What are your favorite hobbies, talents, skills outside of CrossFit?
I’ve gotten really into cooking in the past year, particularly the science of food. There’s a new wave of chefs writing about cuisine on a molecular level (Thomas Keller, J Kenji Lopez-Alt), and I really like seeing the kitchen as the most indulgent sort of laboratory.
What is something we might not know about you ?
I played classical piano for 12 years. I haven’t really touched it in about five years, though.
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. I only go back about once a year, but the city is really on the rise, despite its reputation. Plus, LeBron is back, and the Browns are first in their division!
What is your occupation?
I’m a software engineer at Epic.
What is your athletic background?
I played soccer through middle school, but got burned out on team sports at the begining of high school. Instead, I got really involved in my high school’s outdoor leadership program. We tought survival skills and basic first-aid, and took three camping trips a year. I really enjoyed the mixture of individual endurance and group cooperation.
In college, I spent all four years on my school’s ultimate frisbee team. Ultimate is a challenging sport to train for due to the combination of stamina and explosive strength required. Learning how to train for ultimate is how I got into Crossfit in the first place.
How long have you been with CrossFit Connex?
I started at Connex in July, 2013.
What is your least favorite WOD?
Randy. Power snatches are my nemesis.
What is your favorite lift?
Squat clean. This lift is all about power and speed, not just raw strength. You can lift way more weight than you should be able to by really focusing on your mechanics.
What is your favorite paleo meal/snack?
Rare strip steak. Butter, salt, pepper, and four minutes in cast iron.
What is your favorite cheat Food(s)?
Chips and salsa. I will eat the entire bag every time.
What is one thing you have done at CFC that you never thought you would do?
Overhead squat more than 100 pounds. My mobility was abysmal when I started at Connex. I could barely do three reps of OHS with a PVC without feeling seriously strained.
Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Connex?
Tell us a little about then VS now in regard to your performances as a CrossFit athlete.
My biggest improvement, but also where I still have the most work to do, is going hard through the finish line of a WOD. I’ve gotten much better at working through discomfort, and keeping pace even as I tire out. The next psychological barrier is being able to increase my effort alongside the discomfort.
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit Connex?
You will see results much faster from changes to diet, hydration, and sleep than you will from practicing movements. Strength, mobility, and mechanics take time. Good habits can start immediately.
2 reps OMEM for 8 minutes (80-85%)
10 hang cleans
25 Wall balls