CrossFit Woodstock Member Profile #8: Mark Harper
Hey Mark, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you call home, hobbies, favorite things…
Hey y’allllll! I was born and raised in Tucson, Az. I graduated in 2009 at University of Arizona with bachelors in Anthropology. My brother and I moved up here together in Oct of 2009. I was hoping to start a career in forest service but am writing this in a cubicle…wan wan. I don’t have any pets but would love a medium size dog, like a lab, something I can take camping. I love being up in the Northwest for a number of reasons. The multitude of outdoor activities both in the winter and summer time was a big pull. I am drawn to Portland because it has a big city vibe, where movies, music and art roll through, but not crazy like LA. Lastly the beer scene goes perfect with the people watching!
I’ve done all types of sports growing up, but Jujitsu/mma was a main one that I especially enjoyed. After getting settled, I looked for a gym and found Alive. I had not heard of crossfit prior and join with a full membership, so tried it out. I thought I was in better than average shape… but those snatches will keep you honest. I think I would describe myself as a cross between Mario’s strength, Breeze’s speed, and Seth’s childlike innocence. Having been doing crossfit for about 3 years now (zero issues with injury) I very much enjoy the diversity and challenge of the sport. I think the combination of technique and mobility makes crossfit a very safe. I even found a special lady friend!
What would you have for your last meal?
Last meal is an easy one. Steak and mashed potatoes with a stout to wash it all down. Must be the Irish in me.
What kind of animal would you like to be?
An animal I would pick to be would have to be a celebrity dog. I would get belly rubs and pretty much be living the high life.
Best physical feature?
Best physical figure: baby blue eyes, need I say more?
What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Weirdest and grossest thing I’ve eaten (drank) – Cobra whiskey, in which there is a dead cobra head in the bottle. That was a hard shot to keep down.
Dream vacation I would say doing a adventure package in New Zealand. I’ve heard its beautiful there (duh) and they have rivers you can go down that end up in caves. Plus, I dig their accents.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Since taking on Crossfit I have definitely increase my knowledge of diet and actually cooking my food. It’s been a fun process to learn recipes and to find out what food works best with my body when it comes to performance (less beer always helps). I always look forward to class and all the awesome people who stick with it.
There you go, folks. Our very own Mark Harper. An expert at handstands, always quick with a witty remark and a pleasure to have in any class. Be sure to say hi when you see him. Thanks for sharing, Mark!
Daily Warmup (check the board)
Supine wall squat 2 min
Overhead mobility with roller and barbell 2 min
8 min EMOM
3-position power snatch
beginners-high hang, knees, floor (light and fast, focus on technique)
advanced-floor, knees, high hang (start lighter, try to add 10# every 2 min, work up to something heavy)
8 min AMRAP
MOD: 6 thrusters 75/45, 6 ring rows
RX: 6 thrusters 95/65, 6 ring dips
FB: 6 thrusters 115/85, 2 muscle-ups