It has been almost a decade since Terry discovered CrossFit and in that time he has seen consistent improvements in his fitness and strength. Before CrossFit North Vancouver was born Terry was making the trip to Deep Cove to run Cardio Kickboxing classes at the gym. But it wasn’t until 2011 that he changed gyms and became a part of the CFNV community.
In all honesty I could write another blog post with my comments about Bull, but, I will try to keep this short and sweet. Terry Peters has contributed so much the CFNV and the CFNV Community. From Day to Day Training to Competing at the CrossFit Games. From Coaching to Running Community Events. Most of all from being a friend to becoming a part of my family. Terry gives his heart and soul to everyone. He makes CFNV a better place just by being in the building. Love you Bull!
I will never forget seeing you winning the Final Event at the Games nor will I forget all the things you do for CFNV and our Family.
Just the Facts
Name: Terry Peters
Profession: Retired from career in journalism
Family status: Married with two daughters and one grandson
How long have you been doing CrossFit? 9 years +
When did you start? Summer of 2007
How did you discover CrossFit? I was coaching Cardio Kickboxing classes at Evolution Martial Arts in WV and the owners had started CrossFit training for their own fitness and decided it would be a better fitness program for their gym than the kickboxing. So when they started it there I joined in and it kicked my butt. I realized the time in the regular gym and the kickboxing classes hadn’t given me the conditioning I thought I had.
Do any other members of your family do CrossFit? My daughter, Casey, trains at CrossFit West 10
What were your goals in starting CrossFit? I realized my fitness wasn’t where I wanted it to be and wanted to improve.
Have they changed? Initially I just wanted to get fitter but as time went on I wanted to improve my ability to lift weights and learn the gymnastic movements. Once I started to compete I had a whole new set of goals.
What changes have occurred in your health, fitness and general athletic performance since you started CrossFit? At 63 when most of my peers are more comfortable in the sofa I am still hitting new PRs with my lifting and benchmark workouts. I am stronger than I’ve ever been. It is never too late to start.
How often do you train? 6 days a week.
What time do you normally train at? I move around a bit between the occasional noon class and the 4:30/5:30 classes and then Sat mornings and Sunday afternoon. But never with the 6:00 AM crew who I have much respect for their dedication.
Have you ever gone in a CrossFit Competition? Well yes, I’ve been in a few. I’ve competed as an individual and on teams in a wide variety of local competitions and I’ve competed in the CrossFit Games in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
What type of workout do you enjoy the most? I like the longer workouts as they play to my strength in being able to keep going at a consistent pace.
What type of workout do you least enjoy? Double Unders are still my weak link so anytime they show up I know I’m going to struggle.
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the CrossFit program? I think we have a terrific program with plenty of opportunity to work on all aspects. It is impossible to make a program that addresses everyone’s individual needs and I’d recommend that anyone who feels they need some extra attention arrange for a private lesson.
Do you follow any particular approach to your regular diet? Not really. My wife and I eat very clean, buying organic products and avoiding processed foods, but I still enjoy a glass of wine and a scoop of ice cream, though not at the same time.
What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit? Getting away for a trip on my motorcycle.
What has been your best CrossFit moment? I have been fortunate to experience lots of big moments. Competing at the CrossFit Games has been amazing but the biggest one was in 2015 when I won the final workout of the Games in the stadium. Having my daughter and friends there cheering me on was something I’ll never forget.
What inspires you the most? I’m inspired by life. There are little moments every day that can provide inspiration. How the light creates a shadow against a tree, the joy of a dog running just because it wants to, the work ethic of someone who shows up at the gym consistently, the top athlete who sets the bar ever higher for all of us to strive for.
Who do you look for inspiration from? I look to those young athletes in the gym who are always trying to improve, and by young I mean pretty much everyone else! I love to chase them in a workout.
What sports have you played in the past? Football, soccer, baseball, skiing and many years of martial arts.
What other sports do you currently play? Right now CrossFit is my sport, that and daily hikes with our three dogs.
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? I have a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo and held the record for breaking the most pieces of concrete (10 two inch slabs).
How long have you been coaching CrossFit? Since 2008, first at CrossFit BC then at CFNV since 2011.
What other coaching have you done? I was a Taekwondo instructor and also taught Escrima and Cardio Kickboxing.
What do you enjoy the most about coaching? I love the opportunity of helping someone achieve their fitness goals. Whether it is getting their first pullup or helping them hit a PR on a snatch, I feel I get as much reward as they do in those moments.
Why did you want to coach CrossFit? It is in my personality to migrate towards leadership positions. Once I started training in CrossFit I knew I wanted to coach.
Do you have any pet peeves about coaching? I get frustrated when I see anyone trying to take a short cut towards a new movement without putting in the time to learn the transitions and the breakdown of the individual pieces. Mostly because that is when they are more likely to hurt themselves.
If there were one message you would like to give as a coach, what would it be? Be patient. Train for the long term and allow your body to slowly build up.
How do you balance your time coaching, your own training, your career and your personal life? Well being retired I get to take the career out of that equation! I’ve always viewed health and fitness to be equal to the other parts of my life and have done what was necessary to fit them in. I am lucky in having a family who appreciates those values.
What are your favourite things about CFNV? The people, without a doubt. The wonderful sense of community found in the gym is fantastic.
What are your favourite things about CrossFit? The supportive environment. What other sport is there that will see the biggest cheers go for the person who finished last in a workout? That sense that we all suffer together and all improve together binds us towards a common goal of a fitter tomorrow.
Do you have an inspirational quote or words of motivation? Something my brother once said to me on the eve of a competition has always stuck with me. “It’s not about trying to get rid of the butterflies but rather to get them to fly in formation.”
That and of course the words I have tattooed on my arms. Keep Going, Be Better, and Believe.