For December, CrossFit Rolesville has chosen Craig Mayhugh as our spotlight athlete! Craig runs two small businesses, is a loving husband, has six kids and still makes time to get a workout in at CFR. He has been progressing tremendously, always gives it his all during a WOD, and instantly makes friends with anyone who walks in the door.

image1The first time we met Craig he was chasing us down, dragging a huge trash can behind him and yelling “hey you” in Home Depot. If you have ever seen Craig, he’s a pretty big dude and I thought for sure we were getting in trouble with Home Depot security for some reason! But in actuality, he had spotted our logo on the back of Thomas’s shirt and was curious about CrossFit and our new location. We had about a five minute conversation and we could instantly tell he was one awesome guy! Craig and his son Trent have been with us for several months now and we are completely proud to have them apart of the CFR family and call them friends!

Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Rolesville?

Honestly I have a bunch but the first time I made the rope climb and slapped the I-beam was a highlight for me for sure. I have a lot of weight to pull up that rope! Also watching Trent deadlift 225 for the first time was equally exciting. He didn’t think he could do it.

How did you find CFR? Why do you train?fullsizerender

I wanted to try CrossFit for years but lacked the courage to step in and give it a go. Aaron Grossman encouraged me to give the week trial a go and called me names to try and challenge my masculinity until I tried it. Honestly I train for my overall health. I used to be on anti-depressants and was really close to 300 pounds. I kinda just lost my way for a while. Being a veteran I knew how to stay in shape and take care of myself but the discipline maybe or desire was lost. My relationship with Jesus has been reestablished and my perspective on a lot of things have changed.

What is your favorite moment so far at CFR?

The end of any AMRAP? Again I have a lot but hearing from Thomas how Trent is doing while I’m not there is probably my favorite. It’s nice to hear others brag on your son.

What is your daily motivation to workout?

Good question. Something has shifted in me where I now see it as an opportunity rather than an obligation. It makes me a better me. When I’m a better me others will benefit from that. I should want to give my family and friends the best version of me possible.

Favorite and least favorite movements? 

I’m not a huge fan of 30″ box jumps. I’m super slow but will get faster. I like all powerlifting movements. I look forward to landing my first heavy snatch and being able to complete drop and get under the bar. Have to keep working on my mobility overall for that. I’ll get there.

What’s one thing you would tell to a new CrossFitter?

image2Keep going. Yes, it’s hard. Really hard, but our bodies were designed to do hard things. We were made to sweat and be exhausted. It feels good to lay on the floor wiped out and if you need to cry about it…go ahead. I have a few times. That feels good too. It’s just an amazing feeling to show yourself what you can do that you haven’t or thought you’d never be able to do again. So simply said. Don’t quit.

One song that gets you amped up during a WOD?

I’m an old Rage fan. Anything from 90’s rock. However Thomas and Trent have gotten me to appreciate newer rap that I don’t know the names to.

Tell us something about yourself that we don’t already know. 

I have 6 kids and run two small businesses. Im blessed to be married to my high school sweet heart of 19 years that I’ve had a crush on since the 3rd grade. Still do!  You might not think because of my size but I was a pretty good soccer player in my youth. I played for 13 years and we won our state championship in Virginia my senior year. Do t see too many 200+ pound soccer players 🙂