First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?

I am a native of central New York, but have been living in the area for about 6 years with my wife, Kelly, dog, Bella, and now my two week old daughter, Kara. Prior to two weeks ago, my interests included homebrewing, lacrosse, golf, hiking, and kayaking. Now my life is consumed with changing diapers and baby photography.

How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?

I played lacrosse through college, which kept me active throughout that period of my life. Since graduating, I have tried to stay active, but have struggled with staying motivated and developing a consistent exercise routine. I tried P90X, but got bored with the monotony and only lasted two months (P60X). My wife, Kelly, and I had heard about CrossFit and bought a Groupon to a local box to get in shape before our wedding. We liked it and saw results, but didn’t return after our wedding. We decided to give it another try last August and are glad we did. The community and coaching at CrossFit Surmount are second to none.

What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout?

I believe we were scaling up to the “Karen” WOD (150 wall balls) and we did 80 for time. I remember avoiding stairs at all costs for over a week.

What are your current and future training goals?

My one and only goal is to beat Paul in a WOD. Any WOD. I’m banking on flu season hitting him hard this year and I will be getting my flu shot. But in all seriousness, I would just like to continue to see improvement. The Wodify app is nice to be able to see what you did last time and try to beat it. Figuring out the technique for butterfly pull ups would also be nice.

What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?

I used to prefer bodyweight exercises better, since I was better at them. After improving my form with the Olympic lifts, I now seem to enjoy them more because it is easier to see improvement. If I had to pick one, I would say the snatch is currently my favorite lift. It is the most difficult for me, but it is the lift I have the potential to improve the most. I know, once I get the form down, I will see drastic improvement.

What is your least favorite activity or lift?

Running with any sort of weight is probably my least favorite activity.

What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?

After listening/observing the technique for a strict muscle up from Paul, I was able to do it on my first try.  I surprised myself because I thought there was no way I would be able to do it.

What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?

I like the balance CrossFit provides.  I wouldn’t say I enjoy either more than the other.

Do you eat Paleo/Zone?

I try to eat a balanced diet, but don’t follow any specific diet.

What are 3 fun facts about yourself?

  1. I had the opportunity to play in the Division 3 national championship game for lacrosse in Ravens Stadium in Baltimore. (We lost ☹)
  2. I was due to be born on a leap day (February 29th), but was born a day late.  I could be 8 years old right now and dominating CrossFit Kids.
  3. I am a big time Syracuse fan living in the heart of ACC country.  Paul is secretly a big fan as well; hence all of his orange attire.