Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc.).
I live in Holland, my wife Alice (she is the best) and I have two awesome boys Nicholas (9) and Jakob (6) that keep us running around like lunatics (and we love every second of it).
My favorite book or movie:
I mostly read poker and statistics/probability books (so that I can get better at playing poker). A few all-time favorite movies are Caddyshack, Braveheart, Shawshank Redemption, Crash, Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting, Die Hard, The Count of Monte Cristo
My favorite local restaurant:
Slate Bleu in Doylestown the food is amazing, and the Frozen Grapefruit Martini is the best drink you will ever have. Be prepared to drop a week’s pay (at $14/each) but well-worth starving yourself until the next week’s paycheck
Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:
I am Russian born, my family and I immigrated to the US in 1978.
How I was introduced to CrossFit:.
By my boy Mark Girsh – Matt you owe him a T-shirt
My fitness routine before CrossFit:
From couch to refrigerator back to couch. I did play baseball and basketball in high school but that was 30 years ago, so I pretty much never lifted a weight in my life before I started CrossFit.
My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:
My first thought after the first foundation class with Steve A (I didn’t even get to the workouts yet) “holy shit I’m going to Fing die right now”. When I got home after that class, I asked my wife to help me up the stairs, then I told her I may need to go to the hospital…a week later I joined CFN.
My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:
I made it through an entire year. I am better, stronger and more confident in everything I do.
My favorite WOD is:
No favorites since I don’t even know what most of the “WODs with names” are. All the WODs are brutal (especially on my left knee) but I just love coming to CFN seeing how hard everyone else works which inspires me to work my ass off as well.
My Favorite Lift is:
Bench press is my favorite lift but I’m starting to really like the clean and the snatch
My next goal is:
Pullups are a definite next goal, followed closely by handstands and double unders; improving my clean and snatch fundamentals
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
Confidence. I now have strength and energy to play sports and be active with my kids. I try new things (using my newfound strength) that previously I would never attempt.
What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:
I know everyone says this but it’s so very true…the other athletes and the coaches. Positive attitude and encouragement, everyone is super nice and supportive there is never an ounce of judgement from anyone.
What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:
This is the hardest thing you will ever do; it will challenge you physically and mentally every time. Keep showing up to class as much as you can (even when you don’t want to). Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing or how much weight they can lift. Listen carefully to the coaches and take their advice they are there to help you get better.
I also want to thank all the athletes and coaches for your constant support, for helping me, pushing me, encouraging me and just being awesome people.
Do you have any diet/nutritional advice:
I don’t have specific advice and each person is different when it comes to diet/nutrition. What works for me is I eat at least 5-6 times (meals and snacks) a day. My wife is a fantastic cook, so I eat rather healthy (lots of protein, fruits and vegetables). I don’t eat junk food but will binge on cereal or ice cream from time to time to keep sane.