Athlete of the MonthApril

Bret Lian

Career: GIS Analyst

Years at FireTower Athletics: 1

There is a lot I like about CrossFit and in particular FireTower.

I live in Jefferson City, only  10 miles or so from the house I grew up in in Clancy, Montana, and I work for the DNRC as a GIS Analyst. I am married to my wife, Lisa, and we have 3 kids who are  3, 7, and 11 years old. I stay pretty busy as a volunteer firefighter with the Jefferson City VFD, like to camp, hike, hunt, and fish with my family, and I write articles for the local newspaper where I geek out on Geography.

I first tried CrossFit last summer. I had wanted to for a while because I had friends and coworkers for whom it made a big difference in their health.  I took the on-ramp class, and then I kind of dabbled for a few months showing up once or twice a week. I really feel like I “started” CrossFit this January, when I consistently began to come to classes 3-5 times a week. 

I can’t list just one thing that I like about CrossFit. The way the workouts make me feel, the rapid improvement of my fitness, the fact that I don’t have to think I just show up, the positivity of the coaches and everyone who works out here.   It’s consistently a great part of my day. There is a lot I like about CrossFit and in particular FireTower.

My typical day I get up at  4:30 most mornings and drink a cup or 3 of coffee and Lisa and I coordinate a plan for how the day is gonna go. I start work at 6. Breakfast usually happens around 7:30, and a snack at 10:30. I normally attend the noon class at FireTower. Afterwards I eat lunch. Sometimes in my truck in the parking lot right after working out, which would be a frightening thing to see if you ever look. I get off work around 3, go pick my kids up from the bus, and then run them around to whatever sports/extra curriculars they are doing which could be anything from wrestling to baseball to 4H to Youth Choir. A couple days a week they attend the kids class at FireTower, which they enjoy. Dinner usually happens when the extracurriculars are done and we get home, and the 2 hour dance of putting kids to bed begins. Around 8:30 or 9 we are usually prepping our meals for the next day and it is rare that I am awake after 9:30.

One other thing I associate with FireTower is the nutrition class that Judy Siler, a coach at FireTower,  taught in January. Lisa and I took the class, and we learned a lot, and I have made real progress toward my goal of losing a lot of body fat and for the first time in a long time I feel like I am headed in the right direction and have a model for my own nutrition that works. It’s making a big difference for me.

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