January 2021 Member of the Month - Dean Michael Dealy

At work, I find myself being more aware of how I use my legs to lift things rather than throw my back into it
Seth Hendrix
December 31, 2020
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Dean Michael Dealy

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How long have you been doing CrossFit? Who or what got you started?Tell us a little bit about yourself: (Family, career, hobbies, interests)

About 2 months now. The trials of life got me motivated to get out and find a safe space that has a good supportive community, Not being from here I don't have many friends and I was in a very dark place before I joined. My goal is to get my body back in working order as well as have an outlet to clear the mind.

My first conversation with the coach was about how my image of Crossfit was not positive. One sad thing about Santa Cruz and the West Coast for the matter is its image based. When CF first came in it was filled with overzealous dudes with big egos and small minds. Being a competitive cyclist and small frame 170# is big for me, so when you walk into a CF gym all you see are dudes outta Gold's Gym poster staring at you like you're a leper, it's a little intimidating. Alpine is just the opposite, you walk in or join a workout with friendly invites and no judging if you can't perform the RX version and are encouraged to scale at what's safe and doable. No Failure!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: (Family, career, hobbies, interests)

I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. ( I've only surfed 3 times in life ) I'm the youngest of 3 and the only boy. Pretty much the typical little brother always in my sister's biz. Mom and sisters are still in SC, Dad has been gone just over 10 years. Growing up in what then was a small coastal town was the best, If I wasn't at the BMX track racing, summers were filled with Boogie boarding till dark, fishing off the wharf, playing Gray ghost in the cemetery at night, or charging the town on the BMX bike and whatever you were doing stopped when you heard the 5:00 train horn as it was time to go home.

After a few years in corporate America with my big gig as being the Global Event Manager for GoPro, I am now back to a career I started outta school. I work as a Crane Operator or P.C. term " Operating Engineer " I basically sit in a class box and lift things all day. It has its ups and downs ( pun intended ) and it is interesting as it's a new job site daily.


Well, when it is not freezing out with white stuff on the ground I'm usually working on my awesome cycling tan lines via a road ride or lost on the trail in the high country trying to relive my competitive days. Sprinkled in with that is as much time out with Bella as possible. I'm like a flower in the summer trying to take in as much sun as possible and then hibernate like a bear in the winter, but I'm a nice bear!

No judgement, But I have a serious passion for automobiles and motorsports and yes that includes Nascar! Over the years I have restored a few vintage VW bugs having one featured in a magazine, Customized current model vehicles displayed at SEMA, and even had my own Minisprint racing program for a couple of years.

selfie with a cute dog

What is your favorite memory at Alpine CrossFit?

Its self absorbed but stoked to be pushed to 295# DL with more in the tank

What was your workout regimen before joining Alpine?

Um, it was awesome, world class inspired! Just kidding! When I had a coach I'd follow the schedule to a "T" sometimes doubling the workouts if I missed a day. As I moved away from regular competition and focused on a few events a year things became lackluster as I relied on natural talent and my wonderful metabolism. Eat a simple breakfast, do a nice ride with some effort and skill work. After the ride, I'd feed my face full of snacks, sometimes ice cream outta the carton all while sitting on the couch watching the tube as I figured I'll just increase the watts or add a 1/2hr the next ride. Oh and if you're still reading, you are correct. I never mentioned pre/post-ride stretching but don't worry I am paying for that now!

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

I have noticed a change in my sleep pattern along with just making sure I make the right choices for my health. At work, I find myself being more aware of how I use my legs to lift things rather than throw my back into it. It's also given me a sense of discipline, if I signed up for a class I better show up as someone giving their time to teach that class.

If you could write a book, what would it be about?

Oh for sure, the shenanigans of GoPro. Best seller of all time

What category would you be least excited/most excited to see on Jeopardy?

Dude! i'll take Cali dialect for $1000 please. / Crossfit acronyms for a $100

What was your first workout, and what did you think after doing it?

It was the interval reality. I learned I hate the AB and Rower, but it's a love hate :-)

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD?

I'm still learning the moves to most things overhead so those workouts are tough and usually scaled.

What are your favorite and least favorite movements?

I'm digging back squats now that I'm learning proper technique as well as deadlifts because I surprise myself on how much I can lift. Reverse lunges have my number tossed in overhead anything with them and they get the back account.

What advice would you give a newbie just getting started at Alpine CrossFit?

What I told my neighbor when she asked. There is a sense of camaraderie when you walk in the door. Everyone greets you with a smile or even just eye contact which takes the feeling of insecurity away. And I mean they allow dogs, how can the place be full of egos with dogs around? I told her to check it out if she wants and don't feel intimidated one bit as everyones there to help you.

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