Athlete of the MonthJuly

Damion Ham

Career: Electrician & Realtor

Years at CrossFit Kennett Square: 4

As I realized I could fight through these crazy workouts, things started to change. My mind became clearer and I became more resilient.

Hometown: Oxford PA, born and raised.
Age: 39. Wow, that hurt.
When did you first start CrossFit? April 4, 2017.
Favorite WOD: I truly don’t have one. They all suck, but that’s why you’re here. I do like box jumps and running. I feel like these are some of my stronger features.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with the assault bike, or thrusters. These two things are something I cringe everytime I see them in a workout. I don’t hate many things in life, but these two are on my top five.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Well, I played a lot of High school sports like baseball, basketball , and football. Football was my true passion. Something I was pretty good at that I really enjoyed. I played Adult flag football for many years as well.
How did you get exposed to CrossFit? Well, I was playing indoor flag football with the guy we call Big John, (everyone at CrossFit knows him). He wouldn’t stop talking about it and he was trying to get me to give it a shot. He then got one of my best friends Danny Maitland to join, then it was over. I wouldn’t hear the end of it until I gave it a go. I am so thankful everyday that these two pushed me to take that leap. It was something I really needed in my life at that time.
What was your first WOD? It was Hunting Eggs.. a 12 min amrap : 8 cal row/100m med ball run/100m run/ 14 lunges. Needless to say, this was no regular day at planet fitness. I was nervous at first, but Lauren Byrd was right there for my first workout the whole time. Mostly to make sure I wasnt taking too many breaks, but gave a word of encouragement here and there as well. Afterwards, there was such a feeling of accomplishment, and just… I don’t know. Its a feeling I can’t explain, but if you do crossfit, you know what im talking about.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit?  Well, When I first started CrossFit I was not very healthy mentally or physically. I just wasn’t in a great spot, but CrossFit helped a lot with both. As I realized I could fight through these crazy workouts, things started to change. My mind became clearer and I became more resilient. Things didn’t bother me as much. If I was having a bad day, I would just take it out at the box, and it would all go away. It was great! I also started to care about what I was putting in to my body which made me be able to workout more and go a little harder.  Next thing I know I went from 218lbs to 172lbs! I felt great.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced from CrossFit that was totally unexpected? Well, a little over a year ago I got pretty sick, and whatever virus it was attached to my heart. Everything was put on hold. No more sports, no more CrossFit, no more work and to top it off… the whole world shut down due to covid. It was a rough time for me for sure. When everything started opening back up so people could go back to work, the gym, and other fun stuff people enjoy, I was stuck not being able to do any of these things. It was a very hard thing to deal with, but I think that the mentality CrossFit gave me helped. Even though the mental and physical things I had previously conquered had come back. I know I would have been way worse if I wasn’t were I was at before this all took place. I still remember one doctor saying if I wasn’t so fit and healthy at the time, that virus might have won. I looked at him and pointed at my CrossFit shirt I had on, and he gave me a smile. Enough with the sad stuff though. I’m back at it and working hard everyday to get back to where I was. It’s an up-hill climb, but hey, thats what CrossFit is about. I would also like to thank all the coaches for their help with everything. You all are truly great human beings and I appreciate all of you.
What are some of your favorite CrossFit moments? Doing a team workout with my guy Danny or working out with him and Big John at an open gym. They where always good times and pretty funny as well.
What’s your advice for people just getting started? Try to make it the best hour of your day because it will make the other 23 easier. Win the small battles and don’t worry about the big ones. They will come with time. Not everyday has to be a PR day, just show up. I promise you will feel better afterwards.
What other hobbies and interests do you have? I enjoy golf and family time. I really enjoy watching my kids play sports. Its like going back in a time machine and watching yourself. Its pretty cool.