Athlete Profile: Steve Iliakis Hometown: Vancouver Age: 37 When did you first start Crossfit?: December 2011 When did you first start training at CFK?: December 2011 Favorite WOD: Anything with weights Least Favorite Wod: Anything that requires a kip… definitely need to work on this! Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Growing up I played organized sports – everything from Baseball, Football, Rugby, and Hockey. My activity level dwindled dramatically as I got older until recently. I have always played hockey throughout the years, but once a week doesn’t really cut it. I added cycling about 5 years ago and now Crossfit. How did you first get exposed to Crossfit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it? How did it feel? The person who actually got me to join Crossfit was my wife Nora. She was doing her elements and would come home every night looking like she just stepped out of a sauna and about to puke, and yet she still looked like she enjoyed herself. That was enough to peek my interest. I did an intro class with Fynn – 7 UP. Nora came to watch me with the kids and big daddy had to show them how manly I was and gave it everything I had. I can’t remember how many rounds I finished, but what I do remember is lying on the couch in the fetal position for 3 hours after my intro. I was in a state of incoherency and could not move. Signed up for my elements 2 days later. 2 days later because I was still hurting the day after and couldn’t type or lift the phone. What sort of changes have you seen in your body,health and fitness since starting CF? Seriously though – I have lost 40 lbs since joining Crossfit and more importantly I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m a lot more active with my kids. I can actually play 3 periods of hockey and I still have lots in the tank. I can cycle a lot farther and faster, and I even don’t mind running once in a while now.                 What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like Crossfit that were totally unexpected? I was always used to going to a regular gym where you would go in and do your thing and not really talk to anyone. One of the most unexpected things had to be the whole Crossfit experience. Most, if not all the works outs are individual based, but yet it feels like a team sport. Everyone cheers on the last person to finish, and when you are first starting out, it definitely motivates you to push harder. Nora and I have made some great friends and it really does feel like a family. Love the people, the coaches, and the support. Something I didn’t expect when I joined Crossfit. Please share with us any favorite Crossfit moments: There are so many moments it is hard to choose just one. My favorite moments in the box are when I PR a lift or a WOD. Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it. Go light on the weights if you don’t have the technique yet – don’t let your ego get in the way. Once you have the technique, push yourself to go heavier and finish faster. What are your hobbies, interests and or talents outside of CF? Spending time with the family, hanging with friends, getting out on the bike or just being active.