You’re about to meet a Progression veteran who has a few surprises in store for you. Read on to get to know the amazing Tom Warne!
What do you do for a living?
I’m an engineer at Western Digital, developing software for high performance solid state storage.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
I like woodworking, travel, and photography.
What made you decide to try Progression?
My employer offered a free membership! I needed to get back in shape and saw it as a huge opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I hadn’t done any research and just showed up one day.
How long have you been at Progression?
3 1/2 years.
What was your experience with fitness like prior to joining Progression?
I participated in high school track and cross country, then ran and biked some in college. Once I started a career it was on and off with exercise. I joined a Tae Kwon Do gym at one point and kept with it for a couple of years. Although I was in the best shape I had ever been in, I didn’t commit to it totally and eventually drifted away. More recently, I went to Mayo’s Healthy Living Center for a year or two. I would go about 3 times per week to use the weight machines and a bike. I got busy one summer then fell off the wagon.
What was your biggest fear when you started?
Being obviously out of shape and not keeping up.
Favorite cheat day meal?
Beer and pizza, of course.
What goal(s) are you currently chasing?
I’m just trying to remain consistent in what I do. I’m happy when I can come to class regularly and see some gradual improvement in my PR’s. I seem to feel best when I combine CrossFit and REV classes for the extra aerobics.
What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment?
With degenerative arthritis in one of my shoulders, I struggle with good form on overhead movements. Even pushups can be a challenge some days. I am getting stronger though and feel like I’m making progress.
What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?
Okay, so I can wiggle my ears.
What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a Coach or member at Progression?
Keep your shoulders back, pivot at the hip, sit back, squeeze those glutes!
How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since joining Progression?
I realize that I have to make fitness a priority to stay healthy. It’s got to be a lifelong habit.
What has been your fondest memory during your time at Progression?
All of the special events I’ve participated in have been fun, especially FNL.
Why do you think you’ve stuck with Progression?
The Coaches are great and I’ve met a lot of nice people. I like the group environment and not having to plan my own workouts.
What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining Progression?
Give it a try for at least two months. Make it a priority in your life.