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November Member Spotlight: Troy Nelson

Tell us a little about yourself and what got you on the path to CrossFit

Im from a small town in SC. I played basketball, football, baseball, and ran cross country in high school and played sports in college. I spent time in the Air Force after college as a Crew Chief working on C-717. After the Air Force I decided to get my Masters Degree from The Citadel. I enjoy being active and i've ran 2 - half marathons. What got me on a path to CrossFit was when I would go to a bro-gym there was never a sense of community. I felt that I would go to the bro-gym and leave and got nothing accomplished. I like the fact that everyone in this gym is striving to be better at something that they are weak at. The fact that it's not just all about the lifting and exercise part but also the recovery and mental aspect of the human body. Plus I really like not having to plan my workouts..just show up and do what’s on the board!

#Rx or die trying

What keeps you coming back each day?

I try to come every day because it's like my adult recess. It breaks up the day and since I work from home, it's my only human interaction most days

What is your favorite at-home exercise to do?

Going for a jog around the neighborhood

If you had to do 100 reps of one movement (not running), what would it be?

100 single unders

What are 1-2 of your goals for 2023?

Compete in my first crossfit game, Go on my second trip out of the country (Croatia)

Have you accomplished any of these?

No - Back injury derailed traveling abroad

Favorite lift?

Use to be deadlifts until I got a herniated disc so I bet you can guess what's on my list for least favorite lift.

Least favorite Crossfit movement?

Burpees and Snatch-to-overhead squat…just not that mobile


Lugoff, SC

Favorite Charleston Restaurant?

The Muse with a shoutout to Barbaretios

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?


What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Weed is not a gateway drug.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?


One thing about me people would be surprised to know?

I use to play the trumpet

If the CFJI coaches came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?

Spaghetti with meatballs

Give us a “Question of the Day” to use in class.

What was the last thing you learned, for the first time?


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