We’re always so grateful when our members compete and rep Gravitas — and the banners hanging at our gym prove just how amazingly great you all are! This weekend four of our main mens will again be competing at the annual NorCal Masters!
I wanted to find out what makes these gents tick, and they kindly obliged … check out each of their quick Q-and-A’s. Also, post to comments your well wishes and thank them for reppin our sweaty happy place!
Q: What number NorCal Masters comp will this be for you? Second year, still feel like a rookie.
Q: What sets this competition apart from other comps? Everything really. It’s super organized, the facilities are amazing, and there’s no young kids (i.e. under 35) running around, getting on my lawn. I have only been to a few comps. NorCal Masters is very well run, you have to be ready for your heat because it starts on time. There’s tons of space for each competitor to move through each WOD. Oh! They have a coffee stand with all kinds of interesting coffees and a plethora of creamers, some I’ve never heard of. There’s a bunch of fun booths with free stuff like recovery drinks and sunglasses. The trainers are excellent. The venue, a huge glass building looking over the water, was an incredible. Augie and I caught a short movie at the Rosie the Riveter museum next door.
Q: Why are you personally competing in this one? I went last year because so many cool people from Gravitas were going. Also, Claw told me to go and I listen to everything he says. It’s great to compete with our team, cheering each other on, and celebrating each other’s successes. Not sure if others know, but I’m a bit competitive. I love the nerves prior to starting, trying to push myself to keep up with these great athletes, the rush of adrenaline, and the high after.
Q: Any advice for people on the fence about competing? Go. Make sure to join Augie for the Saturday night dinner. You’ll learn the physiological tricks to gorging oneself. It was one of my favorite memories of 2018.
Berkeley “Augie” Johnson
A: 5th or 6th… I have halfsheimers and can’t remember at this age.
A: All masters, appropriate 5 year age groupings.
A: I like clam chowder and competing with my Santa Barbara mate’s.
A: Get off the fence. It is an amazing, incredible weekend with a great DJ.
Jim “Claw” Cordes
A: Five or six, based on my collected t-shirts.
A: Everything really. It’s super organized, the facilities are amazing, and there’s no young kids (i.e. under 35) running around, getting on my lawn.
A: Why are you personally competing in this one? – To test myself against the best in the world.
A: Any advice for people on the fence about competing? – Do it. You don’t have to win to succeed.