When did you start CrossFit and what brought you to ONE Nation for your first class?
I began CrossFit four years ago (August 2012). I took last year off to focus on Olympic Lifting and garage workouts. My renewed interest in CrossFit began with the 2016 Open, followed by a May 2016 CFL1 Seminar at Reebok. My friend Karen Koladzaike, from my barbell club, told me about OneNation and invited me to join her for a couple lunchtime WODs.
What’s a day in your life look like?
I retired on June 30th after 47 years in various computer jobs, most recently as IT Director for the Town of Lincoln. Since I retired I spend 3 days a week at One Nation Waltham, arriving early enough to shadow coaches for the 8:30 class.
I usually rise at 5:30, have a cup of coffee and then prepare breakfast for Suzanne and myself. I leave the house at 7:00 for my hour long commute to Waltham. After the 8:30 class, I drink coffee and catch up on e-mail or writing stories for my blog, or ghost-writing for my wife’s blog. Around 10:00 I may do a workout, or work on my goats (I have a herd of them). Then I’ll do the noontime WOD and leave around 1:30 (yes, I’m spending 5-6 hours at the gym). On my way home, I’ll stop in Littleton for a cup of cold brew coffee. I get home around 3:00 and fire up the grill to cook up meat for dinner. Sometimes I’ll work on the Honey-Do list, but I try to avoid it whenever possible.
Two nights a week include Barbell Club in Acton. Non-gym days include day trips and lunch dates with Suzanne.
If you could design your own workout, what would it feature?
Rowing, Wall Balls and Kettlebells (strange for a guy who hates cardio, eh?)
Favorite and least favorite movements in CrossFit and why?
Favorite: I love all things barbell (except thrusters). – Why? Cuz they’re heavy and fun to move.
Least favorite: Running, Thrusters and Burpees – Why? Cuz they’re cardio and I am not a fan of cardio.
Any pre-workout ritual before the 3-2-1 Go buzzer sounds?
None whatsoever. I just approach the WOD and do it. I perform every workout in the moment, one lift or movement at a time. I seldom look at the clock, I just focus on the work before me.
What are your must have gym bag items?
A towel, a fresh t-shirt, lifters, wrist wraps, knee sleeves, tape, a jump rope, protein bars, Trader Joe’s nuts (it’s approaching winter, so I’ll include my inhaler).
If you were a meat or vegetable, nut or seed, a fruit, a starch or a sugar – what would you be and why?
If I were a meat, I’d be a Ribeye Steak. If I were a vegetable, I would not be green, I’d be a roasted Sweet Potato filled with Kerry Gold Butter and Cinnamon. Why? Because steak and potatoes is who I am, and you are what you eat. If I were a nut, I’d be homemade Almond Butter, eaten with a spoon.
Are you a better singer or dancer? If singer, what’s your favorite karaoke song? If dancer, what’s your go-to move?
I do not sing. If I have to dance, I’d prefer a slow dance, cuz I’m a hopeless romantic. (my wife says I’m simply hopeless)
If you were creating the playlist for a class at ONE Nation, what are your must have songs or artists?
Music does not drive my workouts. Once the timer begins I just do what I have to do and tune out most stuff. When I am working out alone, I’ll just put on an album from start to finish, like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones or ZZ Top. If I made a playlist for a class it would most likely be 80’s rock.
Favorite thing to eat at the Thanksgiving table?
Turkey Thigh, homemade bread stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce. I confess I have a sweet tooth, so I will sample one piece of every pie. It may have been easier to ask me what I won’t eat.
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Build to moderate triple clean & jerk
OPEN WORKOUT 13.4
Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below:
135 pound Clean and jerk, 3 reps
135 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
135 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
135 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
135 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
135 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.
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