Name: Luke Roberts
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Fitness Background: I became interested in health and fitness while enlisted in the Navy in 2002. One of my collateral duties while stationed at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA was Command Fitness Enhancement, which allowed me to work with individuals staying physically ready for the Department of Defense’s Physical Readiness Tests. This duty made me eligible for a special Tuition Assistance Program, which I used to complete several nationally accredited personal training certifications. I moved to Katy after my enlistment concluded in November 2009 and began working as a Personal Trainer at Lifetime Fitness, Cinco Ranch. My belief in the CrossFit methodology coupled with the skills I gained in the private sector led me to open my own affilate, CrossFit Elevate, in April 2011.
When did you first try CrossFit? CrossFit began gaining popularity in the military around the time I was deployed to Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras in mid 2007, which is when I first tried it out.
What was your first CrossFit workout? My first WoD was “Tabata Everything,” which is 8 sets of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds rest:
What made CrossFit stick? The variance in functional movements, which kept my training new and challenging during each workout, and learning and perfecting the new disciplines (Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics). The time perfecting form and technique seemed endless, but also intriguing.
Certifications you hold: CrossFit Level 1
What made you take the leap to open CrossFit Elevate? I believe training people with constantly varied functional movements in a dynamic group setting is the best way for a large part of the general population to get a safe, effective, developmental and fun workout. Period.
What’s your favorite part of owning a gym? At the end of each class, in the last 15 minutes or so when all the work is coming to a head, the secondhand energy from our people pushing hard to the end of the workout is so contagious. Hands down it’s the reason why I don’t mind waking up at 4am Monday through Friday.
Favorite WoD: AMANDA with Running, which is 9/7/5 reps of:
- Ring Muscle Up
- Full Snatch (135/95#)
- 400m run after each set
Least favorite WoD: Row 5k
Favorite movement: Back Squat
Least favorite movement/something that’s especially hard for you: My static pressing sucks, so Bench Press and Strict Press
What gets you through tough workouts? I think about readiness. Training in the gym is supposed to support what I should be able to physically accomplish outside of the gym. I try to only think about the rep I’m currently on.
What keeps you motivated? What keeps me motivated is the thought of myself in 10 and 20 years. I want my training and nutrition to be as preventive as possible.
Proudest CrossFit moment: Training with my 10-year-old daughter Emma. We started training together when she was 6. She’s excited about movement in general, and watching her positivity as she interprets new movements or pushes her body to exhaustion makes me super proud!
If you could tell everyone one thing about CrossFit, what would it be? Don’t be sentimental to your own comfort level; practice self-discipline and self-sacrifice, and you’ll be surprised with how capable you are.
Hobbies outside of CrossFit: I have a short attention span and take very little seriously when it comes to myself, but some constants in my life centralize around the water. Whether it’s surfing, fishing, diving or wake boarding, I love the water, salt or fresh.