Dennis “The Athlete” McLister
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a immature 44 year old, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I went to college in New England and find myself still here 22 years later. My wife, Diane, and I live in Hingham with our 2 sons, Jackson (12) and Andrew (10) and a 2 year old goldendoodle named Cash.
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Not much of a story. I grew up doing every sport available and played football and baseball through my high school years and into college – where I learned the hard way that I (as had my recruiters) had overestimated my talent. The years after college were spent bouncing from gym to gym with no focus or not working out at all. I have some fairly bad arthritis in both hips and both shoulders so I needed to find something to both strengthen and mobilize me. I came to RCFBC a little over 4 months ago wanting to get back into shape after recovering from a hip surgery and having not really exercised in 8-9 months. I was a skeptic and had only seen it on ESPN late night (usually after a few beverages), but I have known Chris and Sharon for years and know a couple of other members who really seem to enjoy it. On Ramp was tough but it all made sense to me so I joined and I love it! Although I don’t consider myself particularly competitive, at least athletically, I like doing workouts where performance is measured. It was a pain filled road, but after 4 months and many “me vs. me competitions” I am stronger and moving better than I have in a long time.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
Honestly, I wasn’t that interested in the community part at first. What strikes me, however, is the undeniable positive energy, which is a direct reflection of the coaches and leadership of RCFBC. I bounce around between the 9, noon and evening classes and notice the same positive energy and collaborative spirit no matter the time or the coach. When I first started, I never felt embarrassed not being able to do something and when I struggled, it wasn’t long before someone – either a coach or a member – tried to help. I guess that is the “community” and I will gladly pay that kindness forward any chance I get.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
None yet. I just keep showing up and trying to get better. Participation in the Open this year wasn’t necessarily anything to be proud of but it was really, really fun and I look forward to the open again next year.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
Specifically, my lack of mobility is holding me back so I will continue to work on that and building lower body strength. My main goal is to stay healthy enough to keep at it – so far, so good.
6. If you could describe RCFBC in one word what would you say?
Humbling! In a good way, though. We all need some of that, don’t we?
We are happy to have Dennis apart of the RCFBC community. Sometimes when members join they don’t want anything to do with the community part of the gym but once they start and realize how powerful the community is, they are hooked. Dennis puts a lot of effort into his performance at the gym and will continue to show improvement.