How long have you been doing CrossFit? Who or what got you started?
I started CrossFit when we moved to Colorado. It was an excuse to find a new fitness routine. We lived in Boulder before moving to Arvada in 2019, so my first box was CrossFit Sanitas. I joined Alpine in February of this year.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: (Family, career, hobbies, interests)
I work in email marketing (professional spammer). I lived in Connecticut for about 18 years. We moved to Colorado in the fall of 2017. When I joined Alpine, I convinced my wife, Nicole, to join Alpine as well. We have a 6yr old, who we drag to the family class on Saturdays. He's more interested in honing his video game skills than strength training right now. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was teaching pottery at a small studio in Louisville. I worked at LEGO for 6 years, so we're a pretty big LEGO family. We try to get out hiking and biking whenever we can.Fun facts: I was born in Kenya and lived there until moving to Connecticut for college (forever a UConn Huskies fan!). I have a fairly large Starbucks Mug collection. And, my nickname is "Waffle" (if you'd like the story, ask the extrovert in the family (Nicole)).
What is your favorite memory at Alpine CrossFit?
I visited Alpine in September 2019 looking for a new gym. I came in on 9/11 to the 6am class, and it was a hero WOD. Apparently, I missed the memo that no one else was going to be there that morning. I ended up doing the WOD with just the coach Ben. It was a very welcoming class.
What was your workout regimen before joining Alpine?
I was a typical high school athlete, playing basketball and volleyball. After college, I did the typical group fitness classes at a box gym. Right before I left Connecticut, I was doing a lot of running. Lots of 5ks, 10ks, and a few half marathons. At my previous job in Connecticut, I would play basketball at lunch a few days a week. I did a sprint triathlon without training for the swim or bike. I pride myself on the fact that I didn't drown during the swim.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
CrossFit really changed the way I think about nutrition and self care overall. I think what I've learned throughout has just made me much more confident in myself, and has challenged me to push myself harder in workouts than I might have in the past. It's forced me to be more mindful of what I eat throughout the day, although the guilty pleasures are still there.
If you could write a book, what would it be about?
Something about finding success as an Introvert in an Extroverted world.
What category would you be least excited/most excited to see on Jeopardy?
most excited: UCONN Sports history. Least excited: literature
What was your first workout, and what did you think after doing it? *
I don't remember my first CrossFit workout. I started in Feb 2017, so I think it was right around the time of the Open. People in the gym were doing the Open, and I had no idea what they were talking about. In general, I love how I can look at a WOD and think every time it's the hardest thing ever, but then I am able to complete it, and walk away afterwards.
What is your favorite and least favorite WOD?
I don't know if I've done a lot of "benchmark workouts". I think I like Murph, simply bc of the global camaraderie around it, and you can see improvements from year to year. Least favorite WOD would be anything with HSPU or gymnastics work.
What are your favorite and least favorite movements?
Favorite is anything barbell. Squats, Deadlift. I'm coming to really enjoy Cleans and Thursters. Least favorite is anything upside down. There's no need for handstands, hand stand push ups, or handstand walks.
What advice would you give a newbie just getting started at Alpine CrossFit?
Focus on your own successes and stay consistent. Keep at it, and don't give up. Don't be intimidated by those around you. Everyone is on their own journey, and at a different stage in their fitness. Most people started in the same place you are now.