Athlete Spotlight: Will Stevenson

Posted: January 29, 2011 by jkheuer in Uncategorized

Today we give Will his moment in the sun.  Will has been a dedicated member for over a year.  He’s always giving it his best with a smile on his face, and is more than willing to discuss all things related to football.  Recently Will was a winner of our Paleo challenge by losing 15 lbs of fat in 2 months!  We are lucky to have Will as a member of the Crossfit Hollywood community.  Ladies and gentlemen: Will Stevenson!

Full Name: Will Stevenson

Height: 6′ 0″

Weight: 190 lbs

Age: 46

Profession…   Future Lawyer

I have been a member of Crossfit Hollywood for a little more than a year. I have chased after the goal of being ” in shape” my whole adult life.  During my 20’s I could look ok by just lifting weights,who needs cardio ?? In my 30’s I was able to look ok by lifting weights and doing a massive amount of cardio; 2 hours of cardio a day,6 days a week. What I never got a handle on was the idea that what I ate was in reality more important than all of the work I was doing. Any time I would take a break from training I would gain weight, as I got older I was no longer able to out run what I ate. In the couple of years leading up to crossfit I was stuck in the 30-50 lbs over weight range. In January of 2010 I weighed around 230, in the spring I started the zone and worked my weight down to 206 by September. Then we had the Paleo challenge, my weight dropped to 191, with a body fat level of 10% , I have been able to maintain that weight by eating paleo. I am the last guy who would have thought I could function without my carbs, It was oatmeal in the morning, lots of bread and pasta, and brown rice is great for you. I mention this because without the paleo challenge I would have never tried to live without grains. I will take this with me for the rest of my life. As far as my fitness level, well, it is safe to say I have never really been in shape before. The great thing about crossfit is that it will clearly show you where you need improvement. The gains I have made were most evident on a skiing trip, I was able to do more, for longer, than ever before. Thank you Crossfit Hollywood !!!

Favorite WOD: Fight Gone Bad

Favorite Lift:  Overhead Squat…. When I started I did not have the mobility to do the movement with a PVC pipe

Least Favorite WOD:  Anything with Handstand pushups and or muscle ups

Least favorite lift Myself…     during muscle ups

What are your proudest achievements:  I got 50 unbroken double unders ….  ( watch out Charlie you fit bastard, I’m coming for you….)

Name one goal or personal record you would like to accomplish through Crossfit:  Well I have 2….  200 unbroken double unders and I’d love to be able to overhead squat my body weight 15 times….

Any advice for someone thinking about trying Crossfit or someone who has just started: Well I am not the most ripped or the strongest by a long shot, but this I do know for sure, we are most influenced by those in our environment, give the Crossfit Hollywood crew 90 days, and your life will never be the same.

Favorite Place to Eat: My kitchen… I make a killer spinach salad


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Comments
  1. Steve L says:

    Damn Will! 15 lbs in two weeks? 10% BF? Badass.

  2. Eric says:

    Yeah, let’s hear it for the old guys! Way to represent, Will. You rock.

  3. Mary says:

    best athlete spotlight I’ve read!!
    “we are most influenced by those in our environment, give the Crossfit Hollywood crew 90 days, and your life will never be the same” couldn’t have said it better myself. 100% agree with this statement!

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