The secret is: there is no secret! So far in our member series we've heard some pretty awesome success stories from Shannon and Adam, and Chandra gave us some pointers on how a busy family of four keeps up with sports, good nutrition, and regular exercise. This week we get to know Will Humphries, half of Tyger River CrossFit's cutest couple. What you'll notice about Will is - although he is one of our better athletes and maintains only about 5% body fat - there is nothing magical about his routine: no crazy diet, no elaborate supplement regimen, no magic WOD gear. He was just raised to value physical activity from a young age and is dedicated to continuous self improvement. Hard work and dedication? You don't say!
Like the Verretts, the Humphries family seems to be athletically gifted! Have you always been this athletic?
Yes, ever since I can remember I have also been athletic and involved in some type of sport. Both my parents played sports in college and were also involved with them once they graduated. My parents actually met playing sports during a Co-ed tennis tournament. My mom ended up being a PE teacher so from the start my brother and I were taught to eat right and that we always should be outside playing or involved in something. Growing up there wasn’t much “tv time” or drinking sodas and eating sweets.
How did you find Crossfit?
I knew of Crossfit long before I ever actually signed up at Tyger River. I was very big into cycling (putting in an average of 200 miles a week during the heavy training months) and running. I knew Crossfit involved a lot of strength that was very unnecessary weight to carry around while sitting on a bike. When I finally did decide to sign up for Crossfit I originally just wanted to use it as winter training to strengthen my legs come spring time. The biggest reason for me sticking with Crossfit was because I had really good training partners who I enjoyed going out with every weekend to throw down “hammer sessions” but when they all had to slowly stop for different reasons it wasn’t the same. I also met Jessica Watson who happens to be my future wife after a month at Crossfit so I couldn’t leave after that.
We all joke that your abs have abs. *People say* abs are made in the kitchen. What's in your kitchen?
I don’t have anything special in the kitchen. I may have some fruits and veggies but I always have some type of meat, milk and bread (Ezekiel bread, or brown rice bread) and there is always some yummy (sweet/salty) snack on the self. I would say that the way I look just doesn’t come from eating well it’s a lot of hard work training every day and genetics.
Walk us through “a day in the life” of Will, including what you eat and when.
Wake up (5-6AM) and if I am not planning on hitting something at the gym that morning I’ll fix me 2 or 3 pieces of bread (Ezekiel bread, or brown rice bread) and top it with almond butter or natural putter butter (always Jiff for PB) and then drizzle a little natural honey on top of that while I wash it all down with a glass of skim or 2% milk. 8AM grab a cup of black coffee while I eat about 2-3 handfuls of almonds. 9AM Greek yogurt. 10AM 2 boiled eggs. 11AM protein bar and another handful of almonds. 12:30AM usually a meat (chicken or lean beef) with carrots and guacamole and a little brown rice or quinoa. 2:30-3PM is normally were I’ll eat anything for fuel because most days I work out starting around 5:30-6. I’ll either eat two Cliff bars or some type of “healthier” cereal (about half a box), Nature valley bars (a lot of stuff I would eat when I cycled), something to fill me up and that will give me energy for a while and then usually another protein bar and one small handful of almonds. After a workout I’ll have a protein shake. Then when I get home I’ll fix me a meal at around 8:30-9PM (normally more meat, almonds, a salad, and sometimes brown rice and quinoa.) If I’m not out of milk I’ll have a cup of milk before going to bed (10:30).
It seems like I see you perfecting a lift, every day. You’re very focused. What drives you and do you ever struggle with motivation?
My biggest motivation is thinking that I have a chance to become something greater than I already am. I like competition either from myself by going for PR’s, someone in the gym, or some type of competition. Of course another big motivation is music. Without the right type of music I don’t ever get the same type of push. I’ve always been a big music guy and always used it to help push me through hard workouts in running, cycling, or just lifting.
If you stray from your clean diet, what do you indulge in?
I’m not a big sweet guy regardless if it’s healthy or not so when I indulge it’s normally on something salty or fried.
Do you have a supplement regimen? If so, what is it?
Mainly a daily vitamin, protein after each workout and some BCAAs before and after working out.
Are you going to eat wedding cake? (If so, please make sure your photographer captures the moment.)
Yes, I’ve already been told that I better eat some and I will. I went with Jessica and tasted wedding cake and ate each cake they put in front of our faces.
You don’t drink, which is kind of rare for a guy in his mid-20s these days. What are your thoughts on alcohol?
I grew up in a home that never had alcohol in the fridge so It was something I saw as never being needed. I’ve tried it but I don’t even like the taste.
What are your health goals for 2016?
To try and get stronger and better at my gymnastic movements all while I hope to maintain my ability to run as best as I can. I also want to make sure I’m having fun the whole time instead of treating it so much like a job.
What is your favorite lift or WOD and why?
My favorite lift would be the clean and jerk because it works both strength and technique (and just looks cool). My favorite WOD would be any long grinder and chipper WODs.
Thanks for keeping it real, Will! We enjoy working out with you at the gym and we're all looking forward to your big day next month!