October Athlete Spotlight: Sean Irwin


Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc). 

My family owns a restoration construction company that I’ve been apart of since I was a kid spending my summers learning different trades.  Looking back, some of my better memories as a kid were on job-sites spending time with 3 generations of my family. Hearing my grandfather curse for the first time, and then realizing he cursed more than a sailor but only between the hours of 7am-4pm Monday through Friday was pretty funny.  Then, at the end of each day, he would remind me that was “work talk” and if I wanted to keep working, I couldn’t tell my parents.

Outside of work and the gym, I can be found on a golf course, at sporting events, or (wait for it) at a concert.  I’m a bit of a music junkie and have a serious collection of vinyl records that are continuously playing when I’m home.


My favorite book or movie: 

“What if he shot you in the face?” – Dumb and Dumber.

My favorite local restaurant: 

The farmers market donuts are serious, and let’s just say I’m happy they’re not open 7 days a week.

Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:

I used to coach men’s basketball at Council Rock High School South for a couple years.  Creating relationships and helping forge the lives of my players was the most rewarding experience in my lifetime.  Playing sports as a kid, I realized how my coaches had such an impact on my life, and I wanted to be able to do the same thing for someone else.  I quickly realized that the game I spent thousands of hours playing as a kid, was giving me back more as a coach than I ever expected. I was grateful for the opportunity I had, and it is something that I would like to do again in the future.

 How I was introduced to CrossFit:. 

My buddy told me about CrossFit and I dropped into a class thinking how hard could it be.  I spent the entire class looking around trying to figure out why I am getting lapped and which member was a doctor.

 My fitness routine before CrossFit: 

Playing basketball in 30+ leagues, but I realized I started to become the old guy who only ran 3pt line to 3pt line.

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout: 

1. I clearly went into the wrong gym, and I must have read the sign improperly

2. I don’t think anyone else has a lean diet of Oreos and cereal

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is: 

I guess “my” proudest achievement was getting back into the gym after I tore my Achilles in April and getting into the best shape of my life since doing it.  I know I wouldn’t have had “my” proudest achievement without the constant support and motivation from Matt, Michelle, and Carrie. Giving up would have been easy, and nobody would have thought twice if I stopped going, but they really pushed me and helped scale the workouts so I could do them with one leg or on my bike.

I also want to thank all the members at the gym who also supported me throughout the whole process.  The countless plates, dumbbells, and boxes you guys carried for me is something I can’t thank you all enough for doing.

So “my” greatest achievement is being able to share that with everyone at the gym.

My favorite WOD is: 

I really enjoy them all… when they’re done

My Favorite Lift is: 

I really like running and box jumps (insert crying emoji)

My next goal is: 

I’m really looking forward to jumping again.  After that, maybe finally learning how to do a double under.

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

I feel more comfortable doing new things that I might not have done otherwise.  Maybe it’s doing a 5-mile hike in a walking boot when someone (cough matt cough) said it was an easy 5 miles and a 3-year-old can do it.  Then this same person may or may not have told me at mile 5, that they were not on this portion of the trail and its harder/longer than expected.  5 miles turned into 8 and that was cool.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown: 

I’ve joined gyms before (briefly) and spent more time driving past the gym than going inside.  CFN is more about community and La Familia, which is why I look forward to going to the gym.

What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown: 

Try not to get overwhelmed watching everyone else workout.  Everyone had to start exactly at the same point and nobody (except Toast) is really looking around to see where they’re at in relevance to everyone else.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice? 

I’m probably the last person you want any diet/nutritional advice from in the entire gym.  I just try to avoid the cookie aisle in the food store anymore. “Try” being the keyword.

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