By: Jenessa Connor
Prior to joining CrossFit 718 in April of 2013, Kenny “K-Bar” Restrepo had been dealing with injuries by skipping the gym. A chance encounter with Coach Tambot brought him to the box, but planning, discipline and dedication has kept him in fighting shape ever since.
In addition to being an athlete, a Veteran and a family man, Kenny is an incredible artist and owner of Leathernecks Tattoo right here in South Slope. He’s also generously sponsoring CrossFit 718’s Beat the Street’s Throwdown on July 30th. So if you’re thinking about a new tattoo, keep it in the family and check out his shop!
In the meantime, read our Q&A with Kenny.
How did you learn about CrossFit?
Tammy walked into my shop the same day I made the decision to go to the gym. I was blaming my injuries for not going and became unhealthy.
What kinds of changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit?
Once I started CrossFit, I instantly started noticing changes in my body. I felt healthy again and was full of so much more energy. I was more motivated and got so much stronger. I felt like I was back in the Marine Corps.
How do you make time for working out?
Since my daughter was born, I try to spend as much time as I can with her. But I made a schedule to make sure I don’t miss out on gym time. I like to go consistently four days a week in the morning. I also agree to stay in at night so my wife can go to the gym.
What’s your favorite WOD?
I enjoy anything that includes pull-ups, such as Murph. I also like the fact that Murph is a workout done for a service member on Memorial Day.
What’s a recent achievement or PR that you’re proud of?
I am actually proud of my ability to do anything that my injuries were preventing. I can now squat and do any overhead movements.
What goal are you currently working on?
I’m working on maybe burning a little more fat. But, overall, I just want to maintain my health and strength.
What do you do when you’re not at the box?
I enjoy seeing my daughter grow; every day there is something new. Also, I draw a lot for work and fun. I like to go paintballing and shooting. I also have a huge Lego set and love to build. I’m also a tattoo artist, so that’s kind of fun too.