First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I have been living in Apex for the past 12 years (I do not miss those winters at all). The majority of my time outside of CrossFit is spent with my family. My family is made up my beautiful wife Amy, 9 year old son Declan, and 3 year old daughter Charley. We also have an 11 year old dog, Oscar.
Besides my new found obsession that is CrossFit, I enjoy playing and watching sports. Go Red Sox and Patriots! I’ve also participated in adult softball for 15 years. I also share my love of sports with Declan. He plays baseball, soccer, basketball, and most recently CrossFit Kids. My daughter Charley is currently in tap and ballet, but I’m hoping she will find time to partake in a team sport as well. When there is a free minute, I relax by doing yard work, listening to music, and making “to do” lists only to feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross off each item.
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
I was first introduced to the idea of CrossFit by three people: my sister and brother-in-law, who attend a CrossFit box in Massachusetts for several years, and Tom Pecora, who not only goes to CFS, but is also my softball teammate. I decided to give it a go in July of 2016, and I haven’t turned back since.
I was looking for a workout routine that would become a lifestyle change. I needed a routine that wouldn’t bore me after a few months and ultimately caused me to give up. I’ve tried so many different avenues to lose weight and stay in shape: Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, weight loss shakes, workout videos, running, elliptical, gym memberships, etc., but nothing kept my interest or convinced me to make it a consistent element of my routine. That was until CrossFit came into my life. I find that CrossFit is the only workout routine that offers the assistance of great coaches and other members to help keep you motivated. No two days are the same!
What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout?
I remember driving to the box for my first workout and feeling both excited and nervous. I arrived in my typical fashion; 20 minutes early. Everyone introduced themselves, so I felt very welcomed and comfortable. I looked at the whiteboard where the WOD was posted and saw “Bench Press” and “Jackie.” I immediately knew I was in my element, because bench pressing was my favorite! I thought to myself, “This isn’t going to be that bad, just give me a few weeks.” Little did I know that the second part of the workout would absolutely humble me. JACKIE was her name! Oh boy! 1000k row, 50 thrusters, and 30 pull ups. That was an experience I have never and will never forget. It was the toughest 14:12 seconds that I have ever experienced. Yes, I scaled down, but it felt so rewarding to finish. As I was lying in a pile of my own sweat and almost dead, I thought to myself, “What in the heck did I just get myself into?” Little did I know, this would be the first metcon of many more to come.
What are your current and future training goals?
My current goals consist of maintaining a healthier lifestyle by eating better and exercising regularly. I’m going to continue to take it one day at a time. Not every day will be perfect, but baby steps will be the quickest way for me to get back on track. I fear that pushing myself or depriving foods that I love will only set me up for failure. My current goals would be able to do Double Unders and Rope Climbs. As far as specific future goals, I would like to run two 5k races by the end of this year. I do have a couple fun “very distant future” intra-box goals. One is to beat Coach Nick in a metcon and the other is to compete with Coach Jay on his Olympic lifts.
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
If I had to choose my favorite lifts, I would say Bench Press and Dead Lift (sumo included). I can only assume these are my favorite, because I feel the most comfortable with these lifts.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
Front Squats! A close second would be running with any type of added weight (med ball, sand bag or kettle bell).
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
I thought about this question for a while. It’s not a single lift or metcon that I am most proud of achieving, but rather my attendance. My PR that I am most proud of is 77% attendance record at CFS. I am so fortunate to have finally found a workout routine that I haven’t lost interest in doing. Most importantly, I haven’t given up. I struggled for many years to find a workout routine that didn’t eventually feel mundane and ultimately give me reason to abandon my goals. I’ve made countless commitments to myself, but I never realized that this time would be different. Since I began this journey there has been a total of 197 days and I have attended a total of 151 classes. Some say I need to take a rest day, but I’ve already taken 20 years of rest days! (see fun fact #1 how I came up with this PR)
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
This may come as a surprise, but I actually like conditioning more. I may not feel great during and after a long metcon, a row, or a run, but the sense of accomplishment afterwards gives me more satisfaction than lifting or squatting heaving weights.
Do you eat Paleo/Zone?
Can I plead the 5th on this question? I am currently eating Paleo during the Lurong Challenge; however, this way of eating is very new to me. I enjoy carbohydrates too much. I continue to focus on eating more fruits and veggies, smaller more frequent meals, and meal planning for the week.
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
Not certain if I’d call these “fun facts”, but rather “strange, but true”.
I am a very organized person. I have a tendency to over organize everything in my life, from my home and desk to my garage and trash. Yes, I said trash. I have a system for everything and anything.
I am a punctual and disciplined person. From kindergarten to high school graduation, I only missed one day of school. The only day I missed was due to having my wisdom teeth pulled.
I am incredibly afraid of snakes. Just seeing a snake makes me shudder. I don’t know when it all started, but if I see a snake, whether on TV or in person, I get a little freaked out.