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Athlete Brad Hatfield

Crossfitter Brad Hatfield

 This week I was given the opportunity to sit down and talk with the collegiate athlete, Brad Hatfield, who just finished his senior year at the University of Sioux Falls. Brad is in the process of preparing for combines with the dream of playing professional football. There are a couple of things that are very intriguing about this young man; first and foremost is his strong faith, the second being his passion for the sport and his fitness.

Brad went to high school at Manteca High School and, as a Manteca Buffalo, he was a Valley Oak All-League Kicker and San Joaquin All-Region kicker. He converted 52 of 53 PAT's (Points After Touchdowns) and had a field goal of over 45 yards. He recorded 38 touch backs his senior year and also started as wide-out and cornerback. On top of this, He has been successful in kicking on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons and who knows we might be seeing him take on Sundays and Monday nights as well.

After that, he went on to play two seasons of junior college football at San Joaquin Delta College where he earned the title of NorCal Allstate and recieved All-Conference honors. Brad told me that after high school he began training "traditional style" which he explained was going to the gym and doing basic lifting all the time.  He stated that he was getting stronger but was losing flexibility, something that is especially needed on the football field. 

About three years ago he was introduced to Crossfit by Trainer Vince Carter. Vince is one of the owners and trainers at CrossFit 209 in Stockton, California. (See our article on Vince and 209 here VINCE CARTER REVIEW )

Brad trained with Vince a short time while he was an athlete at San Joaquin Delta College. It definitely gave Brad a taste of CrossFit and sparked his interest. Brad then ran into his buddy's Booie and Jarred Daniels who had already become big Crossfitters by the time he came home from school.

Brad said it wasn't only Booie and Jarred that have had a major impact on his life, but that their parents, Rodney and Teresa Daniels, played a vital role as well. He advised that Rodney and Teresa have been like second parents to him and have had a major impact on his physical training as well as on his bond with Christ.

I asked Brad what he thought the difference between traditional weight room training and CrossFit training was and his answer was very simple. While he was on the traditional route he was getting strong but he was noticing that it was affecting his flexibility, while CrossFit brought functional strength to the table.

Brad was very adamant about the fact that CrossFit has truly changed his mindset about fitness and believes that it has truly prepared him to play at the next level. He told me that whether or not he ever does play at the next level, CrossFit will be an active part of his life in the future.

Since he's been home from Christmas break he has been working out with Booie and Jarred at Alpha and Omega CrossFit. We here at WODville very much look forward to visiting Alpha and Omega and doing a review of their Box in the near future.
Brad is an awesome kid and we hope that he fulfills his dream of playing at the next level, but whatever this young man sets his mind to he will be successful. He has his priorities in line with his faith in God and has goals and aspirations to be successful in whatever he sets his mind to.

For those critics out there who think that our sport is simply a fad, here's another great testimony of an athlete that strongly attributes his success to the CrossFit gym and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank you, Brad, for the time that you provided WODville.