Name:   Stuart Peterson

Hometown: Red Oak, Iowa

Age: 42

Occupation: Financial Advisor

When did you first start CrossFitting?  Right around the time when I couldn’t fit into my suits anymore, 2013

Favorite WOD:  Linda, or any other WOD that is already over

Least Favorite WOD: Fran is pretty terrible, teeters on the edge of torture

Three words to describe you: Dad, Coach, Pragmatic

Tell us about your fitness background: I did 20 pull ups in 6th grade for The Presidential Physical Fitness Test, but it’s all been downhill since then.  Played football, golf, tennis and ran track in high school.  Played football in college until a doozy of a motorcycle accident in between my freshman and sophomore year.  Words of wisdom, do not ride a motorcycle with only flip flops, khaki shorts and a t shirt on…without a helmet…you’ll end up t-boning a green ford ranger pick-up, separating your shoulder and have plenty of road rash to show for it.  Great times.  After a less than stellar ending to my football career that was obviously going nowhere, I migrated to volleyball.  Played on the men’s club team at Iowa State for three years.  Interesting how things work out, as I met my wife years later playing beach volleyball in Chicago.  I kicked a ball into Lake Michigan that day, like any sore loser would, but she ended up marrying me anyway.  I’m sure she still regrets it to this day.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  I spend most of my free time in/at hockey rinks, lacrosse & soccer fields, flag football fields, basketball courts, gymnastic meets, golf courses and gas stations.  I love to coach, and have been lucky enough to do so with all three of our kids.  I still play volleyball, beach doubles in the summer & men’s 6’s in the winter.  Skiing and playing golf with the entire family is something I cherish, you really can’t beat it.  I like to sing, but mainly just to embarrass my kids.  I play the piano, but can only remember 4 songs in my old age.  Ping pong, pool, shuffleboard and foosball are a mainstay in our house, basically anything where there is a winner, loser and bragging rights.  I also enjoy playing poker and taking money from my friends.


How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  We had just moved here from Chicago, and I was looking for a new gym to join.  I googled “Providence Gyms”, and CrossFit Providence showed up on the results list.  I knew nothing about CrossFit, but their website looked interesting, so I went and checked it out.  I haven’t been to a “traditional” gym ever since.

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  I do not remember my first WOD, but I certainly remember with great clarity the onboarding baseline test on day one.  500 meter row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups & 10 pull-ups.  I had to take several breaks just to get through the 500 meter row, let alone the rest of the exercises.  Humbling to say the least.  I was shocked at how hard it was, 5 simple movements, no weights.  Mother-Time, Doritos, cookies and bourbon had officially snuck up and kicked my a$$.

What changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?  Weight loss is always a wonderful reward for hard work and effort.  I went from 226 lbs down to 206 lbs.  Gained several inches on my vertical jump.  Lost inches around my waistline, enough that I didn’t have to buy bigger suits.

Please share with us any favorite CFSK moments:  The CrossFit Open is a great event, and it brings out the best in people…athletes making a lift or movement that they hadn’t been able to up to that point.  I brought my oldest boy Quinn to one of the Open workouts this year.  He was smiling from ear to ear and said, “that was really cool dad”.  When we got into the car he asked me why everyone was screaming and cheering for one another….we’re all a team and everyone wants each other to be successful.  Promoting comradery and a love for physical fitness is one of the greatest things a parent can do for / with their kids.  I absolutely love it.

Any advice for people just getting started?  It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, strong, not strong, flexible, in shape already or just hoping to make some sort of progress, CrossFit is the perfect place.  Get started, and then keep coming, it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.