September Member Spotlight

Casey “Ric Flair” Sturgill

Foreward by Coach Billy.

Casey could compete for the championship belt in many categories at the gym and in life.  Funniest, hardest working, most dedicated, most loyal, skinniest adult male, best snatcher, best softball player-coach, the list goes on and on.

In all seriousness Casey is the type of person you want in your corner and on your team.  He is going to win or work hard until he does.  He sets lofty goals and pursues them with an aggressive passion that not many people possess.  Simply put, Casey fulfills the mantra, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”  He’s a great friend to many at the gym and we are lucky to have him in our community.

Back for a little humor… the below interview from Casey is funny, but this link is epic.

Love you Casey, Ric, Sturg… keep on trucking!

Member since: August 2015

What do you do for a living? I sell things—mostly legal. It’s a good way to meet new people and build relationships.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I heard about CrossFit when I was in college, but I did not give it a chance until 2 years ago. A friend of mine was looking for someone to start it with, and I told him I’d give him 2 months, and then he was on his own. I haven’t stopped. My first workout involved 200-meter runs, squats and sit-ups, I think.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I usually get in 4-5 days each week. I mostly attend the evening classes, but I’m a wildcard. I could show up at any time.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Grace

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Workouts with lots of deadlifts.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I want to curl as much asBrian Warwick. His biceps are super. Have you seen them? I can’t miss any days. He’s doing curls right now, I know it.

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? Here’s the thing. It’s always been my dream to dunk a basketball on a regulation-sized goal. I’ve

thought about buying those jump shoes in the Eastbay catalogue; they seem totes legit. I like to test my progress by jumping and trying to touch things. There’s a crossbeam at Mudtown that’s probably around 9.5 feet high. I try to jump and touch it when no one’s around or looking, but I’ve been caught several times. Tyler Destefano in particular has seen me do this a lot. He’s very encouraging. He’s all like, “Not even close,” or he just giggles at me like a child. He’s the best.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? The proximity to so many other cool cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? 100 double-unders unbroken. Worked a long time on those.

What is your favorite meal? Steak with baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? You know, I’m pretty typical: I like lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, time travel, botany, a cool glass of Zima on a neon-lit balcony overlooking Daytona Beach during spring break, and practicing karate and wrestling moves with my friends. But, for reals, I just like to laugh and make people laugh. That’s all.

What is one goal that you are currently working on? I want to snatch 185 lbs.

Do you have a hidden talent? I can recite Mike Gundy’s 2007 “I’m a man” Oklahoma State post-game press conference. But the moment has to be right, so don’t ask me to do it during the 6:30 class.

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin for graduate school, and I picked out an apartment before driving through Alabama and changing my mind. Lucky you.