September Member of the Month - Lance Hemmerich!

Our September Member of the Month needs no introduction. He is a staple at Kilter and has been an incredible influence on everyone he has crossed paths with. He has represented Kilter in the 2014 CrossFit games Masters Regionals, and will be representing Kilter again this month at the Granite Games in MN!!

Lance Hemmerich you truly are an inspiration and we are excited to have you as our September Member of the Month! Keep up the great work, but watch out your son Zach is coming for you!! :)

How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?

I was on a business trip in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012 and saw people in a building next to my hotel doing Crossfit. I went over and talked to the owner and signed up for their foundations class. I did a few WODs when I was in Florida and subsequently joined a box back home in Illinois.

When did you start coming to CrossFit Kilter/ how long have you been CrossFitting for? I stopped in at CrossFit Kilter before they even opened. Jason showed me around and gave me information about Kilter’s Grand Opening. I had met Jason and Dave at another CF location but spoke to them both before Kilter opened and I was impressed their knowledge, teaching philosophy, and the atmosphere they wanted to create. I introduced my Son Zach to Kilter shortly after I joined Kilter and he was hooked. His excitement rubs off on me and it gives us something to do together.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?  I knew that CrossFit was something I wanted to do ever since the first WOD I completed. I had been doing Tony Horton’s P90x in my basement and needed something different and more challenging. The social aspect of CF is something that I am drawn to also.

What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals? Short-term: My short term Crossfit goals are to continue to have fun and to reduce my “goat list”. I also want to continue doing competitions periodically to gauge any improvements and developmental areas. I also want to have fun competing at the Granite Games and cheer on the other Kilter and Untapped CF competitors. Long-term: I just want to continue having fun with the great people I have met at Kilter and hope that my Son Zachery continues to want to go to Kilter with me after he gets his driver’s license. I would also like to make the top 20 in my age division in the next CF Open someday.

What is your biggest accomplishment? I think getting Zach involved in CrossFit and watching his transformation over the last year ranks right up there with things I am proud of. Additionally, I thought it was kind of cool making the Master’s version of the Regionals in the Open and I am hoping that making the top 12 in the Granite Games is a positive accomplishment.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement? Favorite Movements: I like Met Con WODs and pressing movements. Least Favorite Movement:  My least favorite movements are the ones I have not mastered yet. There are too many to list here, but handstand walks and pistols are two of them that are frustrating to attempt right now. Oh yes and I am sure that I will love doing Muscle ups after I am able to do them.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit? I am a Labor Relations Director for Kraft Foods Group.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? I probably need to develop some more outside interests, but is seems like being a Father to three kids 20, 15, and 6 keeps me pretty busy. I don’t feel like I have much spare time right now.

What do you do for nutrition? Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal? Improving my nutrition is a developmental opportunity for me. My son Zach and I both have an interest in learning more about Paleo and how to prepare the meals.

Fun fact about you? Apparently, I am not much fun, because I can’t think of anything. I do enjoy cooking for the family on the grill with a fire going in the fire pit.