If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s simply a program developed to offer a full body workout that combines cardio, weightlifting, gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected. This high-intensity type of workout is extremely varied and tests the body in ways some find hard to believe.
For some, its a great way to get in shape, but for others, it’s a lifestyle. To perform at a high level in crossfit is to demonstrate a work ethic that few can achieve. To have a fire inside that burns longer than most. To have the ability to show up everyday and work one self to physical and mental exhaustion. When you think about it, a person that performs at a high level in crossfit must demonstrate a level of mental toughness that is hard to match. The Mind.Set.Go. Mentality is alive and well in these particular athletes.
A man dedicated to his Faith, his Family, and Crossfit. A member of Team Mind.Set.Go., and a believer in what Mind.Set.Go. stands for.
Some people just make up their mind to grind and have a vision that is larger than most, and Taylor is one of these people. A friend of Mind.Set.Go’s James Callahan, Taylor is a former Loyola Baseball Player who after baseball, needed to fill a competitive void in his life. In came crossfit.
We felt Talyor’s story is worth sharing, so James Callahan took a trip to Taylor’s Man Cave to ask Taylor some questions to find out a little more about what makes him tick. So please, take the time to learn more about Taylor, what makes him unique, and his journey in the crossfit world….
On May 23 – 25, Taylor is one of 48 athletes that have the honor to compete in the South Central Regional Crossfit Event in San Antonio. The top 3 will advance to compete in the Crossfit Games, which is televised on ESPN. Taylor has been relentlessly working for 3 years now to be one of the 3 athletes to advance to this prestigious event.
When asked What his Why is, Taylor’s answer is simple….
“It’s about the day-to-day competition, whether it’s competing against myself or other people. I’ve always had the drive to compete since I was a little kid. Once baseball was over, the competitive nature took over again, and it’s been on fire ever since.”
–One thing that makes Taylor unique is the fact that he does not work out at a gym, rather him and a few close friends took it upon themselves to turn his garage into what is now called “The Man Cave.”
From day 1, Taylor, his cousin, and a few close friends built everything from scratch. Taylor thrives off the fact that he was born and bred from where he started. It’s a true example that if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.
“When you start something like that, it gives you respect.”
–The same can be said with our very own lives. Somewhere along the line in life, there will be a time when we start something from scratch. It’s one thing to start, but it’s another thing to actually continue with it, and build it up to a point that Taylor has done, both with the Man Cave and his body physically.
When asked what some advantages and disadvantages are in training at his own “Man Cave”….
Taylor points out the fact that it is difficult on days because he has no consistent training partner to push him competitively, but of course, that doesn’t hold him back one bit.
“This makes you have the self-drive and self-motivation,” he says. He goes on to point out the fact there is less distractions as well.
–This Guy’s dedication and focus is truly remarkable. To build something from scratch. To show up and have the self-drive to bust your ass to achieve your highest potential is why we are proud to support Taylor through his efforts. He is the Mind.Set.Go. Mentality and much more.
When asked about his Strengths, Weaknesses, and what separates him from the 48 other athletes going to San Antonio….
“My biggest weakness has to be my strength.”
Being 5’8″, 178 pounds, Taylor is on the smaller end of some of his competitors. He goes on to state, “The biggest thing about crossfit is taking your weaknesses and making them as good as your strengths.”
The fact Taylor is able to realize his weakness and admit to it is something to be learned from.
–This is a question we should all ask our self. So, what’s your weakness? How can you make it a strength?
What separates Taylor from others is His Engine.
“It’s that will to keep going when that guy next to you is going to stop. The mental aspect and work ethic are the two biggest things.”
Taylor relates his will to push on to a quote made by Will Smith.
He goes on to say,
“You can have the best physical tools, but if you don’t have that drive and work ethic, then you are leaving something on the table.”
Next, Taylor was asked what his biggest goal is for this year’s competition.
“Of course, everyone wants to win every event, but being realistic, a micro goal inside of a big goal is to be in the last heat on the last day”, which is the Top 12 competitors out of the 48 that started.
All Taylor wants is that chance to demonstrate his engine, his will to push on longer than the man next to him. He says,
“That’s been my motto the whole training season. Last Heat, Last Day. Last Heat, Last Day.”
–We should all strive to have this kind of mentality. To have the ability to be realistic, yet know that because of your work ethic and dedication to whatever it is you do, you have the confidence that you will achieve your bigger goal in the long run.
