Titan of the Month July 2023 – Chad Parson

Titan CrossFit member of the month, July 2023, Chad Parson

I’m a 51 year-old computer network engineer. I’ve been married for 27 years and have a 23 year old daughter. My likes (other than Crossfit) include playing frisbee with my miniature Australian shepherd, Gaucho, hanging by the pool with my wife, and playing volleyball. My dislikes include negative people, the squeak sound of styrofoam, and slow drivers in the left lane.

What led you to try CrossFit?

My wife tried it and talked me into coming with her shortly after that. We had tried several different types of exercise prior to that, but there was nothing we really both liked and we wanted to find something we could do together.

Why do you continue to CrossFit?

I liked the challenge of it, and seeing the gains my wife and I were both making. The camaraderie was wonderful, and even on the days I didn’t want to go to the gym, afterward I was glad I went.

Describe how your attitude towards health and fitness has evolved since you began your journey

Many, many ways… First, I know that big gains happen in lots and lots of tiny steps. Double-unders, ring muscle-ups, and handstand walks are all things that I would have never thought I’d be doing, but by practicing each progression, I’ve been able to do all three. Next, I eat A LOT more fruits and vegetables, thanks to the gym’s introduction to the 800 gram challenge. I realize what a stress reliever exercise is, and my wife and I now encourage each other toward our health and fitness goals. I’ve gone from being the unsure new guy to a person who loves encouraging and helping other new folks.

Share a memorable CrossFit moment that makes you laugh or puts a smile on your face

One Halloween, my wife and I dressed as 80s aerobics instructors. I had on very short shorts, and the workout included abmat situps. It was definitely comical – at least for me!

What are you proud of and why?

I’m proud of working up to a 48 foot handstand walk. Even though I didn’t make the 50 feet I was shooting for before my 50th birthday, I am really proud that I was able to go from practicing a handstand hold against the wall (and barely being able to lift my palms) to walking all that way. It took a lot of practice and patience, but consistency paid off.

What’s your advice for other CrossFitters or people looking to start?

Be consistent. Show up. No excuses. Pick one thing to work on and practice a piece of it each time you’re at the gym. Resist comparing yourself to other people. Cheer them (and yourself) on instead. Celebrate all the progress you make – big and small. Even if you’re nervous about trying something new, do it anyway. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of coaches or other members. Get to know other people at the gym. Titan is full of wonderful people.

Why the coaches chose Chad as Titan of the month

Chad is an incredible part of the Titan community. His commitment and consistency both inside and outside of Crossfit is inspiring. When Chad sets a goal, like handstand walks, he works on them diligently until he masters them. He embodies the traits of a great team athlete with everything he does, from his perseverance and dedication to his positivity and team spirit at Titan events. Whether it is an amazingly creative Halloween costume or being an enthusiastic judge during the Open or greeting new members, you can always count on Chad. Congratulations Chad! We are so happy to have as part of the Titan community.