December member of the month: Lars Samoska!
Thank you for your time and for accepting to be our “Member Of the Month.” Before we get into your story, let’s start with a brief introduction… (Age, town, family/kids, occupation, etc.)
I’m originally from CT, went to college and got married in Boston, bounced around and lived in NYC and Florida each for a bit, and have now lived in Hingham for the last 8 years with my wife and 2 daughters (11 & 5). I work in Boston for a small hedge fund.
When and how did you get started with us?
I started in Jan 2015. Growing up I was very active with soccer and basketball, but towards the end of high school and into college I started dislocating my shoulders frequently. Surgeries didn’t help the issue, so I resigned myself primarily to running– which eventually started taking a toll on my back and knees. A little peer pressure got me to check out RCFBC; I was apprehensive at first about how my shoulders would respond, but slowly have become more comfortable. I still take it easy with my shoulders, but am psyched with the progress I’ve seen in their strength and mobility.
I can’t say that I look forward to anything, but I find that rowing and wall balls aren’t too terrible.
Least favorite workout?
OHS and f-ing double unders.
What’s the best part about working out with your class?
I’m typically with the 5:30am crew which is a great group of people; although we all start off barely awake and quiet we eventually wake up and help each other push through the finish. It’s great to finish (or attempt to finish) a workout and have a positive accomplishment first thing in the day. Huge shout out to the coaches who help us get loose and whip up some early morning energy.
What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
A selfie that my daughters took and then made my wallpaper one day when they had my phone. It’s probably 2 years old now but I still love it every time.
What’s your favorite “cheat” meal?
This changes often. Right now I’d have to go with the buffalo chicken calzone from Crow Pt Pizza. I’m a simple man.
What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
Episode recap for Narcos. I’m old and fall asleep at the end sometimes with all the subtitles.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
I’m not a big animal guy- I’ll go with one of those lizards that hangs out in the Caribbean and looks cool, seems like a nice life…
What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life?
It’s improved my mental toughness. Whether it’s looking at a posted workout that just seems ridiculous, or finding myself mid-workout convinced there’s no way I’m going to get through it– I try and remind myself to breathe, find a pace, hit the next rep, and just keep going. I try to apply this in the “real world” when I find myself having doubts on a task or something stressful starts creeping up on me.
What advice would you give to a new member at RCFBC?
Scaling is not a bad thing. The coaches will let you know what your stimulus for a workout should be; ask questions, pay attention and if they say go light – go light!
If you could sum up RCFBC in one word, what would it be?