Spotlight Member Of The Month: Bryant Banks

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Spotlight Member Of The Month: Bryant Banks

Each month, we Coaches and Owners like to highlight one member from the community who we feel upholds our core values:

Healthy: Someone who improves their health & wellness and stays committed by each and every day. #justshowup

Happy:  Someone who promotes a positive and empowering environment for our members and staff.

Community:  We are cultivating a community of people dedicated to improving their health and wellness and a community where everyone feels welcome and has a sense of belonging. So, the person who we highlight must be aligned with helping others in the gym and is not out for themselves.


Over the past few months, Bryant has been consistently coming to the gym daily in order to change his life. One thing that has stood out, is Bryant has never given up; he always pushed to the end of a workout no matter how much it hurts… but he’s not too stubborn to ask for help or listen to coaches when we tell him to scale (especially with his knee).

Great Job Bryant, we are all very proud of you!

SAVE THE DATE: Bryant’s Podcast interview is scheduled for October 7th with a release date of October 11th!

READ MORE ABOUT BRYANT


NAME: Bryant Banks

Age:  48

Hometown:  Chicago

Occupation: Senior Business Systems Consultant

Favorite WOD/Metcon: N/A

Favorite Lift:  Deadlift

Favorite Cheat Meal:  Mexican Food

Athletic Background:  I don’t have an Athletic Background,  I was more of a book worm growing up, and did not really play sport in high or colleges

Hobbies/Interests outside of the gym: Playing Poker, Golf, Cooking

Why did you start?:  I had a list of the typical reasons anyone starts going to the gym, to get in shape, get healthily, etc., but actually the thing that made me truly start was that I saw a photo of myself that  a friend had posted and I did not recognize the person in the photo ( I had gain a lot of weight of the past few years).  I decide that I needed to make a change in my life, eat better, exercise more, etc.  On my 48th birthday dinner, I saw a picture of  my friend doing a back squat and it started a conversation and she told me about Cross fit, and I decided I would give it a try.  That next day I contacted Harbor Park CrossFit and started the following Saturday.  I had joined gyms before and found that I did not like the environment or atmosphere and eventually stop going, but this seemed different and it was truly was, it been 7 months

Why do you keep coming back?:  There are 2 things that keep me coming back:

  1. because I see results from showing up,  over the past 7 months I have seen so many changes in myself, they are gradual things at first, I was feeling more energized, then I noticed myself getting stronger, healthier,  and actually losing weight. 
  2. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming,  One of the first workouts I did,  I was struggling to finish and the entire class was there to support me and cheer me on in such a positive way.  

How long have you been a member of Harbor Park CrossFit?: I have been a member since March 2019

How did you find CrossFit?:  Jason and Farrah Sonnenberg  recommended it

How has CrossFit changed your Life?:  I am eating better, I am more confident in myself ability to workout at the gym, my health has greatly improved,  I have lost some weight, I feel stronger, and I feel better about myself.  I am living a healthier life

What is your biggest achievement so far, and what is your next big goal?:   At first thought I would say that my biggest achievement so far is that I have managed to lose 20 lbs., but when I really think about it, it is actually that I have been doing cross fit for 7 months  4 – 5 days a week.  My next big goal is to lose 20 lbs. by my next birthday.

What is your favorite thing about Harbor Park CrossFit?: The structure of the works and how friendly,  supportive,  and welcoming everyone is

Have any advice for new members?:   it can be a bit overwhelming especially if you are new to working out like myself,   all the exercises and lifting weights can be scary if you are not use it, so  ultize the coaches, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help.   This was my thought process when I started  cross fit, and it has got me thru many of tough workout.    Just keep showing up, do you what you can,  and do not quit on yourself.    You will find that it does get easier.