Nickname: Used to get mostly Madsen and Mad-Dog; recently heard from someone at our gym – “Tall One who Runs”
Occupation: Financial Analyst
Hometown: Grew up in Syracuse, NY. Currently live in Ardmore, PA.
Favorite WOD: Fight Gone Bad
Favorite lift: Squat Clean, with Snatch a close second.
How long have you been CrossFitting? 8 months
Which class time do you usually attend? 5:30am
How did you find CrossFit? A couple years ago, my brother started going to a Crossfit gym in Washington DC (Crossfit MPH) and lost a lot of weight / got really fit doing it (while also eating strict Paleo). That inspired me to check out gyms in the area, and low and behold I found CFDV.
What is your athletic background? Played some soccer and basketball growing up, but then really took to rowing in high school. I rowed all 4 years in college on Georgetown’s lightweight crew team (for those who don’t know, “lightweight” meant we couldn’t weigh more than 160lbs the night before races – it sucked!).
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? Crossfit has generally added more fun and excitement into my workouts. I hate when I first hear my alarm go off at 5am, but once I finally wake up and make it to the box, I find it to be one of my favorite parts of the day. I love the variety that Crossfit workouts provide, and I feel myself getting stronger. My girlfriend Katie also joined recently, so it’s been fun flexing our newfound guns in front of the mirror together post-wods.
What made you drink the CrossFit “kool-aid”? It was definitely the people and trainers. Everyone is really supportive, the trainers have been great, and I particularly love the humor and competitiveness that the 5:30 crew brings. I had missed being in that team-like environment, and Crossfit has definitely helped fill the void.
What are your CrossFit goals for this year? 300+ Fight Gone Bad, a muscle-up, sub 8-minute Fran, 50 unbroken double-unders.
What do you do in your free time? Play pick-up basketball; try out new Paleo recipes; read (currently reading Game of Thrones series); Fantasy Football
What is your favorite cheat food? Chocolate chip cookies
Tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about you: I’m a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do – started when I was 5 years old.
Name at least one embarrassing guilty pleasure: I watch a fair amount of embarrassing TV on a regular basis (though I blame Katie for getting me hooked on most of them): The Bachelorette, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Project Runway, Pretty Little Liars.
Any advice for new members? Don’t turn over the orange buckets, and buy a sweet headband.
What is your favorite song or kind of music to WOD to? Techno
What was the most embarrassing or hilarious thing to happen to you at CFDV? In one of my first couple Elements classes, Larry was going over pull-ups with us, and one of the girls in our group was having trouble reaching the pull-up bars. I noticed all these conveniently-placed orange buckets under the bars and could only assume that they were meant for stepping stools. I proceeded to turn one of them over for her and said smiling, “There ya go.” Only then did I realize I had dumped chalk all over the floor – Larry wasn’t pleased.