Athlete of the MonthJune

Darshan Puttannaiah

How old/young are you?
42

What is your occupation?
Tech Entrepreneur

When did you join Widespread Fitness?
Early 2019

Why did you decide to give Widespread Fitness a try?
I wanted to get back in shape so I have more energy to play with my kids.

What was your athletic background before starting?
I was a professional Badminton player (Yes, you read that right :-) please play Badminton professionally)

What changes in your health, physique, and overall performance have you seen since starting?
I have more energy now and my health has improved overall.

What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting?
I keep hearing from many of my friends that CrossFit hard and all we do is lift weights. I think this is a big misconception. I highly encourage people to just jump in and try for a few days.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercises/movement?
Back squats (Fav) Sled push (least Fav – The moment I see that there is Sled push, my legs start to give up :-))

What is your most memorable moment so far?
The first CrossFit Open that I participated in. 

What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Spend time with my family and hiking.

What is your favorite “cheat” food or meal?
Crumbl Cookies. I just cannot stop eating. We buy 4 cookies once a month, 1 for me, 1 for my wife, and 1 each for my 2 kids. I end up eating 3 and a half  :-)

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a farmer’s rights activist. 

Who or what inspires you the most?
My father.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish?
I would like to RX in the next CrossFit Open!

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