Meet Tony Dhillon


Meet Tony Dhillon

Age? 36

Occupation? Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

Where are you from? I was born in Henderson, NC but was raised in Durham, NC.

Have you played sports in the past? I have played basketball, football, track and tennis all throughout high school and college and since then recreationally.

How long have you done Crossfit? I have been doing Crossfit for approximately 7 months

How did you hear about Crossfit? I was actually just searching various gyms in the area and by chance came upon the South Durham Crossfit location. I inquired and took one class and was hooked immediately.

What made you take the plunge? I wanted to get back to my “athletic self”. I have two young sons (4 and 5) and I want to be able to workout/compete with them in workouts or sports when they get older, so making sure I am fit now and staying fit is a very important goal for me.

What has Crossfit done for you? It’s still a process for me but so far I would say I am about 60 to 70 percent back to where I need to be athletically. I know what it feels like to be in top physical shape so it’s all about getting back there. I let fitness fall to the side when my first son was born, forabout 5 years, but feel good about using Crossfit to get me back to where I need to be physically along with getting healthier overall. Crossfit has actually caused me to look closer at my eating habits and to essentially harmonize the fitness health I am getting with Crossfit with that of a more nutritious diet.

What is your favorite movement? What is your least favorite? My favorite movement is “Shoulder to Overhead” I seem to have a good rhythm with that movement and can move through a workout at the L2 weight recommendation pretty efficiently when that movement is in a workout. My least favorite movement is Snatch. It is a very unique movement and utilizes stabilizer muscles which I never really pushed very much.

What is your favorite Crossfit moment? What is your least favorite moment? I don’t really have an overall favorite moment in Crossfit, instead I have certain favorite moments in workouts, for example, when we have a WOD workout that includes a running component at the end, I am usually able to push myself at the very end with a fast sprint regardless of how tired I am. After that type of work out I have a great feeling of accomplishment that I was able to actually push myself at the very end and that the workout is over. The same goes for my least favorite moment. This moment is usually that minute just before a WOD workout. Even though I have done many WODs and just like those previous workouts, I know I will get through this one which is about to start, but it still gives me that brief butterfly in the stomach feeling which usually goes away right when you start or throughout the workout.

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