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Athlete Spotlight: Dave T. (3/3)

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When & where did you take your last vacation?
We went to Seabrook for the week before Thanksgiving. Easy living and hanging with my gals. This summer I rode mountain bikes in Squamish and Whistler.

Do you have a favorite place to travel to?
Brooklyn, Door County,WI, SF or Miami to see fam or Hawaii for chill and Whistler for the yearly bro trip.

What’s your favorite place to go out for dinner?
We’re regulars at BaBar and love Revel in Fremont. You can usually find me at The Dray in Ballard on Wednesday nights drinking Rainier tallboys.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I asked Ellison and she said “I would like to be able to shoot spikes and lava out of my hands and would also like my eyes to have powers in them to help people get what they want, they would tell me and her my eyes would envision them and it would appear in front of them.”

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As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
I wanted to make art in some way, so that worked out. Though I still have dreams of having a barn studio, no clients and just making whatever feels right.

What are your top three favorite movies?
This is an impossible question, so I’m only giving you one: ROCKY 1 – because anything you need to learn in life can be learned in that movie.

Do you have a power song? What gets you pumped up?
Also impossible, but Raekwon’s “Criminology” is the archetype.

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
Growing up I was the captain of the swim team, I swam the mile and have a black belt in tae kwon do.

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in?
I party in the woods on my mountain bike or snowboard and goof off with my fam.

Quote to live by?
Feels good, let’s go!
Keep it Wack!

Who inspires you?
Wifey. Rae is jadeproof. The world can’t bring her down.

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*Oh and the pic of Bono and I is a pic of a Bono look-a-like and I.

Athlete Spotlight: Dave T. (2/3)

Okay…Bro.

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Since you started CrossFit, have you changed your nutrition? How was it before and what do you do now?
Yes. I basically went from unconscious nutrition to conscious nutrition. I go back and forth between being strict paleo (25 unbroken kipping pull-ups Dave) and not at all strict paleo (5 unbroken kipping pull-ups Dave), but now I’m consciously deciding to do one or the other.

Do you have a favorite exercise movement? Least favorite?
I love heavy-ish hang power cleans in a WOD, American style kettlebell swings and really dig the rhythm of kettlebell snatches. Basically staying in one place and moving heavy things around.

I am not cool with Handstands.

What’s your most recent PR?
I haven’t a proper PR in a while, because I’ve been recovering from some injuries. But my post injury PR’s are happening constantly, latest was an overhead squat at 65kg. Which was huge as my knee is regaining mobility/stability.

Do you check the workout before coming in or do you just show up?
I never used to check, in fact when I started the WOD’s didn’t get posted until after they were done. I liked that, I couldn’t make excuses for skipping something I’m not good at. I started looking after getting hurt last year, so I could use my days in the gym wisely. Also some days, I’ve just got excuses.

If you were to have encouragement or advice for new people trying CrossFit, what would you say?
Trust the process and the programming. Don’t be hard on yourself or compare yourself to your gym mates, just do you. Work hard, be consistent, eat better and you’ll get results. Have fun.

What fitness goals have you set for yourself to achieve in 2016?
2016 was all about getting over injuries. My goal was to not be broken, heal up my knee in order to regain the mobility and strength I lost. Staying motivated has been really difficult so was being smart and stopping a lift when I felt a little wobble in my knee. I’m finally getting back to the point where I can do most movements pain-free, though there are some like the Push Jerk, that I have mental block against.

In 2017, I want to get back to rx box jumps, a routine 100+kg clean and pr a strict press at 95kg.

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Athlete Spotlight: Dave T. (1/3)

Meet “OKAYBRO”

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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.

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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.

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Athlete Spotlight: Cheryl C. (3/3)

When & where did you take your last vacation?

Last vacation-ish was to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It’s a small island off the coast of Cancun. It’s only about 5 miles long and ½ a mile wide. You could stand in the middle and see the water on both sides! And you can’t rent cars on the island; you have to rent a golf cart. It is so much fun speeding around the island in those things!

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Do you have a favorite place to travel to?

Honestly, my parents’ house. When I got there, I feel so relaxed and chill. I feel like nothing could go wrong. And it’s always full of laughter. If you’ve ever met my sisters, you know what I’m talking about.

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What’s your favorite place to go out for dinner?

Fogon cuz it’s quick and tasty! Oh and because they pretty much have our order memorized.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Telekenisis. I’m (possibly) the laziest CrossFitter so after a WOD, I could just put my weights away with my mind! And I”d put yours away too!

As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?

A teacher. I’ve always had a passion for sharing what I know, learning more and helping others. I thought being a teacher would be cool, but then I realized I don’t want to teach kids. Then I got into adult education.

*Sheena’s note: Cheryl was one of our trainers on staff! She was and still is an amazing coach, judge, and cheerleader!

What are your top three favorite movies?

Grease, The Little Mermaid, Starship Troopers

Do you have a power song? What gets you pumped up?

I have so many songs and artists that pump me up, especially when I hear them in the gym. Here are a few:

Q-Tip feat. Violator – Vivrant Thing
Smif N Wessun feat. Mary J. Blige – I Love You (remix)
Rupaul – Sissy That Walk

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?

I was the mascot my junior year in high school and I even went to mascot summer camp. Being in a bear costume in the Fresno, CA heat was the worst.

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in?

Honestly, I don’t have many outside-the-gym activities! Wendy and I do love going to to drag shows. There’s just something about drag queens that we can’t resist! I think we love the transformation and the dedication. Drag queens put more time and effort into their look than anyone else!

