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Sunday Spotlight: Brian Olender

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This week we check in with a 7am regular, Brian Olender! — Crossfitting since: April 2016. — A little about yourself: I am originally from a small town in upstate New York. My wife and I have lived in Milwaukee for 7 years now. We live on the east side of the city with our two lap dogs Glen Cocoa and Mulligan. — How did you get into CrossFit? I have never been an athlete. I played a few sports in high school but never took them very seriously. When we moved to Milwaukee I had settled into my 30's and had developed a soft dad bod. One day my wife mentioned to me that she was going to do a CrossFit trial class. It made an impression on me that she was not asking me to join her. I realized I needed to make a change. I told her I wanted to go. I was blown away at how the workout made me feel. I was intrigued by the members and their abilities. These people were so impressive. I wanted to be one of them. I was hooked! — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? Getting up in the morning and doing CrossFit gives me a feeling of accomplishment before my day has even started. That is a powerful thing, to go into your day having achieved something before the sun has come up. I find that I can ride the feeling throughout the day. This does make rest days sad at times (you get addicted). — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? One of my favorite things about CrossFit is the community. The people I workout with have become my friends. I look forward to seeing these people. Many have become part of my social circle. I have met so many interesting and positive people through CrossFit. That is the part of the gym I enjoy the most, that and Tyler's trance dubstep remixes. — Advice for people just getting started: It will be uncomfortable. It will hurt. You will ask yourself why am I doing this. You will love it. : : : #memberoftheweek #sundayspotlight #motivation #progress #fitness #community #results #badgercrossfit #badgerbuilt #crossfit #inspiration #hardwork #fitfam #wauwatosa #wisconsin @cfallday

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