This week, we had the pleasure to have a nice chat with Cory Gibson. Cory has been a recurrent focus for us as he is a very motivational individual. We wanted to share his story with you, hope you enjoy the ride!
Cory Gibson – Start and Progress
Who is Cory and what is your favorite meal ever?
I am a 23-year-old guy in Columbus, Ga. I have an A.S. in Biology, a B.S. in Exercise Science. I played sports in high school such as football and basketball. I’m a fun guy who likes to joke around, eat ice cream, and binge-watch National Geographic shows. I’m optimistic and do some behind the door coaching with some of the people that go to my gym. My favorite meal, outside of ice cream, is arroz con pollo from any Mexican restaurant.
What made you start practicing CrossFit in the first place?
I saw an Ad for it on Facebook and decided that I would go in and try it out to see what the hype was all about. I was already in shape from the military and high school and thought that it would be something that I would be good at.
Were you ever an athlete in High school?
I was a football and basketball athlete. I wanted to do swimming as well but it was the same time as basketball season.
What other sports do you practice?
These days I just do CrossFit. I play basketball and frisbee in my spare time but I don’t play on any collegiate team.
What have been your biggest achievements so far in CrossFit?
Qualifying for Wodapalooza on an incredible team and also getting 5th at Pensacola Beach Brawl against some incredible guys such as Jeremy Lancaster, Kirk Gibson, Travis Williams, Aaron Hanna, and Lex Ozias.
Cory Gibson – Motivation
How do you motivate yourself to keep working out?
I always want to be the best at whatever I do so I always imagine someone who’s better than me doing the workout beside me which ultimately makes me want to go fast and push harder. Also, when I see my strength numbers go up or times go down it lets me know that something is working and to keep working in that direction.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you while working out?
I’ve actually dropped a 200lb snatch straight onto my neck when I first started. It’s on my Facebook. I hit 195 and got big headed and gave it a shot. I wasn’t very graceful either but I hoped right back up and shook it off and laughed about it with my buddies. It’s just as funny now as it was back then.
Another story is my workout partner Zack who is terrible at double unders. Every time he jumps rope and messes up he goes on this rant, throwing things, yelling, and causing a huge scene. It’s super funny and I always make sure to record it.
If you could meet any fitness legend, who would that be?
I’m sure everyone would say Rich Froning, right? No, I’d actually want to meet Mat Fraser. He’s an incredible athlete and knows how to be passionate about something and dominate the competition.
What is your favorite exercise of all?
Hands down it would have to be the snatch. It’s a movement that I am extremely comfortable with and would almost do it every day if it was on the program.
What would you say to those who are considering starting their CrossFit journey?
I would say that you need to understand that Crossfit is a process. It doesn’t come overnight. It is a very rewarding experience that is accompanied by hundreds of break throughs, millions of personal gains, and countless friends. You also have to put in the work to achieve your goal but never lose sight of the memories you make when doing this sport. It takes a leap of faith to begin the journey but it will be completely worth it in the end.
You can connect with Cory on Instagram: @cgibson20