Like I stated in the beginning, Taylor is a man of Faith and Family. So of course, we wanted to give him the opportunity to expand on what these two aspects in life mean to him….
Taylor’s relationship with Christ is second to none. He credits his motivation to push beyond his limits to Jesus Christ. If Jesus can go through what He went through for our own good, then he can push through a workout that may seem painful, but compares little to the sacrifice Jesus has made for us. He goes on to say his Faith will always be his #1.
With Christ as the forefront of his motivation, he always credits and thanks the support of his wife (Michelle), his Mom, Dad, and Sister for their constant support of his efforts.
“The biggest burden off my shoulders is to have a wife who lets me spend this much time training (2 & 1/2 – 3 Hours/Day) To have the support of my mom, dad, and sister is also huge. It simply gives you a piece of mind.” He says, “If you aren’t putting in the time, you just won’t get the results you are looking for.”
–Without the support of those closest to him, it would make it rather difficult for Taylor to focus on his goals in crossfit. His ability to keep his Faith and Family in his mind shows the true character that Taylor is able to maintain. He is a true leader and a great example of how important it is to recognize those that support you.
Although Crossfit may seem like an individual competition, it is clear to see that Taylor has a strong Team that backs him up. Mind.Set.Go. is more than proud to be able to support a person like Taylor and have him as a part of the Team as he prepares for the South Central Regional Competition.
With the Regional Competition almost here, we asked Taylor what he learned most from competing in this same competition last year…
Take note of his answer…
“I am going into this year with much less pressure. When it comes down to it, it’s simply just crossfit.
It’s just exercising fast. If you take that too serious, you have your priorities out of wack and missing the whole point of why you are doing it. This is fun.”
–The same can be said with our own life. Sometimes we get caught in certain situations and make them for more than what they are. We forget that life is fun. We forget that life is made up of failures. It’s made up of mistakes. It’s made up of hard times.
But at the end of the day, when we maintain a positive outlook and learn from everything we are faced with, then we are able to walk away with a better understanding that everything happens for a reason.
Believe that God has a plan for each of us, and believe that God will continue to challenge us, but these challenges are only meant to make us grow. Life may be complicated at times, but at the end of the day, we are here to have fun.
Whatever it is you are doing, be sure to have fun with it. Don’t take it from me, take it from a guy like Taylor who has fun working his ass off day in and day out.
Lastly, this article would mean much less if Taylor didn’t leave us with a message. His message is one that can not be denied. It’s simple, yet powerful….
CONSISTENCY BREEDS GROWTH.
About 6 years ago, his aunt told him a saying that resonates in him still today. She told him, “Preparation Proceeds Blessings.”
He goes on to say,
“If you prepare, and you prepare right, if you diligently prepare for something, then the rest will make its way. It’s The simple fact that I grew day in and day out with an almost sickening work ethic.
I am willing to show up everyday and leave my heart and soul on the floor. For the past 2 & 1/2 years, my cousin and I worked on the Man Cave to make it what it is today. We always talk about if we had an empty pool, how much of our sweat over the past two years would fill up that pool. It would be a lot.
Day in and Day out, that consistency is what’s going to breed that growth.”
There is nothing more to be said about that. Be consistent in your actions and you will see growth. Taylor is nothing short of an example of this.
So to sum it all up, whether you know Taylor or this is the first time you have heard of him, you know what he stands for.
He is dedicated, focused, driven, and motivated that his hard work will pave way for his future. He has the Mind of a Man on a Mission, and it’s exciting to see.
Mind.Set.Go. would like to thank Taylor:
For his time and support and wish him the best of luck with his upcoming regional event. Thank you for your Words of Wisdom as you have motivated and inspired myself while writing this. I’m sure many others feel the same after reading this.
Also, huge thanks to James Callahan for the pictures and for taking time to interview Taylor and learn more about what he stands for.
We are behind you 100% brother. We look forward to keeping up with you as you continue to grow and reach your goals. You have the Drive. You have the Heart. You have the Engine. You have the Support. You have Mind.Set.Go.
Keep Rocking that Mindset and Keep Rolling through whatever life throws at you. Keep your thoughts in shape and keep Living Fit. Keep your goals in mind….
Last Heat. Last Day. Last Heat. Last Day.
Think Positive. Consistency Breeds Growth.
Think Positive. Live Positive.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. To follow along with Taylor throughout his competition, click here for the website where his results will be posted on May 23-25.