October Member of the Month

 

Name: Russ Queen

Nickname: Um….I probably shouldn’t say. Ask me in person and I MAY tell you. 

Occupation outside of being a CrossFit champ: Business Manager for a local tech company (Gloucester!)

Hometown: Scarborough, Maine

Favorite workout: Anything that doesn’t involve those darn ski-machines!

Favorite Lift: Deadlift or Strict Press

Favorite WOD music: The 80’s/90’s playlists are my jam…

Which class do you usually attend? Nooner. Wait, are there other options?

How did you find out about CrossFit?– I’ve known Crossfit existed, but had a couple lackluster experiences during some trial runs at other gyms. CFCA has been welcoming from day 1. My boss turned me onto CFCA, which he heard of from a friend. (See a pattern here?) 

Did you play sports back in the day? Or was it all smoking butts under
the bleachers?– Never smoked! Soccer and baseball in high-school, played goalie in soccer during college (Endicott). Tried my hand at indoor track once. Boy am I glad there was limited video at that time in my life! Nothing like watching a wet noodle scamper across an indoor track…

How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym?– How much time do you have? I was previously pretty unhealthy (say for the past 5 years or so). I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. After changing my eating habits and finding CFCA, I’m sleeping better, have more energy for my kids, my mental health is WAY better, I’m not afraid to try new adventures, runs, rides, etc. I find myself spending more time outside and enjoying/exploring the area we live in. Basically, it’s been life-changing at my “age” and while I regret not doing it sooner, I believe there is a time and season for everything in life. 

What and/or who motivates/inspires you?– My kids are my biggest motivation, not to mention my wife who has more energy than any human I have ever encountered. A close second: I’m motivated each day/week at CFCA by the variety of folks that step through the doors, looking to be the best version of themselves in that moment. If they can do it, I can do it. Like a soon-to-be famous writer once told me, “there is no modification for walking through the door!”

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the
gains made through CrossFit?– I’d like to be able to take my shirt off during a workout. Oh, you mean like weight-lifting goals? I have signed up for my first Spartan race in November with CFCA folks and if I accomplish that, I’m heading to Everest. No in-between steps. I’m going for it. What’s the worst that can happen?

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?– I love coaching soccer and baseball. It’s such a joy to watch kids begin to understand the game more and development real skill. I also, albeit less important, love to hunt and fish. I also love landscaping, probably b/c it’s something that I can complete and the rest of my life feels like a series of things that I’m always half done with. 

 

What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA?– The community. I mean, the AirDyne’s. Wait no, the community. Every single person is friendly, the coaches push you, but are quick to smile with you too. I have yet to be able to get to a Saturday workout, but I heard they are a blast, which speaks to the community aspect that CFCA has created. I think when everyone has a common goal, community/trust can happen quickly. That’s the best part of CFCA for me. Oh, and the burpees (said nobody, ever).

Do you have a favorite CFCA memory?– Do I! Actually two. The first one, which solidified what type of community there is at CFCA. About 5 months into my membership, we were doing this partner cardio (hell) workout where we had to do so many calories on each machine and when we switched with our partner, we had to hold a KB goblet style just so we could push the limits of our breathing to coma-inducing levels. Anyhoo, I had one more round of 20 CALS on the aforementioned SkiERG and was absolutely the last person in class to finish. Everyone was cheering me on (remember: I couldn’t breathe and my arms/legs felt like cooked spaghetti) and Jaime was literally right over my shoulder counting down the calories I had left. I finished and everyone was clapping and congratulating me (likely from cheating death, but perhaps b/c I finished the workout and they could start to clean up). The 2nd favorite memory: Goblet squats in August. Definitely ripped a hole in my boxers clear down to the nether-regions. Makes for good air-conditioning on those dogs days of summer.

Any tips for the new members?– Just show up. You’re gonna be sore for a bit, but if you keep showing up, it is so worth it. I could do ZERO pulls up when I started. I looked really awkward trying to do a rope climb and the movements can be challenging. But, like everything else, consistency in showing up is key. Just walk through the door. Oh, and don’t take yourself too seriously. I will randomly sing/bark lines to various songs throughout the workout just to make sure I keep a level head. Plus, I have an amazing singing voice and need to bless people with my talent. 

Freestyle? Please add anything here if we missed something. I’m a big softy. Don’t let my massive physique confuse you.