September Member Profile

Don Twombly

Nickname: “Doc”

Being a State Trooper & the show Reno 911… Pretty much identical right?
I’d say it’s more like the movie “Super Troopers” – driving around, fist fights with the local cops over our turf, maple syrup chugging contests… Although my kids tell me I sometimes wear shorts that are too tight and too short…

Hometown: Rockport

Favorite workout(s): All the workouts are my fav! Haha! I like the workouts that are more circuit style and old school – push-ups, sit-ups, sandbag drags, etc with a little running thrown in.

Favorite Lift(s): Hmmm, since I haven’t lifted weights since high school (the late 80’s!), every lift is challenging for me! So far, I think any deadlift would be my fav because I’ve seen big gains in that area.

Which class do you usually attend & why?
I usually attend the 5:30am class – it fits into my work schedule the best, and with 4 kids going non-stop after school with activities, it’s hard to find Daddy-time in the afternoons! Although this summer I have been able to hit the 8:30am and noon classes – both fun because I’m not half asleep!

How did you find out about crossfit?
I was seeing lots of cfca posts on my Facebook feed from friends (imagine that – people posting about CF)! I started to ask around and really got interested when everyone that went had nothing but good things to say about crossfit and especially CFCA.

Did you play any sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under the bleachers?
I played soccer, basketball, and hockey in high school (yeah, I know bball and hockey are the same season – hockey my senior year)! I also played soccer at Suffolk University in Boston my first couple years there, then real life happened and I started working full-time at the Rkpt PD!

Has CFCA changed your life outside of the gym?
CFCA has had a huge impact on my overall health. A year ago I felt out of shape, my cholesterol was high (I sound so old!!), and there were a couple incidents at work where I felt physically unprepared if something were to go down, so to speak (hey, it’s a crazy world out there these days). CFCA has helped me get back into shape, lower my cholesterol to crazy low levels, and helped me feel much more confident to deal with any situation that may come up with regard to any craziness at work!

What and/or who motivates/inspires you?

My wife and 4 kids motivate and inspire me everyday to try to stay healthy and fit so I can be around for a long time to come! And of course, every coach is motivating and inspiring at CFCA !

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through CFCA?
I’d love to do a half- marathon some day. I used to hate running, but since joining CFCA, I’ve kinda become cool with it – still don’t love it, but it’s growing on me. Oh, and I’d like to be able to do a handstand!

What are your hobbies outside of the gym?
My hobbies would be coaching my kids in their various sports, playing “old man” hockey (as my kids would say) once a week, and anything to do with the beach – surfing, skimboarding, sitting in a chair….(I can do that the best)….

What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?
My favorite aspect of CFCA would definitely be the people aspect of CFCA. Everyone is so encouraging and accepting – no matter where you are on your “fitness journey” – it’s all good. I always thought of myself as a loner when it came to working out etc, and I never thought a class-type atmosphere would be something I would want to do. But CFCA is different – being more of a “lifestyle” type of crossfit gym – it’s not about training for the next competition or getting screamed at when you’re trying to lift a weight – I’ve had that in both my municipal academy and State Police academy – and it can be counterproductive. CFCA is about a love of fitness for life. It’s interesting that the MSP academy is now emphasizing a more crossfit-type of approach to their physical training in the past couple of years. CFCA was ahead of the curve!

You’re pretty much a pro now, so any tips for the new members?
Haha a pro!! My advice is to just show up! And that it’s ok to be humbled when first starting out. It’s like nothing you’ve done before, so of course it’s going to be hard and challenging. But it’s a great feeling when you finish a workout and can look back on it and say, “wow – I did that!” (Oh, and to make sure you post it to Facebook to make your friends jealous)!

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