What’s in an anniversary? To some, it commemorates happy times – to others, it may depict a time of sadness. It can be a time to celebrate, a time to remember and reflect, and a time to be reminded to keep looking forward.

A very special friend of mine will celebrate his second anniversary of being a member of our gym and doing CrossFit this month. To me, this date is truly special. This date signifies a change in his life’s trajectory. This is the day that Travis Trammell finally decided to take back full control of his life: specifically, his health. I got to be a part of it by helping set it in motion. And it has been an all-around amazing experience.

I am so honored to write about my friend Travis this month. Since day 1, this guy has literally committed to changing his life for the better. He still continues to shine and inspire others, all while shocking the staff at the gym with the things he can do again. As a former collegiate athlete, it has been such a great time seeing the athleticism and fire in the eyes come back to Travis as he progressed in the gym.t1

Since starting at Big Lick CrossFit, Travis has lost 120 pounds. He has gained a multitude of lifelong friends. He has seen significant progress in his strength. He has eliminated the need for his sleep apnea machine. He has been an all-around success story: from his health, his fitness level, and in his personal life (I mean, he’s dating Jessica Hartman now… WINNER!).

Another amazing thing to know about Travis is that you can go to him when you are contemplating any sort of new workout gear… because odds are, he has it. Two sets of it.

  • Captain America shorts? Got em.
  • Shoes? You know it, lifters, Nanos, even those Reebok sprint thingies.
  • 1,000 head bands? YOU GOT IT. And a side part so tight at 5:15am it’s disgusting.
  • R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) Fridays? You can count on T to be decked out, head to toe, in red. Headband, wrist straps, shirt, shorts, knee socks. He is all in, all the time.

Speaking of all-in, if you ever show up to Wolf Pack and Travis isn’t there… be worried. He never misses. That dude literally has perfect attendance. If he’s gone, start running. Zombies have taken over the planet.

To close on a more serious note, I could NOT be more proud of my friend Travis Trammell. This guy has a heart of gold, and he has helped me to be a better athlete, and a better friend. His determination, constant positivity, heart, and dedication is something that is truly rare in this world nowadays. Every coach at Big Lick takes joy in seeing Travis, from Day 1, take his health into his own hands –and not allowing the obstacles of life get in the way of him and his relentless pursuit of good health.

I am grateful to have worked in the professional world with Travis for a period of time, and I now consider myself blessed to not only sling weights around with him, but to also have him as part of my Roanoke family – inside and out of the gym.

Travis, you have made me one proud “mama bear”, and I can’t even put into words how happy it makes me to see you healthy and thriving. You are truly an inspiration to those who have lost their way in their health journey and a wonderful success story for those who are looking for their second chance. Don’t ever change; this world needs people like you in it. Congratulations, buddy, you are Big Lick CrossFit’s November 2016 Athlete Spotlight!

t2We refer to Travis as “Iron Man” after he had a minor pacemaker surgery in 2016. He was already making huge strides in the gym, but after he recovered, he was pretty much the bionic man. We know he’ll appreciate this photo of him at his 2nd job: filling in for Tony Stark. 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a little more about Travis:

(Big Lick CrossFit): Give me 3 words that would describe how you felt about CrossFit before joining BLCF:
(Travis): Nervous, but excited.

(BLCF): Give me 1 word that would describe how YOU felt right before your first WOD?
(T): Scared.

(BLCF): What is your favorite WOD(s) or Skill(s)?
(T): Clean & Deadlift for skill. DT for WOD.

(BLCF): What’s on your “Suck List”?
(T): Pull-ups and double-unders. I am doing Kurt’s accessory program for pull-ups, and I try to practice double-unders outside of the normal class schedule.

(BLCF): How did you hear about Big Lick CrossFit?
(T): I heard about Big Lick CrossFit from my good friend, Kristin Goddard.

(BLCF): How long have you been doing CrossFit?
(T): I started in November of 2014. Two wonderful years.

(BLCF): What do you do for a living?
(T): I am a National Program Trainer at Advance Auto Parts.

(BLCF): Tell me about your love life!
(T): I have a wonderful girlfriend, Jess.

(BLCF): Describe your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment?
(T): My biggest “A-ha” moment was learning from Kurt early in my CrossFit career to focus more on good form rather than try to lift a heavy weight, just for the sake of lifting heavy. Also, applying that same thought process to WODs. Scaling the WODs accordingly has helped me to see rapid advancement in my overall fitness as opposed to trying to RX but not coming close to finishing.

(BLCF): What is Big Lick CrossFit’s best attribute?
(T): Hands down, the people. The environment that is created by everyone at Big Lick is really special. Everyone wants to see one another succeed. From day one, I felt like I was a part of a family.

(BLCF): What encouragement or advice would you give to new people coming in?
(T): When I came to Big Lick for the first time, I weighed 365 pounds. I was a former pitcher that had not worked out in over 12 years. In the middle of my first ever WOD (burpees over bar), I was struggling immensely. At that very moment, I thought that I was done. There was no way I could do this and ever get back in shape. While I was thinking that, my partner, Doug Dooley, looked at me and said, “You can do this. It will get better. Just keep coming back.” It was like Doug knew what I was thinking. Those words from him inspired me to keep coming back. I am grateful to Doug because without those words, I don’t think I would be where I am at today.

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