Name: Nesbitt Ward Hagood IV
Occupation outside of being a crossfit champ:
I’m a Serial Tech Entrepreneur. Sold my last company to Qualcomm and I’m now a consultant to Qualcomm.
Born in 29 Palms CA (marine corp baby) but raised in Metairie, LA – a suburb of New Orleans
That’s a hard one! I love Nate, Diane, Elizabeth, and Nasty Girls. I tend to favor bodyweight centric wods with moderate barbells in the sub 20 minute range.
Hang Squat Clean! Olympic Lifts in general - but for some reason (it certainly isn’t skill) I’ve always loved squat cleans – the idea of not even lifting the bar very high and sneaking under it appeals to me.
Which class do you usually attend?
I teach on Wed AM – Hit the saturday wod sometime and like to hang at the gym messing around on Sundays. With Boxing and Games training my programming has been pretty regimented and so I don;t get as much time as I’d like doing open WODs. Definitely back to that post Games.
How did you find out about crossfit?
Real Story; in 2008 my now ex-wife got into training at Boston Sports Club with this trainer, Ben Bergeron, whom she kept raving about. I was about 35 lbs heavier and a full time couch potato and so very insecure that my wife was training with this Adonis. I felt compelled to check this dude out so I signed up for a Saturday boot camp class he was teaching. I lurked in the back of the class for a month or two. Then started coming to more classes and within 3 months was completely hooked. Ben and I became great friends and I helped him start a crossfit affiliate (Crossfit New England) that went on the win the Affiliate Cup in 2011.
Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
I wrestled in high school and rowed crew in college (all 4 years) but no real training after that (too focussed on my career). I did continue to windsurf for a few years after college before the kids arrived. Then nothing but periodic weight training until I got into Crossfit in 2008.
How has Crossfit changed your life outside of the gym?
Wow hard question – it’s changed everything. I’ve had a rough last 8 years on the personal side and was building a company most of that time -stress was through the roof and taking its toll on my health (mental and physical)..I honestly don’t know if I could have gotten through it all without crossfit. The WODs center you and the community energizes you. It might hurt in the moment but the sense of accomplishment can last for years (for a good pr). Its great when you see what you are really capable of and that sense of confidence in your capabilities that comes from wrestling with the WODS translates right into your personal or professional life in a real way .
What and/or who motivates/inspires you?
I’ll do almost anything for free food.
My favorite quote is from Teddy Roosevelt in this “Citizenship in a Republic” speech
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
These words encompass a fair share of my personal philosophy. I guess the things that inspire me most are those rare moments of personal transcendence- you see them alot in crossfit at all levels - but they are everywhere. Perhaps that’s why i’m attracted to Crossfit. When a person pushes though their perceived limitations to discover something they never knew about themselves or what they could do. I see it alot in Chris Spealer’s performances at the Games, I’ve seen it at Crossfit Cape Ann in the eyes of a lady who had no idea she could hold a plank that long. I love helping people get there adn discover new capabilities. I’ve experienced it myself in a bunch of WODs, once playing pool, and once in the ring - a fair share of my training is trying to get back to that place where the pain melts away and its just you performing. Its hard to get there but it’s a beautiful thing when you can.
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through Crossfit?
Well, success in the upcoming Crossfit Games would be great. It’s been a goal to get back to the Games this year. I went in the 45-49 masters division in 2011, but failed to qualify in 2012. The level of competition has become extremely intense. That left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m glad to be back in to the Games this year but it been rough training for both my upcoming charity Boxing match AND training for the Crossfit Games. Bloody noses, sprained thumbs and bruised ribs put a hold on any serious Crossfit training. I’m hoping to spend some time post bout to concentrate on the Crossfit training. Outside of Crossfit, I’d like to continue learning more skills in the martial arts, be it boxing, Muay Thai or Jiu Jitsu. It’s always been an interest of mine to explore these but I have never gotten around to it adn never felt capable. Now I have the time and fitness.
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
Boxing! …and I’m going to broaden that to MMA post-fight. I’m just got into surfing and I’m looking forward to coming up the curve on that. I had a blast in the warm waters of Costa Rica adn we have to see how that holds up in the icy waters of Cape Ann. I’m also a pretty avid diver and do lots of diving for lobsters around Cape Ann in the summer months.
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
I’d have to say the community here. The group of coaches and people that have assembled here are a blast. There is a great attitude about the work coupled with a great love of fitness even outside the box. It’s a lifestyle I’m attracted to but haven’t quite gotten my head around yet since I’ve been so focussed on Crossfit for Crossfit’s sake. Much to learn.
Any tips for the newbs?
That’s easy. FOCUS ON YOU not everyone around you in a wod and BE PATIENT. I used to remember watching the more accomplished athletes whipping weights around that I couldn’t even comprehend moving (I didn’t go RX on an OHS wod until year 3 of crossfit!). It can be discouraging until you realize its about improving yourself first and about competition (which is a tool for improving yourself) second. Just get in and put your heart into the workouts – the gains will come.