Getting to Know: George Bourdos
1) Name: George Bourdos (BabyG)
2) Age: 23
3) What do you do when you are not at the box?
I work at VBN Consultants and in my free time I love spending time with friends and family. I’m always keen to try new things, visit new places, meet new people and can never say no to a good party.
4) How did you start CrossFit and how long have you been doing it?
I was introduced to CrossFit by a friend who trains at another affiliate. One Saturday he invited me to do a Saturday WOD at a new Box, CrossFit Brooklyn. I had a blast and everyone was very welcoming but I was nervous about starting. A few months later I finally decided to give it a try, I walked into CrossFit Brooklyn in November 2013 and almost 2 years later have never looked back.
5) What is your biggest achievement since starting CrossFit?
I think the biggest achievement for me since starting CrossFit is the impact it has had on my entire life, not just my fitness. CrossFit has helped me learn more about my self and what my limits are. It has tested me and pushed me far beyond what I thought I could do both physically and mentally.
6) What is your best and worst movement or WOD?
Best: Deadlifts and “Grace”
Worst: Overhead Squats and anything that involves running
7) Most memorable moment at CFB?
In the middle of this year’s CrossFit Games Open during 15.5, I was half way through the workout sitting on the rower thinking; “I can’t do this anymore, I’m going to throw in the towel and quit.” It was at this point Coach Ricky walked up to me, looked me dead in the eyes and shouted; “Come on George get off the rower, you’re not gonna die!” He stood next to me right up until the last rep coaching and encouraging me, he never let me quit.
Ricky, along with every other member that was in the box that day, cheered me on till the very end.
But the most incredible part is that I have witnessed the same encouragement and support from competitors in the middle of competitions who I have never met, from local boxes around SA and even boxes overseas. To me this is what CrossFit is all about!
8) Who inspires you at the box and why?
There are many inspiring people at CFB but someone who stands out for me is my good friend and teammate Christo Le Grange. Aka the Chalk Monster, if you every find yourself in need of some chalk just give Christo a high five and you are guaranteed to be showered in it! But jokes aside, Christo is one of the most dedicated, hard working CrossFitters I know and is always at training. Consistently making an effort to be better and to support who ever is training beside him.
9) Any words of wisdom to your fellow CFBers or newbies?
CrossFit has been a life changing experience for me and CFB has been the biggest part of it! My advice: Trust the system, its been tried and tested. Push yourself day in and day out to be better. Remember to always have fun, make friends and buy into the community because you will soon realise that the training is only part of this incredible community.