Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).
I’m a biomechanical engineer for ARCCA, the accident reconstruction company out of Penns Park. I recently moved down to Doylestown from the Lehigh Valley, and my parents still live up there. I have an older sister, and I try to be a role model for my niece and nephew as much as possible. I try to spend most of my free time outside. I’ve been snowboarding since elementary school, and I try to get out mountain biking a couple times a week.
My favorite book or movie:
I should probably read more, but The Fear Project by Jaimal Yogis is one that sticks out in my head. I read it as a lost college sophomore who was on the edge of changing majors, and it taught me how to roll with the fears that pop up throughout life.
As for movies, I can watch Forrest Gump over and over again.
My favorite local restaurant:
Pag’s Pub in Doylestown has the best pizza hands down. You have to ask for the hot chili oil though to get the full experience.
Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:
There’s probably quite a few things since I’m fairly new to CFN, so here’s two. I brew my own beer, or should I say I attempt to brew my own beer. I’ve been brewing since my senior year of college, and each batch has been a learning experience. I’m also a running shoe tester for Runner’s World. I’m a pretty terrible runner, but I enjoy nerding out on running shoes every few months. Bonus points to whoever can find the issue of Runner’s World that I’m featured in.
How I was introduced to CrossFit:
CrossFit was always something I knew about, but never really looked into a whole lot. When I took my current job, I reached out to a friend from the area for gym recommendations and CrossFit Newtown was one of them. So shout out to Finna for helping me find you guys!
My fitness routine before CrossFit:
I played every sport imaginable as a kid, and ended up sticking with lacrosse. I started lifting with a strength & conditioning coach thinking that lacrosse would surely get me through college, but it didn’t. College included getting disqualified from the crew team after hitting all of the benchmarks, walking onto the track team with no running experience, and eventually finding the ultimate frisbee team. Ultimate allowed/required me to pick up lifting again, and eventually I had the chance as a captain to expose my teammates to lifting. After college I was pretty lost. I was lifting in my parents’ basement, and running with the club at my former job.
My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:
I was hooked! I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about it other than being really excited to come back for another class.
My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:
My proudest moment was getting my first pull-up! I had been working at getting a strict pullup for 4 years before starting crossfit. Six months in, and I finally got a single pull-up! Now to just string multiple together…
My favorite WOD is:
I honestly liked 17.5. I get excited about pretty much any wod with dumbbell snatches though.
My Favorite Lift is:
Clean and Jerk!
My next goal is:
I really want to get my basic gymnastics movements dialed in. I struggle a lot when it comes to most of these movements.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
My confidence has skyrocketed in all sorts of ways. I’ve learned how to take criticisms/critiques and actually do something productive with them. One of the first things I noticed was that I was a lot more confident on my bike when out riding new trails or with new people. I’ve also found I second guess myself a lot less in every aspect of life.
What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:
I love how all of the coaches at CrossFit Newtown are really supportive and knowledgeable. They answer every question I have no matter if it’s super simple or super nerdy. The whole CFN community is awesome, and I’m really happy I found you guys!
What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:
Be prepared to work hard, be humbled, and most importantly have fun. Be coachable, and don’t get discouraged because a skill is taking longer to learn than you thought. The coaches will help you and answer your questions along the way. Before you know it, that skill you struggled with will be one of your favorite movements.
Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?
My two biggest tips that apply to everyone are:
1) Don’t be so hard on yourself. One meal isn’t going to kill a whole diet, and you have to try different things until you find what works for you. I’ve personally had the most success with “if it fits your macros” style dieting since it allows me to be super flexible.
2) Be kind to your kidneys. I went through testing to be a kidney donor last year, and it made me super aware of my water intake. Make sure your hydration and electrolytes are in check because your kidneys play a pretty big role in recovery.