Learn more about CrossFit Vitality from Kyle Bernier, one of its coaches and athletes:
How did you discover CrossFit? I discovered CrossFit at the end of my Junior year of high school. One of my football coaches and 8th grade PE teacher, Erik Laney, had just recently opened a gym. I was reluctant to give it a shot but I did. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about fitness outside of just picking heavy things up, squatting and bench pressing. I remember asking what WOD stood for and pronouncing kettlebell as cattleball. I went through my first work out and instantly fell in love. I honestly just loved the intensity. I also realized I was decently good at it since I was in shape from training for football and track. I just didn't know how to move a barbell or perform gymnastics moves. I just showed up and went hard. Once I learned that it was a sport and you could win things for being in shape, I was hooked. I thought that was the coolest idea ever. I was like, well, all I'm going to do then is make sure I don't quit before whoever I'm going against does. And that was that. Ever since then it was a battle to be able to train. Fortunately I found a way to train at least 5 days a week since then with the end goal in mind of being a competitive athlete in this sport. I attacked the sports I played in college with the mindset of letting them yield me into a better, more well rounded, Crossfit athlete. Gosh, the places I tried to train.. The local rec center on Western Carolinas campus, a fitness connection one summer, a church gym, the weight room for athletes which had no gymnastic capabilities- only barbells, dumbbells, and bumpers. Either way, it worked out. Now I'm finally in a place, as an employee of Steve, where I can train as hard and as often as I choose to. I finally have the equipment I need to do the things I need to. It's exciting.
Pre-class ritual: Pre-class ritual is usually simple. Lots of foam rolling and lots of dynamic warming up. I like to get my hips and shoulders loose before everything I do.
Recovery ritual: Recovery always changes for me. Most of my recovery comes from my sleep and diet. I eat very clean and constantly, making sure to get enough of everything I need, especially carbs. I perform different variations of mobility stretching post workout. I also supplement with protein, aminos, and creatine. I've also gone through phases where I would ice bath in the local creek back on Westerns Campus. We would go hop in the creek for 15-20 minutes after brutal workouts.
Favorite conditioning technique or lift: My favorite conditioning technique is anything. I know that sounds silly... But I just like to breathe heavy when I condition. I don't have a favorite per say. My favorite lift, right now, would have to be the clean & jerk. Mostly because it's my weakest lift. Gotta learn to love the things you hate, right?
How do you use Tape in CrossFit: As far as tape goes, I don't use a lot. If I'm going to be doing lots of barbell cycling I'll usually tape my thumbs up. That's it though.
Favorite music for training and competing: I like anything up-beat. Lots of people don't like my taste because it's a little soft. But I don't really care, I like it. I can usually just put on today's hits and go. I also really enjoy listening to country music as well.