FuncThat.com is the unofficial guide to CrossFit and functional training.   Take a look around and feel free to leave a comment or send an email if you have some input on what you see here!

Phil is the media wizard behind the brilliant FuncThat. He discovered CrossFit in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He eagerly awaits the day CrossFit adds weight and age classes to the Games since he’s confident he could dominate the 125 pound, 42 year old male division (as long as double unders aren’t included).

If you’re looking for help setting up your affiliate’s site or need a hand with your social media you can contact Phil at psteffek@functhat.com

My CrossFit Story

The bottom line is I’m just an average forty-something guy/dad without enough time to make it into the gym anymore. Lucky for me I’m one of those skinny twerpy types who didn’t have to worry much about what I ate and never seemed to put on much weight so at some point dropping my gym membership and replacing it with an occasional run made sense.

That worked great until my once a year rock climbing trip with my little brother (“little” in age only, the punk is a good six inches taller than me) rolled around. On the second day of the trip, we started the hour long hike to the climbing area, our packs loaded with gear. After about 10 minutes I noticed my bro was trying to show off and started picking up the pace. Soon he was 10 yards ahead, then 20, then out of sight. He stopped to wait for me at some point and it dawned on me that it wasn’t that he was showing off, it was that I was sufficiently out of shape that my little vacation away was actually setting up to be a suffer fest instead of a break.

I survived the weekend but it became very clear that I had let my physical condition slide to a point that was no longer acceptable. Shortly, thereafter I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and he started talking my ear off about CrossFit.  I dropped by a local affiliate and was dripping with sweat halfway through the warm up, and then watched a pregnant woman snap off more pull ups in a few minutes than I could do in an hour.

Years later and I’m still hooked to the intense workouts and camaraderie and am definitely in better shape than I was in high school (even though I’m spending substantially less time in the gym).  I believe CrossFit has the potential to substantially improve anyone’s level of fitness and even if you decide it’s not for you, you’ll walk away with some new ideas to incorporate into your own training.


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