Name: Troy V. Bell
Where did you grow up?
When did you become a member at The Gate CrossFit?
What do you do when you are not at The Gate CrossFit? (occupation, hobbies, etc.)
My day job is working in the Health Care industry. I am the Owner and C.E.O. of TanaBell Health Services, Inc. I really enjoy coaching my kids and supporting them in all of their activities. I love all sports and enjoy supporting Idaho State University Athletics. I enjoy camping and playing with the family when we have free weekends.
How did you find out about CrossFit?
My wife Jamie started attending The Gate and really enjoyed it. She finally convinced me to come.
When did you realize CrossFit is right for you?
After the first day, I was not convinced that I was made for CrossFit or that I would enjoy it. I think the first time I really began to realize I enjoyed it was after my first Saturday workout. I loved the big group atmosphere and loved the community feeling I had when I went to work out. I saw a lot of people struggling to become more fit just like me!
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
I would have to say it is the last movement before the WOD ends! I enjoy all the movements, but my favorite will always be the last movement on that whiteboard!
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Over Head Squats do not like me and my mobility, and I really despise them.
What would your perfect WOD look like?
Burpees, Push press, and lots of long distance running
What is one thing you have done at The Gate CrossFit that you never thought you would do?
Get a healthy back, and lose 50 LBS! When I started I weighed 258 lbs and had serious back problems from a collegiate football injury. I had it operated on but had troubles nonstop. In the last 9 months, I have not had any pain and have not thrown my back out once. CrossFit has helped me lose the weight I needed to lose, and has helped me to strengthen my core so that my back issues are no longer a daily struggle.
What motivates you during a CrossFit WOD?
I want to be healthy and stay healthy. It is always nice to see accomplishments when you beat your prior times or increase your 1 Rep max. That always makes you feel good. Baby steps motivate me.
What is something about yourself that we might not know?
I am fluent in the Russian Language and have had 10 surgeries on my 36 year old body!
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit?
It can be difficult to keep coming back when you are sore and you feel like there are many movements that you can’t do. Nothing in life comes easy, but I can say from personal experience, CrossFit has provided results like no other workout plan I have ever tried.
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to beat my wife Jamie in WODs whenever I can get lucky enough!
a much healthier diet of high protein and low carbs, because I love to see my work in the gym pay off with physical results.
stupid stuff in the gym like dance around to lighten the mood and to ease my nervous stomach before a WOD begins!
admitting that I have a man crush on Rich Froning and that I daydream about having his ability and looks!