1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 46, born and raised in Massachusetts. I grew up in Bourne (down the cape) and have lived in Hingham for the last 19 years. My wife Lynn and I have 3 awesome kids: Sydney 19, Morgan 17 and Aidan 11. I have spent my career in advertising and currently own a branding + digital agency. In my spare time I love to surf and ski.
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
I have always been an active person. Growing up I played football, lacrosse, and a little basketball. The organized sports ended after college and like most people, I began a regular gym routine. I would always lapse into my old high school/college routines with lifting weights and cardio machines. In the past few years I tried the P90X program which offers a full body workout — a different approach than what I was doing at the gym. After 5 months of that, I was looking for another program to follow. I experimented with 12-week online workouts, but found I was back to doing the same old thing.
I thought about CrossFit for a while, but since I had never experienced a class environment before I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. Also, I didn’t think I could get myself out of bed that early… but I finally pulled the trigger.
I have been doing CrossFit for about 10 months now… and I’m hooked. I feel great and I’ve learned a lot. I’m stronger and have more energy than ever. I am convinced that the class environment is the only way to go, because it pushes you to do things that you wouldn’t do on your own.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
The CrossFit community helps motivate and inspire me to be healthy and fit. There’s something about this group dynamic that makes you push yourself and keep going. The trainers are a big part of this experience. I have great respect for them and appreciate all their support in helping me get stronger, move better, and become a healthier person.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
For me, everything in CrossFit has been a progression. That’s one of the things I like about it. There’s always going to be something to work on. I’m most proud of:
– Kipping pull-ups: It took me a while but they finally clicked.
– Nutrition: The paleo challenge really helped put me on a good path. I’ve dropped some weight and have been able to keep it off.
– My overall fitness: I’m amazed at how good I feel.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
Here’s a few areas that I’d like to work on:
– Getting under the bar faster on olympic movements
– Squats, I’m a little inconsistent with my weight
– T2Bs without swinging back and forth
– Muscle ups… haven’t done one yet, but it’s on my list
– Keeping up with paleo.
6. What is your most favorite thing about RCFBC?
I would say, it’s a combination of the programming and the trainers. The programming is completely different from what I used to do. It’s given me a whole new level of fitness that I was not able to achieve on my own. The knowledge and encouragement of the trainers makes it all happen.