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By Jen | In Testimonials | on January 14, 2014


Mark McCandlish

Give us a little background about yourself.

I joined West End CrossFit in January 2013.  My wife Karen and I have been married for nearly 5 years and we have a 3 year old daughter, Sophia.  I grew up in Charlottesville, VA and now live in the Short Pump area.  I went to Virginia Tech for undergrad and graduate school and I am a diehard Hokie.

How did you hear about West End CrossFit?

One of my best friends has been doing CrossFit in Northern VA for a couple years and wanted me to try it.  I have a few friends from work that go to West End CrossFit.  I went to “Bring a Friend to CrossFit” day and was hooked.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I moved to Austin, TX for a year to manage a band.  I love live music, and couldn’t pass up the chance to help out a good friend in his effort to get his band started.  I had an amazing time in the “live music capital of the world.”

What music can we find currently playing in your car?

Being from Charlottesville, I grew up with Dave Matthews Band and always have them in my car.

What current things are you working towards in your health, training, career and/or personal life?

I am trying to focus my attention and energy to “live in the moment” and avoid distractions.  I am also working to find the simple choices to make positive change over the long term.

Tell us about your most memorable WOD at WECF.

Most all of them end up with me gasping for air and laying on the floor in a sweaty mess.  The most memorable WOD for me now is the 12 Days of Christmas since I am still recovering from that one.

What would you tell someone who is interested in training with WECF?

Give it an honest chance.  When I first started, I gave it 6 months to see if this was something I wanted to stick with.  If you do consistent work over time, the results will come.  You will have struggles, and it will seem hard at times, but there are great coaches to teach and guide you.  If you choose to train at WECF, you will find a great group of people who are working hard to make positive and healthy choices in their lives.  All you have to do is show up with the desire to learn and have fun.



2 Comments to "1/14/2014"

  • Brad W. says:

    January 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm -

    First, the math on this is tricky so it took me 4 tries to get this posted. Second, isn’t hat the guy that wears some nutty socks at the workouts?

  • Jen says:

    January 15, 2014 at 9:17 am -

    LOL! I just noticed the math problem. I believe he wore pony socks earlier this week. 😉