June Member Spotlight: Tom Williams!

Tom has been at Anthem since we opened our doors last year. If you are brave enough to work out with our 5:30am crew then you know him well–he’s hardworking & incredibly supportive! We have watched Tom hit some serious PR’s this year, but even more impressive is the comradery that he adds to every class he attends. Read more to learn about what Tom is working on and his experience at Anthem!

What brought you to Anthem in the first place?
While CrossFit provides good variability/opportunity to drive fitness, sometimes you need a different training/coaching philosophy to continue to improve. I think this was my case and I thought a change to how I was training would be valuable for my growth.

What was your first impression of CrossFit? How has that changed?
Once I started training CrossFit, I immediately regretted not starting sooner. It was perfect for me. All I needed to do was show up and work hard. I love the variety of movements, even those that I need a lot of help with. Throw in a great group of friends and it really can’t get much better. One thing that hasn’t changed over the past 5 years is how much I enjoy it. I also believe instead of viewing CrossFit as a morning workout, it’s more an integral part of my lifestyle.

What was your first “bright spot” at Anthem?
The first workout where Thrusters actually felt easy!

How has being at Anthem benefited you as an athlete?
The combination of strength training and metcons have really improved my fitness level. I can see the improvements as we repeat benchmark workouts. Additionally, taking on a ruck and a Tough Mudder with the Anthem crew, were not only great fun, but a testament to how functional fitness training translates.

How has your view of what you’re capable of achieving changed through working with Anthem coaches?
I am motivated to continue to push myself and my mobility, strength, and fitness have all improved since joining Anthem. At some point I will likely cap out, but I feel like I have the tools and coaching to find incremental gains for the foreseeable future.

Has your mindset changed since you’ve been at Anthem? If so, how?
I think I have more confidence and a willingness to push myself harder instead of overthinking a specific weight or movement. My default thought process has evolved to “let’s give it a shot and see what happens.”

What are you working on now?
Trying to accomplish 2 things by end of 2024: 225# squat clean and a ring muscle up. I feel like I am making good progress toward the squat clean, but the ring muscle up needs attention.

What is your favorite song for a lifting session? Favorite for a metcon?
I find that once the clock starts in a lifting or metcon session, I have no idea what is being played…it all gets tuned out. Prior to the start, anything by Rage Against the Machine or 90’s rap usually sets the right vibe.

Anything else you want to share about your journey with us?
No better way to start the day than a 5:30am class at Anthem!