Hometown: Burlington, NJ
What do you do to pay your bills? Detective Sergeant
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? A good friend growing up had been doing CrossFit in Toms River for about a year. After hearing about CrossFit every time he opened his mouth, I figured it was worth looking into. I went to a free class there and it was a very humbling experience and made me realize how out of shape I had become. I found Hyper CrossFit about a month later and really liked the people and coaches. At first I was very intimidated in the workouts I would see on the board. After several months, I saw significant improvement, thanks to Rex and also the many athletes in the 5:30 AM class. The rest is history.
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? I truly love the CrossFit community. As I said earlier, when I first started it was very humbling and intimidating. The coaching staff is top-notch and they assist in every step of your progression as an athlete. Having all of your fellow athletes and coaches cheer you on throughout the WOD makes each and every workout awesome.
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I do not know if I can pinpoint my biggest accomplishment. I have always been in decent shape, or so I thought. When I first started, there was a lot of stuff I could not do. I seemed to be modifying most workouts. About a month in, a fellow athlete told me to try the pull ups without a band. Adding it up in my head I didn’t think I could accomplish this, but I did and felt awesome after finishing that WOD, which was my first at RX. I have seen significant improvements (or so I think) in many of the movements. I have gotten DU’s pretty steady, and recently hit a 20# PR in back squat.
What are you still working on to achieve? I am still working on each and every movement to gain better form and strength. I have recently started working out before class with Rex and some other athletes. We have been focusing on Olympic movements, which I would like to continue to improve upon. I continue to focus on my mobility, which in turn will help me in the WODs and strengths. My biggest achievement would be able to master, kipping and butterfly to make pull-ups more efficient.
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends down at the beach. I also really enjoy craft style beers, which will be hard to give up during the Whole 30 challenge.
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I can’t really name a specific WOD that is my favorite, because I don’t like any of them when I first complete them. I do like the challenge of longer WODs and enjoy coming in on Sundays with some of the athletes that I now consider close friends, to do the “Deck of Death.” Allison TRIES to convenience me daily that I should do some crazy workout ideas. Some I have done and others (bear crawl mile) I have not. Maybe one day (unsure if or when), Allison.
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I really enjoy HSPU, Deadlifts, DU’s and box jumps. I also enjoy running, which is hard with all the snow and ice (come on, Spring). One of my favorite types of WODs is a Partner WOD. Although, I have earned the nickname from Yolanda, I would not choose to involve the “Snatch” as a movement.
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? I would suggest that they give it a try and do their best to not be intimidated. It took me a while to not look at the board and say, “I can’t do this or I can’t do that.” Push yourself to the best of your abilities, don’t worry if you RX the workout or finish last. Showing up and giving it your best is better than sitting at home on the couch. CrossFit can be modified to anyone’s level, you just have to show up and try. You will get plenty of encouragement from the coaches and your fellow athletes. Make a positive change in your life, you will be thankful (and sore).
Any additional comments you would like to share? There are plenty of other athletes at the box who are deserving of this award. I am humbled and thankful to the coaches for this nomination. I am very appreciative for the guidance from the coaching staff over the last year, and in the future. I am also glad to have met so many wonderful people throughout the various classes at the box. Lastly, I would like to thank for my wife and family who support me in my effort to stay fit. I am sure that 4:30 AM alarm gets old for my wife, but I never hear a complaint about it.