Nickname: Funky, Funk, Funk-alicious, Funkinstein… really the combinations are endless
Occupation outside of being a Crossfit champ: Chief Software Architect at the Palladium Group
Hometown: Flemington, NJ. Exit 14
Favorite WOD: Cindy (pull ups, push-ups, squats) and challenges like handstand push-ups and plank
Favorite Lift: Push Press
Which class times do you usually attend? 4:15 M, W and Team on Sat
How long have you been Crossfitting? Since January 2011
How did you find Crossfit?
My wife, Tara got me into it. She started to go after she was looking for something to do while rehabbing from spine surgery (yeah, I thought she was nuts too). She asked me to come to a teamwork out and I was hooked. She’s moved on to soccer but I miss going with her (hint hint)
You’re pretty good on the rings! Where did you pick that up?
I was (am?) a gymnast since I was six and competed up through college. I tried out for the Olympic team but didn’t make it. Tim Daggett, the guy who does the commentary on TV was my part time coach at UMass, Amherst. I was one of those hyper active kids that was always throwing himself off couches and climbing on stuff. My parents thought gymnastics would be a good way to direct that energy into something other than wrecking their house. Rings, parallel bars and floor were my best events. I was pretty badat the pummel horse. My kids laugh at old training tapes of me on it. My 7 year old daughter, Eliana, loves to watch and say – “Ohhh that one’s gonna leave a mark.” The 15 year old, Veronica, just says – “Fail.”
How has Crossfit changed your life outside of the gym?
Defiantly made me stronger and fitter, like all guys who leave the sport after competing I graduated and got a desk job. My life was car, desk, car, couch, beer, beer, annnnd another beer. I joined a few gyms but they were either too fancy or too full of meatheads trying to prove something. I didn’t grow up here and Gloucester is actually a hard place to meet people. So CFCA also provided me with the opportunity to meet a bunch of really cool people with similar views on life and what it means to be healthy.
What motivates/inspires you?
I am a competitor, everything is a competition. It drives Tara nuts. It drives my daughters nuts. Why couldn’t I have had boys!? (just kidding!) It’s just how I grew up and how the sport was. Sure there was a team aspect to it, but at the end of the day it’s just yourself and your abilities. I am motivated to be the best version of me for myself and my family.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through Crossfit.
I refuse to go down fighting. I want to stay in shape and be in shape as long as possible. I want to look age in the eye and be all FU MFer!!! Gonna go all Jack Lalanne on you!
I know it’s hard to imagine, but what are your hobbies/interests outside of Crossfit?
I love going out on my boat fishing. I am out there almost every weekend once it goes in the water giving it 100%. Not a lot of fish are actually caught but I am 100% trying. I also go scuba diving, snowboarding, and surfing. I tried yoga once but it wasn’t for me. I like to be moving. I still have a hard time being still.
What’s your favorite aspect/part of CFCA?
Community and friendly competition. I am a social person, I like to meet new people.
Any tears shed after the move from Parker Street?
Well yes and no. I liked Parker Street because of the small feeling. The “original” crew was an awesome bunch of people to start this experience with. I really got to know people like Phoenix, Vinny, Gina, Meg, Ryan, Ross … all those guys really well. But the new gym space is great too because it’s nice to mix it up and not be stepping on top of each other.
Best tip for the newbies?
Start off slow and strong. Pace yourself. Don’t go all out your first week. Know what your body can handle and listen to it. You might not crush it the first time, but every time you try you get closer to being that much better.