This months Athlete Spotlight is Joe A. Read all about him below and then come in today for a Joe inspired workout, its a good one you don’t want to miss it!
What made you choose CrossFit True?
I had gym fatigue and I was looking for something different for inspiration, something that would really get me going again. True Athletics had just opened and I was interested in exploring whether Crossfit might be the answer.
How long have you been training with us?
Almost as long as you have been open — more than five years.
What do you do for the short time of the day that you aren’t with us (i.e. a job)?
I am in an in house lawyer for a privately owned Connecticut company that operates real estate, construction and franchise-based businesses.
How is your nutrition? Do you eat a certain way? If so when did you make the switch?
I don’t follow a very strict diet of any type, but since I’ve been working out at True Athletics, I do try to shop for good foods and snacks so that what’s available in the house is never too awful. That way, when I go off the rails, it’s not a total catastrophe. Unless there’s potato chips around. Then it’s off the rails and in a ditch.
What are your 3 favorite movements/exercises?
Push ups, kettle bell swings and push presses. Mo came up with the idea of using a ten pound glass to drink beer for arm strength. That could become a favorite.
How about a favorit WOD?
Anything long and sweaty that keeps you moving. Cindy is grueling, but that’s along the lines of what I’m talking about.
What is your favorite workout song?
That’s a tough one. “I Don’t Want to Stop” by Ozzy Osbourne has a good, driving beat that keeps you going. There’s a song by Brendan James called “Nothing for Granted” that I like for its message. And I still like “Pump It Up,” by Elvis Costello and “Death or Glory” by The Clash, a couple of classics from the ’80s.
What is your favorite type of workout? (AMRAP, Chipper, Ladder, Rounds for time?)
Chipper. I can’t believe I wrote that.
Have you changed at all physically or mentally since starting to train with us?
My overall fitness is so much better than when I started. I really feel like if could challenge myself from 10 years ago to a Crossfit workout, I would kick my own ass. That’s a great image. Pushing through really hard workouts also has helped me to think about how to meet and deal with challenges in the gym and out of it.
What are your current goals?
To stay healthy, work hard and make as few concessions to time as I can.
What is your favorite color?
Really bright, bold orange.
What can you do now that you weren’t able to do before training at CrossFit True?
Before joining, I could not do double unders or kipping pull ups or drive a car in a state of physical depletion.
Say something else, anything!
To paraphrase something Rich Froning said, it’s a good idea to listen to your body when you’re training, but sometimes you have to tell your body to shut up.