Mark Bologna – “Lawman”
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a 34 Y/O Male. Born and raised in Hingham. I spent 10 years in Maine where I joined the Marines and served for 6 years, deploying to Iraq (Fallujah) in 2003. I have an older brother who is my inspiration for competing in Triathlons and a younger sister. My parents have a house in Cape Cod. My hobbies (outside of CrossFit) are golfing, cooking any type of food on a grill, watching MMA or any type of combat sport on TV and training for triathlons.
I currently work for the Hingham Police Department, and have loved every day that I have come to work since being sworn in February of 2013. Prior to H.P.D I worked jobs in security. I attend Massasoit Community College where I am working on completing my last semester of classes for my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
After graduation from the police academy in February of 2013, I was in good shape and returned to the “gym life” to continue working out. I have always loved the gym, the feeling of ‘the pump’ as Arnold Schwarzenegger describes in the movie Pumping Iron. I have worked since High school. I can’t go without some type of physical activity for more than a week, or my body feels sluggish. In the police academy, the majority of weightlifting exercises we did were CrossFit style workouts, we even competed in the Filthy Fifty and Fight Gone Bad twice (we kept score to see how we improved from the start of the PT program to the end). I guess this was my first introduction to CrossFit. The problem I ran into (no pun intended) when I started working out again I always felt frustrated after each workout, I was using a personal trainer whom I knew and asked her what she thought of CrossFit. Her answer was the A-typical one given; don’t do it because you’re going to get hurt. When she left the gym I decided to “pull the trigger” and go join CrossFit. When I walked in the “BOX” for the first time it was different, no massive rows of treadmills or weighted machines just a huge open area with some bars and a huge black thing that looked like you could do pull ups on it. After a few On-ramp classes I started my Journey with the 9am’ers. I consider myself a 9am’er, we are a different breed and I think that’s why I enjoy it so much. After a year, I can reflect back to those first few weeks and months and it’s almost like I just joined yesterday. Never once have I left a WOD feeling unmotivated and that’s a huge driving force that keeps me coming back each day.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
Being a part of the Reebok CrossFit Bare Cove (RCFBC) community means having pride of belonging and a sense of brotherhood.
Pride of belonging was something I was first introduced to when I enlisted in the Marines, I see it as a law enforcement officer and within the RCFBC family and CrossFit as a whole. The brotherhood side of RCFBC is seen each day when you step into the box. It doesn’t matter who you are or how long you have been a member each person pushes everyone else each day to perform at the top of his/her game. We high five, hug, fist-bump or even slap each other in the ass (Mike Lejeune) after each WOD. We share personal stories and look forward to seeing our “friends” at each WOD. Why does this matter? It matters because this is what defines us as CrossFitters and it’s why I look forward to each day’s WOD and seeing who I get to work out with. No matter how my nightshift has gone, or how I am feeling, the RCFBC community always manages to uplift my spirits and make me proud to “rep this box”, which is something that is not easy to do.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I think the accomplishment I am most proud of is my personal drive to show up each day and push myself harder than I did yesterday.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
My challenges and goals for 2014 and beyond. 1st is to re-evaluate my performance each month. To look at how I succeeded in the movement and carry that forward, but to look at where I failed and make the proper corrections to succeed in that movement for the next month. 2nd is to work on my mental game. 3rd is to compete in a BOX sponsored challenge.
6. How has CrossFit impacted my daily life and work?
If I can find a YouTube video or channel about CrossFit, I am watching it. Going to the Regionals was a great opportunity to witness what it takes to be a competitor at that level. For work, I really do need CrossFit. It’s hard to imagine what sitting in a car for 6-7 hours wearing a vest and a duty belt does to your lower back and hips. Before CrossFit I always had lower back and shoulder problems, since I have used the services of Cindy Doody and Chris Olivieri my back, shoulders and hips feel like they did when I was 20, now if only I could feel that way life would be prefect.
Mark is a very dedicated member who shows up with a smile to the 9am everyday, even after a long night shift. He goes hard in the paint and always pushes the rest of us Bare covers’! It’s an honor to have him as a member at RCFBC and we are grateful for his time serving our country and being a man of the law. CrossFit will keep him in shape and at his best to protect and serve!