Tyler Seals Athlete Spotlight
When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started? I started CrossFit in 2012 after a friend of mine started his own gym. The main driver was just trying to be in better shape and find a different activity; competing with the weeknight basketball has-beens and those that think they know how to play was less interesting and more dangerous!What is your favorite/least favorite WOD? My favorites are Fight Gone Bad and Murph– just like the story/meaning behind both of them. Don’t really have a least favorite as the ones that look really bad – I don’t do☺What is your favorite/least favorite movement? Tall guys like rowing right, I also like Cleans. Least favorite is HSPU’s or OHS’s (starting to think I should pick something else as I avoid these instead of doing them)Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.) Married to the best Woman on the planet and it will be 20 years this September! My side of the family has even said if we were ever to divorce – I’d be the one kicked out of the family! We have three wonderful daughters (Abby, Lolo, and Chloe) and they keep us busy with all of their activities and aspirations. I grew up in a small town in New Mexico and played all the traditional sports and basketball was my favorite. I graduated from K-State with an Architectural Engineering degree and moved to Colorado where we lived in the Vail Valley for 13 years and Denver for five. I had the privilege of working on some unique and fun projects all over the country, one of which is hosting a wedding for some great friends this coming June! Currently I work in the Equipment Sales side of the building and construction industry and couldn’t be happier with our move to Kansas four years ago.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit? Weeknight basketball leagues, occasional mountain biking, skiing and golf (not sure that counts as exercise though). What did you think after your first CrossFit workout? I was scared to do CrossFit initially and thought I’d never be able to do the things I read online or in magazines. After I started, I discovered it was challenging and humbling at the same time but generally I could get though a workout doing most movements and scaling was encouraged. This allowed me to ease into it and develop a comfort level and progress from there.What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals? My main goals are having arms as muscular as Mary’s, stay in shape and be better at the things (activity wise) I want to do. I didn’t have a goal of “competing” in CrossFit events when I started and honestly thought I never would. That said, having done several competitions in the past couple years, I have really enjoyed them regardless of where I finish. I also like the challenge of trying to keep up with the “young’ns” (those two decades younger than I am)!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? I’ve found CrossFit has helped me in more than just exercise – I’ve seen benefits in my work/business relationships and activities, family and friendships through CrossFit that have been created through the years.Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? The Granite Games competition in 2016 was an incredible experience. I remember telling Mary after our first workout that I am way out of my league trying to do this. However, she and the other athletes from 913 were terrific with their support and encouragement. So much so that team Past, Present, Future was able to place in the Top 10 out of 50+ teams. Best thing was I kept telling all the judges I was the “Future” part of our team!What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913? Have fun and enjoy it. It is easy to be intimidated with some of the incredible athletes working out around you but day by day, you will reach your goals, set new ones and be athlete that other newbies aspire to be.Something you might not know about me is? I had hair at one point in my life!