Todd “The family man” Merritt
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m originally from Hingham. I graduated from Hingham High back in 1995. I have since moved around a little bit over the years; college in Ohio, a year in California, a stint in Scituate, but eventually ended back in Hingham. So yeah I’m a townie. I’m fortunate to have married a wonderful woman (Crissy) and am now the proud father of 3 beautiful children (Amelia, Bella, and Dorian a.k.a. Pookie, Boo, and Mr. Baby respectively) and owner of two great, but stubborn dogs (Piggy and Rascal). My house is filled with drama and laughter on a regular basis. I love them all dearly, but it’s a zoo. Amelia who is 6 is my wild child, Bella who is 3 is my sweet little girl, and Dorian who is almost 2 is my little fighter. Every day is a new adventure. My passions are writing and playing music, gardening, and of course now, CrossFit! I have definitely caught the bug. You know you’ve got it bad when your wife tells you to go to sleep, but you can’t yet because you’re trying to finish a YouTube video of the Burgener Warm-Up with one eye open at midnight.
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Before CrossFit: The last 2 years have been an emotional whirlwind for our whole family with the arrival of my son Dorian on April 7, 2012. He was born 10 weeks premature. He weighed 3lbs 11oz and I could practically hold him in the palm of my hand. We spent every day for just under three months visiting him in the NICU and nursery at South Shore Hospital and Children’s in Boston. This was definitely the biggest challenge I have faced in my life thus far. We have since been on a diagnosis odyssey due to his many developmental delays, but he is making great strides and is becoming stronger every day. That little boy has been my inspiration and my drive to give life everything I’ve got. At this time, on top of everything I had been struggling with high cholesterol, and at 36 years old it was time to make a drastic change. I told my wife that I wish I could find a workout program that was going to be intense and challenging in order to keep my interest. So this past August; for my birthday she gave me the gift of CrossFit, and oh did I ever get my wish. I started On-Ramp as most of us unsuspecting beginners do. I thought I was going to die after the first couple classes. I must have looked very funny to my co-workers as I tried to answer the phones and could barely reach the phone to my ear because my triceps were so tight.
Now: After much encouragement from an incredible group of coaches and people in my class (5:30 am), I feel I have been pushed and cheered on to becoming a lot stronger and healthier and have learned some skills and mental toughness that has proven to me that you can get results through hard work and persistence. When I’m struggling through a tough workout and feel like I can’t do it anymore, I think of my son and how many obstacles he’s had to overcome and how strong he is today, and if he can do that, I surely can finish a workout. I’m working hard at becoming healthier not just for me, but also for my family.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
It has been great to meet so many ambitious people that have uplifting attitudes toward becoming stronger and doing so as a team. Bare Cove has great camaraderie that is rare to find these days. It feels great to walk in there and know that you are going to be rewarded for your efforts by people cheering you on, even if you are struggling at the end of a difficult workout. Trust me, it seems like I have people cheering me on all the time, but that’s great and it feels good to have so much support.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Losing 25 lbs. When I started CrossFit I weighed 190 lbs and I am now down to 165 lbs, which has been my goal weight for the last 5 years. I was also able to run a 5K in 35 mins and I’m a horrible runner. Also, I’m proud of the skills I’ve learned; especially back squats, which I’ve been told I have great form.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
I really want to nail kipping pull ups, double unders, and toes to bar. I want to start increasing the weight I’m lifting. I feel like I scale a little too much some times for fear I won’t finish the workout. I need to start keeping better track of how much I can handle in each skill and increase the weight a little more each time. My form is getting better, but I still have a lot to learn and commit it to muscle memory.
6. Has being apart of RCFBC changed the way you feel about fitness?
Yes, very much. I used to think I was physically strong, but now I see that fitness is way more than just that. It takes motivation, determination, and stamina to get through a CrossFit workout. Bare Cove does a great job at instilling these ideals. The coaches are phenomenal and the people are always supportive. They want you to succeed and get better at all aspects of your life. I may not be there quite yet, but now I feel I’m heading in the right direction.
We never know what life is going to throw at us and Todd’s story is a perfect example of that. Todd has found a balance that works for him and his family. We couldn’t be more proud of Todd for his strive to become the best he can be for his family. I can’t express enough how powerful our community is and how much the little things mean to a person. Great work Todd keep working towards your goals.