The John Arasim Sr. Award July 2015

Awarded to:

Teddy Bachakes

When/Why did you start CrossFit?

I did my first baseline WOD in Oct. 2013 at Hyperfit in Ann Arbor and I threw up because I’ve never pushed myself that hard. The reason why I began crossfit is because I wanted to do something different. I started out at Planet Fitness for 3 months and needed a challenge. With Crossfit, I got it. My wife was a huge inspiration because she worked out every day at home and I needed to make a change to become healthier.

How has CrossFit changed you? 

Crossfit has changed me for the better as far as the way I look at life and how I think of myself (I used to weigh 270 pounds). I have a lot more self-confidence with my body image and I am able to do anything I want physically because I am stronger and more fit. I’ve changed the way I eat and approach it with an attitude of everything in moderation. It changed me mentally and physically. I’ve learned not to quit. I can keep going and push my body past what my mind thinks is possible. It is a very powerful feeling.

What are your strengths/weaknesses in the gym?

I don’t feel I have any particular physical strengths. There is always something I can prove to be better at. However, I think my mental attitude is my strength. Everyday I just strive to be a better version of myself.
I have tons of weaknesses…double unders, and most gymnastics movements.

What is your favorite WOD?

I love Cleans; power, squat or hang, any WOD for time, and surprisingly, wall balls.

“I’m originally from Grand Blanc, MI. I graduated from Mott Community College in 2008 with my associates degree in applied science focused in Physical Therapy. I currently work in a sub-acute rehab faculty as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Ann Arbor. I recently got married last July on the 19th to my wonderful wife Jenny. We reside in Canton, MI with our dog, Riley. I am very competitive and I love watching and playing sports, especially baseball.”

We could not be more proud of you TEDDY BEAR!! Keep up the good work in your journey for living a healthy lifestyle!! Can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2015! I think you broke the CFLT PR record!! You need your own board!