Rolan has been a part of our family for less than a year, but has already impacted our community in a great way! After diving into CrossFit for the first time last summer, Rolan has become one our most committed members. This became evident in early March, as he WON our Nutrition Challenge! He considers the challenge really eye opening and found habits that he was able to modify to achieve a healthier lifestyle for the long run. We are so proud of Rolan and want everyone to know a bit more about him, so read on!
Member since: May 2018
What do you do for a living? I am a Corporate Product Manager at STERIS Animal Health.
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I heard about CFM from Josh Fisher when he invited me to come watch a Friday Night Lights during the 2018 Open. My first workout was the day after the 2018 Muddies when Danny decided it would be fun to program kettlebell swings with something else and I nearly quit mid-workout.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I try to attend the 4:30 classes at least 4-5 classes a week.
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Overhead Squats and any workout that involves running.
Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? I’m still learning how to enjoy most barbell movements.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? All the new friends I’ve met and the continuous results that I see. 😊
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? The first was when I decided to try a jumping pull-up on the outside of the rig on the three-bar section and hit my nose on the middle bar. Which broke my glasses and left a nice little scar. The second would be a few weeks ago when I somehow managed to forget to move my chin during a clean and jerk and the barbell smacked me. Jay Jernigan saw it but, played it cool and never said a word. Thank you, Jay.
Favorite thing about Birmingham? The food and the community. I moved here from Dallas/Fort Worth in August 2017 after living in Texas my whole life. It’s been an adjustment for sure, but CFM and my friends here have helped make BHM feel like home.
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? Outside the gym would have to be my first half-marathon in under 1:45hr with Lauren Heos! Inside the gym would have to be this year’s nutrition challenge (that I won)!
What is your favorite meal? Is Taco Mama a meal?
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I have started running outside of Crossfit as a hobby and when its nice outside I enjoy getting outdoors for a hike.
What is one goal that you are currently working on? There are so many small movements I’m working on right now, but I did just do 14 of my first pull ups during the Open!
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. During high school I had a morning radio talk show called “Rockin’ Rolan in the Morning”.