Challenge. Struggle. Perseverance.

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Bradley Alcock

Challenge. Struggle. Perseverance.

 
 

From an early age, Bradley Alcock never felt supported or encouraged to pursue sports or a passion of his own. He would watch TV and see successful athletes competing at the highest levels and he wanted to be a part of it. “My entire life, since I was a kid, I wanted to be an athlete. It was my dream.” Unfortunately, his difficult childhood made his dream seem to slip away. That is until he discovered Crossfit.

“I remember doing the first workout and I thought this was a challenge and it’s new and different and had a lot of variety.” Bradley explained. “After a week, I had adapted well to it.” So well so, his coach and the owner of the Crossfit Duratus gym in Spokane, Washington approached Bradley and told him that he had the talent to be competitive in the world of Crossfit. His coach even asked Bradley to train with him so that he could make it to the Crossfit Games. “We trained together everyday and it just grew into this drive to want to be better at the gym everyday.”

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After three years of hard training sessions, a strict diet, constant health monitoring, and two rounds of intense competition, Bradley and a team of other members at his gym found out they had taken the last spot to go to the official 2016 Crossfit Games.

“We found out that our team made it by only four points and took the last spot to go to the Games in 2016. It was one of those moments when you make something and there’s this emotional hit and you just break down-” Bradley pauses, getting choked up remembering this feeling, and continued to say, “That was probably one of the few greatest feelings in my life. That’s where it paid off.” To Bradley, he felt like he achieved his dream. His moment had come and he was finally an athlete. “I’ve wanted something for 30 years and to finally find my outlet and know I can do it. That’s when I knew, this is it.”

Bradley continues to train hard 2-3 hours per day, five days a week. “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have Crossfit. I’ve learned perseverance and courage and confidence.” Yet, he knows he couldn’t have done it without the support of the Crossfit community and his family. “The support of everybody is what allows me to do this. I’m going to do this as long as my body will let me but if I have to make a choice, I fear that day.”

 
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