March Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Bob Rentfro

If you don’t know who Bob Rentfro is then you don’t spend enough time at Fury. Bob is without a doubt our most dedicated, supportive member and our March Spotlight athlete. Whether we are hosting a fundraiser, going to a competition or just doing the daily workout-Bob is always there.

Bob never misses a workout, makes track every Saturday, supports the Bomb Squad at all our competitions, volunteers for every fundraiser and has made amazing progress in the 10 months he has been at Fury. During Bob’s first assessment in May, he weighed 250 pounds, did jumping pull ups and rowed 500 meters in 2:08. Today, Bob weighs 202 pounds, can do kipping pull ups and rowed 500 meters in 1:48. We couldn’t be prouder of Bob and his progress and consider ourselves lucky to have him here at Fury!

When Did you start CrossFit? May 21, 2011…a Saturday free class.

Why Did you start CrossFit? I was 51 years old, I was wicked fat and my health was in a death-spiral. I needed to do something drastic and CrossFit seemed insane.

What kept you coming back/motivated? The people….both the staff and the members. I have never been around more genuine, sincere, high caliber people in my life.

How long did it take you to go from Basics to CrossFit Prep? 6 months

What is the best thing you have gotten out of doing CrossFit? My life back. Both physically and mentally.

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? Be healthy again. I answered this like an old guy. A young guy’s answer would probably have something to do with slinging a red kettlebell, or doing 80 burpees in seven minutes, or maybe an 11 minute Annie. When you get older, the healthy aspect becomes more important…all of that other stuff is icing on the cake, er, I mean a romaine wrap on my bison burger.

What is one goal you have reached? And one goal you still hope to reach? All of my clothes are too big. Now that I have reached that goal, my next goal is an actual doctor suggested weight number. Additionally, I am striving to not stand around and breath during a wod (“keep moving!!” [hear Aimee’s voice here]). As I get more fit, the thoughts of a possibly participating in a Masters CrossFit Games lurks at the edges of my mind.

How has your diet changed since starting CrossFit? Paleo, baby. Pretty simple. Cannot argue with the results; 65 lbs vanished since beginning.

How has the paleo diet affected your workouts/life? Just look at my before/after pictures Aimee took. Those pictures are truly worth a thousand words. And, oddly enough, I am just now at the point in my CrossFit like where I can really feel how much less the WODs suck when I stick closely to the Paleo ways.

Additional Comments: I am so thankful two people cared enough about me to tell me about CrossFit Fury. I cannot adequately describe what CrossFit Fury means in my life. Every day I marvel at where I am from where I started. It is amazing what hard work in the right environment will accomplish. Thank you, Leah for your constant encouragement. Thank you, Aimee for consistently poking me to improve (“get back on that bar….don’t set that down….keep moving…rest while you run…”). Thanks Will and Marcus for your patience in showing me how to correctly lift heavy stuff over my head. Thank you, Kelly for always reminding us no excuses allowed, ever. Thank you, Brit, for the timely guidance you have given me. Thank you , Fury-ites, for the much needed encouragement you give this old guy. And, finally, thank you, Peter, for keeping the vision alive and keeping the whole thing nicely grounded.