I’ve been referred to by my last name, particularly by coaches and teammates, for as long as I can remember. I’ve even gotten variations like Farness and Farnez with different emphasis. I also have a less popular nickname that a handful of people in the gym prefer… Drew will happily share it with anyone who asks…
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
- CrossFit Masters Trainer
- Unnecessary Flexing 96%
- Covering Workout Clothes with Chalk 75%
- Staying Upright on a Mountain Bike 30%
- Shaving Regularly 18%
2 years at Harding University, Searcy, AR
3 years at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
My athletic career began at a very young age, and my parents did a good job letting me try any sports I wanted and stick with whichever I wanted. Basketball and baseball were my favorites, and I played soccer until high school when I transitioned to football. I loved basketball, but during tryouts my freshman year of high school I quickly realized my “six foot” frame and sub par dribbling weren’t cut out for competitive hoops. Baseball and football became the primary focuses with a year of swim team for fun. I also made the jump to college baseball and realized after a year that it wasn’t enough of a passion to dedicate the necessary time.
My sophomore year of college is when my CrossFit journey began. At this time I was still in Arkansas and with the extra time freed up by not playing baseball, I was all in. Since this time, my training has shifted and evolved a number of times. My dad and I have done some races together for the last few summers including two Sprint Triathlons and two Sprint Spartan Races.
I also spent about eight months training specifically for a powerlifting competition. For those who are curious, I totaled #1,080 (375 squat, 253 bench, and 452 deadlift) at a bodyweight of 191. Strict regulations required a singlet to be worn, and for obvious reasons I was called out for having the brightest.
My training now is primarily focused on improving my general fitness level and my specific sports preferences which are currently mountain biking and rock climbing. Living in Oregon, the opportunities to participate in these sports are largely limited by weather and time of year, but I love seeing my efforts in the gym have direct carryover to the activities I enjoy.
When I’m not in the gym, I enjoy seeking out new places to be outside, to spend time with my wife Makenzie and our friends, and to eat great food. I really like living in Oregon because of all of the great things to experience and places to visit. My favorite restaurants in town are Sky High, Laughing Planet, and Eats n Treats. I attend Valley Springs Church and have made a bunch of my closest friends there.
Rapid Fire Questions:
The Harry Potter series. My favorite when I was 12 and my favorite today.
Zoolander. Don’t ask if I’ve seen the second one.
Egg scramble. Whatever vegetables look good at the farmers’ market, bacon or sausage or both, avocado, eggs, and hot sauce.
Favorite Cheat Meal
Cereal. Cocoa Pebbles, Frosted Flakes, Captain Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The list goes on. Self-proclaimed “cereal killer.”
Deadlifts. It feels great to lift as much weight as I can off the floor, and I really feel like when I train it frequently my strength for other movements increases as a side effect. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
Least Favorite Exercise/Movement
Squats. On the contrary I think it feels brutal to hold heavy weight on my back or shoulders, and I’m pretty sure I feel equally sore after a heavy day no matter how frequently I train them.
Something Others Might be Surprised to Learn About You
I can play some piano. Enough chords to play worship at church on Sunday mornings but little beyond that.
Famous Last Words:
“You can thank Drew for the seal walks and sliding planks in today’s WOD.”