FallOut CrossFit – School of Elite Fitness Tri-cities, WA

December Athlete of the Month!

December Athlete of the Month



Rich Hafner


Hometown: Ludlow, Massachusetts

Age: 44

When did you first start training at FOCF?:  March 2012

Favorite WOD: Any WOD that involves carrying something. It’s so outside the realm of the regular gym experience, yet something we use in every day life.

Least Favorite WOD: WODs with double-unders. I just haven’t mastered them yet, but I’m getting better.

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played football back in high school, then I joined the Navy and was in pretty good shape. Between then and now I’ve had various bouts with fitness. Often getting bored with the gym and falling out of shape.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Even though I work with Tim I first heard about CrossFit from someone else. He did the base-line a while back and told me about the whole CF philosophy. Suddenly I realized Tim was saying the same thing at work. In the back of my mind I knew I’d be joining and I eventually did.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I can’t remember my very first WOD. But a memorable moment close to the beginning was with Penny. It was a morning class and the warm-up said JYD. She said “Are you ready Junk Yard Dog?” I said “No”. I had no idea what she was talking about. Laura and her quickly instructed me. That was my introduction to the world of CF acronyms.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I’ve lost fat, gained muscle and clothes fit better.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Being sore in places I’ve never been sore before. CF makes you work muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / FOCF moments: Showing up on a Saturday, not really knowing too many people (since I’m a morning CrossFitter), thinking I should have stayed at home, getting partnered up anyways and having a great WOD. Everyone is really awesome at FOCF.

Any advice for people just getting started? 80% of success is showing up. Just get in the door, read the board and be prepared to suffer with your classmates. A bad day at FOCF is better than a good day on the couch.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? International travel. I traveled while in the Navy and kept traveling afterwards. I also like movies and online PC gaming (first person shooters).