Athlete Spotlight: Dave T. (1/3)
Where are you from/where do you consider home?
I was born in Queens, NY. Grew up in Miami, which is where I consider home. Went to art school in Savannah, GA, spent some time in Baltimore and then almost a decade in Madison, WI, which is where I met my wife Rachael.
What do you do for work?
I own a Creative agency with my partner Gabe. We’re both creative directors and create content, advertising and branding for companies that are making the world a better, smarter or radder place.
Do you have a favorite part about your job?
It’s constantly new. Being a consultant I’m always meeting new people, learning new industries and traveling to new places. I can just be plain fun, coming up with ideas that will help a business succeed by being culturally relevant, sometime those ideas are playful, like making a cat video with Macklemore or sometimes they are simply something powerful we can all rally around like the “Lift Heavy, Love Strong” shirt I designed for FCF.
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
Saturday starts when, Ruby our 2yr old wakes up a little too early, asking for a banana and usually pops into bed with us. If we’re lucky she falls back to sleep and I roll over onto said half eaten banana. Then COFFEE. Then it’s off to the woods for a fam bike ride (it’s the coolest thing ever to teach your kid to ride a bike!), mushroom foraging mission or getting in a Saturday WOD and bopping around the hill until dinner time. Then it’s bath time (for me, rose petals, white wine and candles, every Saturday night.) Heh, it’s a bubble bath for the girls, then drawing or story time.
Sunday starts when, Ruby our 2yr old wakes up a little too early, asking for a banana and usually pops into bed with us. If we’re lucky she falls back to sleep and I roll over onto said half eaten banana. I usually to get a few hours of mental therapy and ride my bike in the woods. Then we’ll have dinner with friends or head out eat.
Tell us about how you got into CrossFit!
I graduated FCF foundations program April 2011, SHOUT OUT TO AMY COTLOW!
CrossFit was not on my radar before walking by FCF 3.0 a bunch of times. It had this rugged grimy look, which reminded me of Apollo’s gym* in LA from Rocky 3, where Apollo gives Rocky the Eye of the Tiger speech:
before Rocky beats Clubber Lang
(who in my opinion is the 2nd best villain in movie history, props to Darth Vader in the #1 spot).
I finally walked down the parking lot hill to find out what that place was all about and 93 til’ infinity was playing and I was sold.
Though in reality it’s a bunch of people body rolling to Beyoncé.
What was your experience in joining our gym?
It’s been an integral part my family’s life since moving to Seattle 6 years ago. Both of my kids have been raised at fcf/slu in 1-2 hour periods, 3-5 times a week. Which I love, because they get to see people of all shapes, sizes, colors from all over the globe working hard to better themselves.