Athlete of the Month – Clint McGee

Tell Us A Little About Yourself:

Hey, my name is Clint McGee. I grew up just north of town in Conroe, and received my undergrad degree at Texas A&M. I guess I thought 4 years plus one victory lap wasn’t enough school so I got my JD at South Texas College of Law, and currently work as an in-house Landman for an oil and gas company. I don’t technically practice law but am certified, so I can represent you in court, but you might not want to take your chances. I have an amazing and beautiful wife named Lindsey who I’ve been married to for just over 4 years, and we have two cats in the house: Betty, as in Betty White, and Bea, as in Bea Arthur. For any of you younguns those are two of the four Golden Girls. In my spare time I love to travel, play disc golf, watch too many streaming tv shows, and drink craft beer just about any time someone is willing to go to a brewery with me. Apparently, I also like tattoos.


When Did You Start CrossFit and Why Did You Start?

I started Crossfit back in 2012 at AllSport Crossfit, where I actually met Jose and Hernan. I’ve done Crossfit on and off since then, and wasn’t too consistent till more recently. I was all about those punch cards for a while. I decided to start CrossFit because I wanted to see more results, and was bored of the classic meathead workouts. I tried other HIIT style training and boot camps, but nothing really stuck. I had been hearing about Crossfit for a while, so I decided I should give it a try. The combination of high intensity exercise, gymnastic movements, and heavy lifting was appealing to me.


How has CrossFit made an impact on my life outside of the gym?

I would say physically CrossFit has made me a better overall athlete as it pertains to other hobbies and activities, by greatly increasing my functional fitness. Mentally it has helped increase my ability to “push through the pain” so to speak. Even when I struggle during a WOD I don’t ever give up on myself, which is more than I can say for Pre-Crossfit Clint.

What are Your Favorite and Least Favorite WODs/Movements?

As brutal as it can be I like the challenge of “Fight Gone Bad”, and don’t care for too many WOD’s with a lot of overhead barbell movements (with the exception of push press, which is my jam). Specific to movement, the jerk or snatch is always challenging when working through high reps in a WOD, and my OHS mobility leaves something to be desired. I would say my favorite lift would be a power clean, and as I’m sure you can gather from my previous answer, snatch is probably my least favorite.


What Are Some of Your Goals for 2020?

To compete in the 2020 CrossFit Open or another local competition, and be able to attempt each WOD at RX. I would also like to be able to string together 50 DU’s in a row, and become more efficient at MU’s and HSPU’s. Further, increased mobility and improved snatch/jerk form would definitely help get me there.


What is your Proudest CrossFit Moment?

When I competed in the 2018 CrossFit Open. I was able to do some of the workouts RX and others scaled, but it was the first time I had competed in an Open. I was able to challenge myself physically and mentally, and overall it was a great experience.

What are Some of Your Favorite Quotes to Live By?

“Stay Hard!” – David Goggins

“Conquer your inner b*tch!” – Joe Rogan

“Ain’t nothing but a peanut” – Ronnie Coleman (for those heavy lift days)

“Let it be” when I’m anxious about things that are outside of my control.


What is Something People Would be Surprised to Know About You?

I have trained in Krav Maga for the last several years, and went through an advanced multi-year program with the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Houston. Currently I’m working toward becoming a certified instructor as well. Considering I’m a bit of an introvert I’m guessing people would likely be surprised to know another passion of mine is training contact combat designed for the Israeli military.


What is Some Advice You Would Give to CrossFit Newbies?

1) Start slow and work your way up. Trying too much too soon will lead to injury, which I have experienced myself; and

2) You can always do more than you think. Push yourself and break through those mental barriers. You will be stronger for it. Maybe wouldn’t tell newbies both at the same time though.

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