We're stoked to share our incredibly inspiring athlete of the month, Troy Boot!
Have you always lived an active lifestyle? What’s your story?
Yes. I started racing dirt bikes in 1978. In 1984, I started working out to get stronger to race dirt bikes. By 1988 I had bought into a gym. I trained with a bodybuilding focus. I did my first and only bodybuilding show in 1988. In 1992, I sold the gym. I remained active and my interests switched to the outdoors. I became a hunting guide in the mountains. I also worked in the oil patch for 15 years. During this time I became less active, overweight and out of shape. In August 2009 I was introduced to crossFit by Brad Hall. This day changed my life forever. I have been doing crossFit ever since, for almost 9 years.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because of the change it created for me. I want that change for other people. I want people to really live the best life that they ca and to believe in themselves, to believe they can do it. Even though it can be a hard road, I know it’s possible because was “that” guy. I had high blood pressure, high triglycerides, was overweight, smoked cigarettes, chewed Copenhagen and drank Gibson’s finest. Now that’s an athlete! These days I drink protein drinks, BCAA’s, count my macros, focus on sleep and recovery and train 5-6 days/week.
What inspires you when you’re coaching an athlete?
Helping each athlete achieve their goals, whatever their goals are. Each athlete has different goals and a different mindset; I want to help them achieve that goal.
What’s the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in getting ready for the CrossFit games?
The hardest obstacle is self doubt.
I have to remind myself every single day that I do have what it takes.
Also, pushing In my training even when I want to quit.
What advice would you give to an aspiring CrossFit athlete?
Set goals for yourself. Start with short term realistic goals as well as longer term goals to train for. For example: a competition, the Crossfit open next year, a race, etc.
Every day do one thing that gets you closer to your goal.
Believe in yourself. Ask for help.
What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment?
In 2014 I gave up my Masters 1st place position to compete in the Men’s finals and placed 2nd overall in the Men’s category.
I'm also proud of qualifying for Wodapalooza in Miami and competing against Games athletes in Miami at Wodapalooza.
This year placing Top 30 in the world in my age group felt like a huge accomplishment.
What do you do to keep your body healthy during training?
1) As I get older I realize I need to listen to my body more than ever to prevent injury.
2) Epsom salt bath everyday.
3) Stay hydrated.
4) I've gotten acupuncture and cupping treatments with Nicole Albertson for the past five years at Active Living.
5) I visit Lars for treatment 1-2x/week.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Kelowna when you’re not at the gym?
I love to sit in the shade at the beach and hike with my little buddy Murph.
What’s your favourite cheat meal?
I eat the same way every day (for the most part). When I go out, I love a good burger and fries. I also love candy: licorice, big Turks, M&M’s - you name it!
Is there anything else you want to share or get out to the community?
I would say this to the people who are on the fence about starting CrossFit: Just do it! Walk through the doors. It’s like magic. Your life will change. Be part of the community. Do your best every day.