Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)
My name is Kaiden I am 22 years old. I am currently a junior at Bridgewater studying to be a physical education teacher. I got into the physical education field because I enjoy helping people better themselves. Also my dad and grandfather were both physical education teachers so I have grown up around a healthy and physical lifestyle. I am the oldest child in my family with two younger brothers (Cole 19, Blake 18) and a sister (Lexi 17). My siblings still live back at home in Stafford, VA. When I go back home for breaks I will often work as a substitute teacher or for a construction business.
How long have you been at The Rock and what got you started?
I have been at the Rock since my freshman year at Bridgewater, which makes it roughly 3 three years. I remember coming to visit Bridgewater, as a senior in high school, and I searched for a CrossFit gym in the area. I remember walking through the door of the Rock and seeing everyone working hard with the music blaring. I was looking for someone in charge and that’s when I met Dana. She was very helpful, and that turned into my first workout at the Rock.
When/what was your “CrossFit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)
Ummm… The CrossFit moment where I might actually pass out was during the Open last year on the first workout. On the first go around for 17.1 I did it Friday night at Staunton and it hurt like crazy and I didn’t do as well as I thought I could. The following Monday I decided to come in for the 6:30 p.m. to just do the regular class workout, but Dana persuaded me to do the workout again. On this go round I told myself I would not drop the dumbbell until the final round of fifty snatches. I managed to do so, but when I got to the final round I was in a very bad place and wanted nothing more than to stop and pass out right there. But thanks to Hunter and Brittney cheering me on I finished with a better score. To this day I have had many difficult workouts, but never to that degree.
Favorite workout?/Least favorite workout?
My favorite workouts are long workouts with complex movements. I enjoy keeping a steady pace and doing things such as muscleups, cleans, and most gymnastics (except chest to bar). My least favorite workouts are sprints. I do not enjoy the feeling of being perfectly fine to lying on the ground gasping for air in a span of 2 to 3 minutes. Not my favorite.
You can go to any concert of any artist (dead or alive) which one would you go to?
I went to a Dierks Bentley concert a year ago and had a blast. I would love to do that again!
What are your CrossFit goals?
Whenever I go in for a class I will eventually go to the board and look at the top scores for the day. My goal every day is to leave with the top score. I usually do pretty well, with the exception of when Luke comes back from college. It also helps that in the past I usually have gone to the 6:30 class so I get to see all of the scores for the day. Lately however I have been going to the 5:30 class a lot more for some reason (insert emoji face below). Another goal of mine is to always be improving. One way I measure my improvement is with the Open. Every year I try to finish a little better than the previous years and so far I’ve manage to do so, but It gets more challenging each year.
What’s your favorite cheat food?
Probably bacon, if that’s a cheat food. I am generally a pretty healthy eater. Going into my 7th grade year of school I was trying to get ready for football and so I decided to stop eating junk food. That meant no more soda, chips, candy, desserts, ect. I managed to keep this up through that football season and have kept that mentality ever since.
In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?
It’s a big family that loves to workout. Everyone there is very nice and welcoming, It’s usually the best hour of my day. Back home I go to a Sport and Health gym, a very traditional type gym. In there, I could go the whole time without talking to anyone. The Rock is nothing like that. Everyone is very social and care about how your day is going. Over the years I’ve gotten to know a lot of people and have made some really great friends. Another part I like is the accountability, no one would care at the Sport and Health if I skip a day, but my friends at the Rock will hold me accountable and I’m glad they do. In the past there have been times where I have not been having all that great of a day, but every time I leave the Rock I leave feeling better.
Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)
The Rock has been great to me. I am not only in better shape from my time at the Rock, but I also think that it has made me a better person as well. That positive vibe from the coaches and the members rubs off on you. I want to thank Lauren and Nate for all the hard work they put into making Rocktown Crossfit what it is. Always trying to make the gym better by doing things like buying new equipment (like the dumbbells that are awesome) and hosting events during the holidays. I also want to thank all the coaches who have all helped me out and encouraged me.
A Note from the Rocktown Staff:
Kaiden needs no introduction. He’s been one of the best athlete’s since the day he walked through our doors. The crowning of athlete of the month wasn’t really a matter of “if” just a matter of “when”. That being said, with all the gains he continues to make in the gym he is a great young man outside of the gym as well. When I was 22 the last thing I was doing was driving 15 minutes from my college dorm so I could workout every day…its says a lot about his work ethic and how he was raised. Kaiden is always polite, always the first to jump in and help and is always encouraging those around him to be better. Keep killing it Kaiden…we are looking forward to one more year of you whipping up with us…but I promise the old man won’t go down without a fight Congrats!