January Athlete of the Month

My name is Greg Owens.  I am 53 years old.

I am originally from West Monroe, LA, but moved to Cincy from Houston in 1996 to continue training.

I am a Female Pelvic Surgeon.

My favorite movie is "The Lives of Others".  This film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.

My favorite music is Country

My favorite book is " With the Old Breed:  At Peleliu and Okinawa" by E. B.  Sledge.

My favorite food is for comfort is black eyed peas and cornbread

My Favorite quote is by C.S. Lewis:  "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims maybe the most oppressive.  It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy bodies.  The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

Fitness background was intramural sports in college and Med school.

I am training to strengthen my core to protect against  further injury.  I had back surgery in 2013 then re injured in 2015.

I started around 2011 at the BEAT with my wife as a way to try to stay somewhat in shape.

I have changed both physically and mentally since working out at Cross Fit Cornerstone. I'm in better shape with a stronger core and fewer back issues.  Mentally I am more relaxed as I improve physically and as my kids Winston and Maddie progress in  Cross Fit.

My least favorite movement is Burpees and my favorite movement is overhead squat.

Oddly enough I actually enjoyed "The 12 days of Christmas"

The change in my life from being a part of Cross Fit Cornerstone that was unexpected is I am more relaxed overall.

My goals for next year is to perfect the snatch and try to beat my daughter and wife at Cross Fit.

My favorite moment was telling Seneca he needed to do something about the birds in the gym that were chirping while I was doing single arm ring rows.   After my continued complaints, Seneca investigated and pointed out  the rack the ring was tethered to lacked a cross member and squeaked where it was attached to the floor.

My advice for those just starting is to take it slow but be persistent and consistent and you will succeed.

Little known fact is that I went to high school and hunted with John Godwin of Duck Dynasty.