Athlete Profile – Tom Maples

Tells us about yourself… I was born in Logan and after short stints in NC and AZ, I grew up in Cove. I am the oldest of six kids. My dad was a cop while I was growing up so I never got away with anything. Megan and I met while attending school at SUU in Cedar City and were married in 2002. We moved to Logan where I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. We now live in Amalga with three very active and crazy dogs.

maplesWhat’s your day job? I am a firefighter for Salt Lake City Fire Department. I absolutely love my job and look forward to going to work. It is always something different. I also work part time for Cache County Ambulance and Smithfield Fire Department on my days off. Needless to say, I love firefighting.

How where you introduced to CrossFit? During recruit school for my job and also at my first station, we did CrossFit workouts every day. However on my days off and after I switched stations, I was trying to do my own workouts and not seeing any results. Scott and Missy Best finally convinced me to come to CrossFit Iota and I have been coming ever since.

What’s your favorite WOD or Lift? Even though it makes me sick every time I do it, I really like Cindy. I have seen a huge improvement since the first time I completed it. I also like snatch. For me it was simple and easy to learn and I have seen great improvement since the first time I tried it.

What is your favorite skill/movement that you have learned at CrossFit IoTA? Not jumprope. I would have to say pullups. Ever since I finally learned the proper way to do pullups I have seen a huge improvement. I went from barely being able to do a single pullup without a band to doing 10+ consistently.

How has CrossFit changed your life? I have become much stronger and more motivated to get off the couch and be active. I am also not afraid to try hard things since the WODs are usually harder than anything I do in my normal life. My diet has also improved since I eat to improve my performance at CrossFit instead of just eating to avoid problems in 20 years.

What keeps you motivated and coming back for more? My job is very physically demanding. We go from 0-60 in seconds and CrossFit helps me to be ready for whatever gets thrown at me. I look at some firefighters who are overweight or don’t work out at all and also see the Line of Duty Deaths that are related to heart disease and realize I don’t want that to be me. CrossFit is also a lot of fun. It is the first exercise program that I actually look forward to going to every day instead of looking for excuses to not do it. Everyone encourages each other which makes it much more enjoyable as well.

What’s something you know now that you wish someone would have said to you when you started CrossFit? That it is very addicting. Often my schedule revolves around going to the box to get my “fix” for the day.

One word to describe me would be… laid-back. Granted this is two words with a hyphen but it makes the point.

I have always wanted… To go to Alaska. Every time someone says they are going to Alaska I try to figure out a way to stowaway with them.

Outside of the gym, I like to… shoot guns, play golf, hiking, and fighting fires, but not necessarily in this order.

Three things you would always find in my fridge… cheese, milk, and whatever leftovers from last night’s dinner that I haven’t eaten yet.

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me… I was in the orchestra and played violin in grades 6-10. I was never very good, but I enjoyed it.

Favorite physical activity outside of CFI… Probably hiking with my dogs. I try to take them on a 2 mile walk every day.

Favorite place to eat in Cache Valley … Coppermill or Texas Roadhouse. I love the ribs and steak.

Song(s) that gets me pumped up for a workout… I have no idea. I hear the music for about 30 seconds during a workout and then I am just focused on not dying. Plus I don’t really know what the names of the songs are, I just recognize some of them occasionally.

The last thing I ate was… Seasoned chicken breast and a Colby Jack cheese stick

My proudest accomplishment is…Besides getting married it would be graduating from recruit school at Salt Lake City Fire. It was by far the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done.

My six month goal is… Consistently have my WOD scores in the top half of the day’s workout.

My favorite workout attire is… t-shirt and shorts

My favorite workout partner(s)… Anybody from the 9am and noon classes but especially Casey, Brandyn, and Dave. They have pushed me many times to lift more weight, move a little faster, and do a few more reps long after I wanted to quit.

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself what would the workout be?
The Oreo
(this is a bit of collaborative effort with everyone from the noon class)
Run 200 m
5 pull ups
10 pushups
15 snatch
Run 200m
15 snatch
10 pushups
5 pull ups
Run 200 m
Score will be how many Double Stuff Oreos you can eat in 1 minute after completing the above. Milk is permitted if needed.


Author: Paul @ IoTA Fitness

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