Athlete of the MonthJanuary

Travis Henry

How old / young are you? 

What is your occupation? 
Recovering Journalist & Digital Marketing/SEO Consultant 

When did you join Widespread Fitness? 
October 2019

Why did you decide to give Widespread Fitness a try? 
It seems all my favorite neighbors and even friends from outside the neighborhood belong to Widespread. One of these neighbors, Brad Lingbeck, hounded me constantly about checking it out until I finally caved.  

What was your athletic background before starting? 
I played football and other sports through high school. In my adult years, there were periods where I would hit the gym hard, usually when there was a quality facility near my work. However, I usually concentrated on vanity muscles and not actual fitness. 

What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting? 
For the first time since two-a-days in high school football, I feel like I am actually getting fit in a more complete way. I’m actually working on back, shoulder and leg muscles I ignored in the past. I’m doing cardio and running. 
Besides Brad hounding me, one of the main reasons I joined was to improve my performance on the ski slopes. As my two older sons were getting better in the snow I was finding myself needing to make frequent stops to rest due to my lack of fitness. That isn’t happening anymore.  
For the last couple of years, I was starting to feel “old.” Now, I don’t. 

What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting? 
Just jump in and give it a try. Don’t think about it. Don’t wait for the “right time.” Just do it. 
I used to drive by CrossFitters sprinting out of their box and think, “I could never do that.” I now think, “I could never not do that.” 
As Eminem once said, “You can do anything you set your mind too, man.” 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercises / movement? 
I still love vanity exercises like floor press and I still hate running and burpees. The difference is I do them all now. (Burpees should still be outlawed, I heard they cause disease or something) 

What is your most memorable moment so far? 
I have a lot of memorable moments, but the one that comes to mind right now is the first time I chose to run over row in a workout. That was a big accomplishment for me. 

What do you like to do outside of the gym? 
I love to coach youth sports, ski and attend outdoor concerts and sports events. I also love just to be with my wife and kiddos, whether it’s watching The Masked Singer or chasing our dog around the backyard. I feel very blessed.

What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal? 
I’m a sucker for Mexican food and will down many tacos and burritos smothered with delicious green chili. I also love chicken wings. And candy. And soda. I haven’t really tackled nutrition in a responsible way yet! 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
In my younger days, I was a crime reporter and I just might pop up on your television some late night on a Forensic Files rerun or an old CNN JonBenet Ramsey investigation archive clip.  

Who or what inspires you the most? 
Literature and music. I am constantly blown away by the insights and revelations we can find in the written word, whether it be the divinely inspired Bible or the retelling of a courageous life lived through a biography such as Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I also find inspiration in music and am in awe of these artists who create works that can un-peel and evoke emotions like no other medium.  

What is one goal you would like to accomplish?
I’d like to enjoy running once in my life.