Good morning! Hope your Thursday is off to a great start! I’m actually still on Wednesday right now, sitting in the world renowned, Lake Charles Regional Airport – where they play good music while you wait for your prop plane to board (which is good because TSA is only open certain hours here). Everyone is really friendly though. This one TSA man asked me THREE times where my license to carry was. After the third time, he had me convinced that I had a gun in my bag. Turns out he was just talking about muscles (eye roll). Close call. I’m only telling you this pointless story because I haven’t found one person here that looks like they care about exercise at all. Part of me doesn’t blame them though. The food is really good here. There are so many good, soulful, local restaurants here that we had a hard time deciding where to go. I did meet one girl at Waffle House at 11 pm Monday night though that had some Metcons on. We hadn’t had anything to eat in almost 12 hours, and when we landed, Waffle House was the perfect choice – and one of the only places still open. So, I asked girl with Metcons on about CrossFit, and where she works out. Turns out, I couldn’t understand anything of what she said, so I still don’t know what gym she goes to and if it was worth dropping in. But this finalized my excuse to stay away from CrossFit gyms for a few days.

But enough about traveling. Let’s get down to what’s really important. And what’s really important today (and every day) is ROHIT. Rohit Karamchandani to be exact. Today is Rohit’s 19th birthday. So, I figured today was a great day to focus on him – to talk about how much he is loved, to talk about how fitness (CrossFit) has impacted his life) and how mine and Dan’s life (and most likely your’s too) wouldn’t be the same without him. He’s just an all around good dude. 

I first met Rohit at a CrossFit competition 2 years ago, in the booming metropolis of Pickens, SC. He was competing with my friend, Alejandro. I didn’t talk to him much, but later found out that he was only 16 years old at the time, and he said that he was never going to do another competition after he almost died (but not really) in that one. Well, jokes on Ro, because he is doing the Independence Games next month as an individual. 

Ro started coming to CFEC a little over a year ago. If you live in Anderson, and you’re under the age of 22, you most likely know Rohit. But to Rohit, age aint nothin’ but a number, because he’s friends with people way older than him at the gym. Sometimes I wonder if his parents think it’s peculiar that he spends so much time with people way older than him. He sometimes calls me “Mom” and Daniel “Dad,” and I’m cool with that. He came to our house this past fall on numerous Saturdays to watch college football with us – which definitely means he’s a part of our family. His real mom always makes this perfect bean dip, and he would always bring that over. He also watched every Open announcement with us this past year. He loves all things good rap music – like lil UZI (promounced oooozzi) VERT and MIGOS (pronounced MY-GOES).

But moving on to CrossFit…

Rohit just wrapped up his freshman year at Clemson. When he first went off to start college, he didn’t think he would be able to come to CFEC as much because of the longer drive and because of his classes. And let’s be honest? How many college freshmen out there care about going to the gym every day? But he rarely misses a day, and he works hard through every workout, which has made him way better at CrossFit over the past year. Leading up to the Open, he would do all this extra conditioning with Daniel, and I think it paid off for him to put that extra grind work in. Rohit also asks a lot of questions….like aaaaallllllooootttt of questions. About everything. But I’m a big fan of asking questions too, and I’ve seen how that has made him better. 

He said he loves the competitive nature of CrossFit, and it challenges him to get out of his comfort zone – mentally and physically. He said that he loves CrossFit and CFEC because no matter your fitness level, it’s challenging. It never gets easier. He said he’s learning that even if you don’t finish first in a workout or hit a PR, it’s not the end of the world. What matters is getting better every day and having fun. 

But what I love most about Rohit (and this isn’t 100% fitness related, but who cares?) is how nice he is to everyone. He makes CFEC a much better place because he is genuine, and he goes out of his way to be kind to EVERYONE. Sometimes in life, it’s much easier to be a dumb human than a caring human and say potentially hurtful things to someone, or behind someone’s back. We’ve all done it. But I can 100% say that I have never heard Rohit say anything mean about anyone. Also, usually if I’m straightening up on a Saturday after open gym, I can always count on Rohit to be there and to erase the workout board. He’s friends with everyone, which is probably why the majority of Anderson not only knows who he is, but loves him too. 

So, on his day of birth, here’s to being more like Rohit by:

  • working hard in life (for him, the majority of that means school right now, taking those initial steps to one day become a doctor)
  • working hard in the gym
  • asking questions
  • and most importantly, being a good friend that is positive and sees the best in people.

 photo by Josh Wilson Photography

photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

photo by Josh Wilson Photography

 photo by  Josh Wilson Photography

photo by Josh Wilson Photography