Pat Condon- Marathoner to All Around Athlete

1. Thank you for your time and for accepting to be our “Member Monday.” Before we get into
your story, let’s start with a brief introduction(Age, town, family/kids, occupation, etc.).
My name is Patrick Condon. I am originally from West Roxbury (where my entire family still
resides); lived in Quincy for about two years, and have been in Hingham for one year as of this
month (October). In 2002, I graduated from Catholic Memorial High School. Four years later I
graduated from Boston College; and four years after that I graduated from the Heights again
to receive my Masters in Education. I currently teach 7th grade ELA and 8th grade Writing at
East Middle School in Braintree. In the past, I taught some History classes across all three
grades at my school. After school in the fall, I coach high school varsity cross country- which I
participated in when I was in high school (as well as winter and spring track). Throughout the
year, I serve as Union Veep, which has been surprisingly fun these past three years.
2.What did you do for your health and fitness before you started at RCFBC?
I have run since I was in eighth grade, way back in 1998. I competed in cross country as well as
winter and spring track throughout high school. Since my senior year at CM, I have trained for
and run the Boston Marathon. I was “bandit” my first marathon, jumping over the barricades
in Hopkinton, without a number much to the resentment of those already in the coral. (I am
currently registered for my 16thBoston). I have also completed eight other “non-Boston”
marathons in the past: NYC, Marine Corps, and Chicago. Running was my sole addiction until I
stepped into RCFBC this past January.
3. Can you talk about your first exposure to CrossFit here at Reebok CrossFit Bare Cove and the
emotions that followed?
I first learned of CrossFit from my high school friend and college roommate, JJ. After BC, he
got hooked and at one point was on the part time coaching staff of boxes in Texas and
Virginia. I considered trying it out earlier when in Quincy, but never got around to it. Wanting
to meet new people in my new hometown, I figured January 2016 was the perfect
opportunity to try out the Bare Cove box. It was a snowy Saturday when I first entered as part
of a free Saturday trial promotion for newbies. I was excitedly nervous to try something new;
liked what we did for the hour; and signed up for the on-ramp when I got home.
Looking back, I never would have known I could as many pull-ups nor that I could, in fact,
jump rope. There are no double- unders yet, but for someone who had never touched a jump
rope before, I’m heading in the right direction. Speaking of rope, I shocked myself when I
successfully completed my first rope climb. I don’t want to paint a picture that it’s been an
easy process. Sometimes the frustrating thing is that I overthink things/steps like the clean
and jerk routine. Going to the 5:30am class (my regular time) doesn’t help. Half the time, I’m
just barely awake.
4. What is one way CrossFit has positively impacted your regular/daily life?
I have enjoyed meeting and working alongside all the coaches and my numerous classmates.
Attending classes at varying times from day to day has allowed me to meet a ton of people in
my new town. Sometimes when people talk about community and camaraderie, clichés start
to percolate, but I have to say that most of the time, it is what gets me out of the four at five
o’clock in the morning. I could say it’s the WODs, which are fun—mostly, but that would not
be true. I look forward to CrossFit as much as I remember.
5. What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
It would be easy to say that my favorite thing to do at the box is anything involving running,
but I love the toe-to-bar, chest-to-bar, box jumps, rope climb, and barbell burpees by far. That
foursome would make a good WOD someday. Deadlifting and back-squatting are growing on
me quickly.
6. What are your 3 LEAST favorite exercises?
I like most of the exercises, but I have discovered I can be horrible at following directions. It’s
a bit ironic since my job is based on giving them. Anything with specific steps and that has the
added elements which involve lifting a loaded bar overhead are areas I am working on
improving.
7.What advice would you give to a new member at RCFBC?
Don’t be afraid to step through the door; you’ll thank yourself later. It may be a week, a
month, or year, but it’ll happen.
8.If you could sum up RCFBC in one word, what would it be?
Addicting.
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