was a great coach and kept encouraging me to just get one more rep, which is something I try to continue to think about to this day. You can always get that one last rep.
Why do you keep coming back to Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness?
I keep coming back to LNF because of the coaches, the community, and the fitness. I struggled with my fitness for a time after finishing college sports. I became bored with working out. With CrossFit, even on the days that I don’t necessarily like the movements, I never get bored.
How do you balance health & fitness with a busy schedule?
I try to prioritize my health and fitness and get it done first thing in the morning. I’ve made it such a part of my routine that I really loathe the days I don’t get a workout done first thing in the morning and end up feeling like a zombie for the rest of the day. I’ve also found that if I don’t tackle it first thing in the morning, I won’t make time for it at all during the rest of the day.
How does CrossFit help you with your job?
I play several different roles in my job, sometimes I am sitting at a computer and sometimes I am pulling orders in the warehouse. CrossFit helps me during both times, both with the mental fortitude to persevere through tough (or boring) mental tasks on the computer and by pulling large, heavy orders out in the warehouse.
What is your favorite thing about Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness?
My favorite thing about Lincoln Nutrition and Fitness is that everyday I get to feel like I am bettering myself in one way or another right from the get go. That, and the fact that I get to workout with my wonderful wife each morning as she kicks my butt in the WOD.