Recently, Wendy and I have been spending Monday evenings at 8 Limbs in their Restoratives class. It is, as Michi described, an hour-long almost-nap. It’s so relaxing and soothing… we look forward to it every week now!

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Quote to live by?

Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.) My interpretation of this quote is probably different from how it was meant to be understood. When I hear this, I think about my potential. I interpret this quote to mean, if I think a certain way, I will be that certain way. For example, if I think I am a loving, strong, smart woman, I will be that and take the steps towards that. Same goes for negative thoughts. If I think I am weak, I will probably take steps towards that. It’s a reminder to me to maintain those positive thoughts and to believe in myself.

Who inspires you?

I draw inspiration from everyone I meet. I know that sounds cliche, but I really do. I think that when I meet people for the first time, or if even I’ve known them for a long time, the conversations we have are meaningful and affect me in some way. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a karaoke event at Westlake Park and met Lonnie. He’s an older, black guy who sat down next to me and we just started chatting away. Afterwards, we walked a few blocks and he told me about how he takes writing classes whenever he can and that writing helps him express himself. Just in that 15 minute walk and talk, he inspired me to start journaling and to take classes, even when I’m old old!

Athlete Spotlight: Cheryl C. (2/3)

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Do you have a favorite exercise movement? Least favorite?

My favorite exercise movement has to be cleans and least favorite is thrusters.

What’s your most recent PR?

I just hit a 45kg hang snatch while I was in Liberty Lake, WA. I wasn’t expecting anything to come out of that evening, especially because I didn’t have my lifters and I had done 60+ OHS the day before!

Do you check the workout before coming in or do you just show up?

I check it, but it doesn’t stop me! I like to mentally prepare!

If you were to have encouragement or advice for new people trying CrossFit, what would you say?

You don’t have to “get ready” for CrossFit. A lot of people think they have to be in some type of physical shape before starting. DEFINITELY NOT. Anyone can start any time. Just get in here already.

What fitness goals have you set for yourself to achieve in 2016?

Oh geez, thanks for the reminder! Gotta get on those. I remember writing them down for you guys… I found it! Consecutive DUs – CHECK! Butterfly pull ups – nope. 50kg snatch – working on it! And 70 kg clean & jerk – working on it!

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Athlete Spotlight: Cheryl C. (1/3)

Get to know Cheryl C.

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Where are you from/where do you consider home?

I’m from Vallejo, CA, but since I’ve lived in Seattle for the past 10 years, I guess I consider it home now.

What do you do for work?

I am an instructional designer. Have you ever taken those online classes where you click Next to proceed, and sometimes they have narration or animation? Or have you taken the CrossFit Judge’s Course? I make stuff like that.

Do you have a favorite part about your job?

I’m constantly learning something new. With each project, I have to quickly become an expert on the topic. I’m hardly ever working on anything for too long.

What does a typical weekend look like for you?

Friday night, Barbell @ 7:30
Saturday morning, CrossFit @ 9am, then an americano with a General Porpoise lemon curd donut
Saturday… all day, quality time with the wifey and pup.
Saturday night, hopefully a massage at Meng’s Dream Foot Massage
Sunday morning, CrossFit @ 9am, then coffee with breakfast at Lost Lake
Sunday… grocery shopping, food prep, laundry, housekeeping

Tell us about how you got into CrossFit!

I moved into Trace North in 2008 and in March 2011, I noticed some people running around the block with med balls. I was training for a half-marathon (WHAT?!) at the time and had been practicing yoga for two years. I wanted something new so I walked into the Foundation CrossFit one day after work. And the rest is history.

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What was your experience in joining our gym?

I fell in love immediately! My orientation was with Adam W. and he really got me pumped about moving outside of my comfort zone. I was actually bored with my comfort zone of running and yoga and was ready to go. Oh, and then during my orientation, I saw Sheena do a pull up and was like whoa. I want to do that.

Since you started CrossFit, have you changed your nutrition? How was it before and what do you do now?

My nutrition has changed quite a bit. Before it was eat whatever you want, but count your calories! Now, it’s more about trying to stay away from certain foods (dairy, gluten, sugar) because I’ll pay for it later. I’ve learned that my body responds to these things negatively and it impacts my day-to-day.

Athlete Spotlight: Will A. (3/3)

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When & where did you take your last vacation?
At my house two weeks ago. Last real vacation was forever ago.

Do you have a favorite place to travel to?
Probably Spain.

What’s your favorite place to go out for dinner?
In Seattle, Casual–Uneeda Burger. Splurge–Bateau.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Making paperwork do itself.

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As a kid, what was your ideal dream job?
Soccer player.

What are your top three favorite movies?
Rocky, When We Were Kings, Trainspotting.

Do you have a power song? What gets you pumped up?
Various ill-tempered rap songs. Also stuff from Bad Brains or Henry Rollins.

Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
My wife adopted teenage boys when she was in her mid-20s so, by marriage, I have 31- and 28-year-old sons and a 5-year-old grandson at the age of 40.

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in?
Food, beer, wine, family stuff. I am also a big football and soccer fan. Grew up not far from New York, so I mostly support New York pro sports teams (Giants, Knicks, Mets, Rangers). I support the Seahawks as long as the Giants aren’t involved. Also have Sounders season tickets. I am a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan and am thrilled that we finally have a half-decent football team again. I have also been a fan of Liverpool Football Club for over 20 years.

Quote to live by?
“There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.”–James Baldwin

Who inspires you?
My parents.