Art is not new to sports (or Crossit) but he is newer to Recursive! He started classes with us this year and every time he steps into the gym, he gives it his full effort. Learn more about Art!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Art and I’ve lived in Madison for almost 15 years. I’m a football coach, an advocate for physical activity & mental health, and passionate about growth and self improvement. To me life is all about getting better everyday (mentally, physically, spiritually), learning through failure and helping/supporting/serving others.

Why did you choose Recursive?
In the midst of a global pandemic, not too many business found a way to balance safety and mental health through physical activity. I think Recursive did that, giving me the opportunity to get out of doing my WODs in the garage, and gaining some level of normalcy. I value that.

What is your favorite thing about working out at Recursive?
It’s a great community. People are helpful, supportive and share common values in self improvement.

What was the biggest struggle you’ve had the last few months?
Having a disciplined mindset about working out. Not making excuses to take a day off from a WOD or workout. It’s so easy to be “average” and take a day off. I think we can all agree that if we only did things when we felt like doing them, we would not get a lot accomplished. It’s a mindset, and you have to love the grind, and disconnect yourself from the results. I’m working on it.

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting your commitment to a lifestyle change?
Running 2-3 miles every day. I’m not a fan of running, in fact I hate it. But it is such a good activity to build endurance.

How has Recursive changed your life?
It brought back something I didn’t get while I was working out at home… Competition and working out as a group.

What advice do you have for people who are nervous to get started?
There’ll never be a good time to get started, there’ll always be a reason to wait and to think about it. DON’T! Take charge of your physical and mental wellness, and try it. Taking the first step is always the hardest. You’ll look back and be glad you did!

What is something else fun you’d like to share about yourself?
In 6th grade I became the youngest champion @ the Coca-Cola Yo-Yo Reginal Championship in Florida. That’s right, Yo-Yos! So don’t let this 6’, 195lb athletic frame fool you… Inside this competitive athlete there is a “nerd” dying to come out! Every once in a while I like to show these young kids how to do a few tricks!

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