Name: Joe Gonrowski

Home gym: IST Crossfit

Day job: Graduate Student at College of Saint Scholastica, Strength Coach at IST

Favorite event day meal: Eggs and Toast

Favorite cheat meal: Anything Chocolate

Favorite movement or workout: Any hard conditioning piece

Start by talking a little about your training leading up to the event. Did you continue your typical programming or did you make adjustments?

I followed the daily class training at IST and added in a bit of skill work. Prior to signing up for the competition I still didn’t really have double unders or much gymnastics capacity. Signing up for this competition gave my training a lot more focus and purpose. Forcing me to address my weaknesses so I felt prepared to compete. I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 6 months and this competition was one of my more enjoyable moments thus far.

What were you most nervous or excited for going into GameDay?

I really enjoy competition of any sort so I was most excited by the fact I get to test myself against others and see how I stack up. It was a bit nerve racking as this was my first competition so there's the “unknown” that can cause anxiety but once the competition started all nerves leave and that competitive instinct kicks in.

We had a ton of people from the gym competing so I was most happy to see them all enjoying themselves and get that feeling of accomplishment from challenging themselves with competition.

What’s something you wish would have gone better?

Not fall off the rig doing toe to bar and embarrass myself like that (lol).

What was your favorite part of the weekend?

We had a ton of people from the gym competing so I was most happy to see them all enjoying themselves and get that feeling of accomplishment from challenging themselves with competition. It was really cool to share the experience of my first competition with that many people from the gym who were all there to support one another. Says alot about our community at IST and I feel very fortunate to be apart of it, especially on a weekend like that.

What advice do you have for new competitors?

Enjoy the experience. Use it as a way to better your fitness but also to soak in the total experience. Watch others compete and spend time supporting others to elevate them while they are out there. Crossfit isn’t just about being an athlete we are all just trying to better ourselves and be apart of that greater community. Don’t forget that in the heat of competition.