September 2015 Student of the Month

Greg Hilburn

greg-hilburn Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 38-year-old husband and father of two (Lendon 4 and Ryan 2). I live and work here in San Antonio as the Chief Operating Officer for commercial builder - Marksmen General Contractors. I am also a cabinet builder that builds small residential projects for friends and family (small kitchens, bathrooms, built-ins).
What brought you to the yoga practice and or cross fit training?
My wife Pat Hilburn (a yogi and soon to be converted cross fit enthusiast – yeah right - lol) has taken me to numerous yoga classes over her 10-year practice. She would drag me to yoga through both pregnancies with our children!! (WOW!!– She’s tough) Having grown up in athletics from a young age, I missed the competitive nature and “offseason” training from my high school / college days. Cross fit was an instant fit for me. I find myself drawn to the people, proper training and the chance to push myself both physically and mentally to achieve my aging goals.
How often do you take class?
Between 3 and 4 times per week (5:30 AM)
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
Way out of shape – if you want to call that a physical issue.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
General physical fitness – this allows me to run around with my kids, throw them around and play without effort as rough and tough as they want to play.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
I sleep like a log, eat like a horse, and have the physical confidence to participate in other sports / competitions without long training regimens other than cross fit each morning (i.e.: triathlon, 5k, 10k, etc.). The participation, discipline and coaching has made me an active individual again. I find myself to be a much more positive person since my start. I use my training as a way to offset work stress.
What is your favorite part of the yoga and or cross fit?
I like pull-ups, double unders, as well as learning how to control my breath during a strenuous WOD. The 20-pound wall ball shot is my “mortal enemy”.