Athlete of Month
Athlete of the month: December
1. Tell Us About Yourself (this is a short paragraph about you and anything you would like people to know)
I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago, near Midway airport, and moved out to the Naperville area after college. I went to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, majored in chemical engineering and have been working for the same company, UOP/Honeywell, for 25 years in January. Jeff and I met in college while working at Osco together and have been married for 23 years. We have 3 children, Gabi (13), Ella (11) and Danny (7).
2. What is one thing we may not know about you or be surprised to find out?
Early in my career, working for the oil refineries allowed me to live in over 30 countries over a 6 year period. Since then, I’ve added about 10 more with work and vacations. Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia) and New Zealand are my favorites.
3. What made you start CrossFit?
Jeff started at C2L first in the old space in Naperville in October 2015 and then encouraged me to try it.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I like that it is a challenging, total body workout that is always changing that I get to do with friends. I also like the small class sizes and the close interaction/guidance from great coaches. And even at 5am, we are still usually laughing and having fun.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Finishing the whole Murph in May without a pull-up band. And hitting a few chest-to-bars. (And beating Jeff – once – at an Rx workout.)
6. What is your favorite movement/lift? Least favorite?
Favorite is power cleans. Least favorite is overhead squats (my shoulders just don’t go that way…yet).
7. What are your CrossFit goals?
To keep my knees out! Besides the standard improve-on-form, range-of-motion, etc., just to keep improving overall. I need to tackle the rope climb and handstand push-up next.
8. What impact has C2L had on your life in and out of the gym?
Working out regularly helps to manage my stress levels and motivates me to eat healthy and to stay in shape so that I can keep up with the kids better.
9. If you could do any WOD what would it look like or be?
A partner/team WOD with power cleans, sit-ups, KB swings and rowing.
10. What is your favorite non-CrossFit activity to take part in?
Jeff and I got our scuba diving certifications for our honeymoon to Grand Cayman and have been diving ever since all over the world. Our 2 oldest are now certified, so we are looking forward to future dive vacations with the whole family.
Athlete of the month: November
- Tell Us About Yourself (this is a short paragraph about you and anything you would like people to know) – After growing up in Davenport, Iowa, I moved to the Chicago area in 1994 for graduate school. My wife, Joann, and I have lived in Naperville since 2004. We have a son in sixth grade and a daughter in fourth grade. Joann is a small business owner and an avid runner. I’m a pastor at Woodridge United Methodist Church. I joined C2L Naperville way back in December of 2015, when we were still in the temporary space at the other end of the building. The current space is, of course, much better. Still, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit I’ve been doing CrossFit for so long. As our son likes to ask, “Dad, why can’t I see your abs?!?”
- What is one thing we may not know about you or be surprised to find out? – I’m colorblind. Which mostly doesn’t matter at C2L — except for the kettle bells. What one are we using today? Green? Red? Purple? Is there even a purple one? I have no idea. Just tell me the weight! So, if the KBs are ever put away in the wrong spot…it’s probably my fault.
- What made you start CrossFit? – The full story of why I started CrossFit is too long for this forum, but it involves: a work trip, seeing the CrossFit Games on TV, trying a handstand push up that failed miserably, and finding a CrossFit gym near our house. Oh, and being out of shape. I keep coming back because, at C2L, I’ve never worked out harder or had more fun doing so.
- What do you enjoy most about CrossFit? – The most enjoyable part of C2L is the community we form among the coaches and athletes. I purposefully put that in the present tense because, it seems to me, our community is ongoing and ever-evolving, which I love. Also, honestly, I really enjoy not having to think about what exercises to do. I find all the coaches at C2L to be friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. So it’s just show up, listen to the coach, and put in the work.
- What is your proudest CrossFit moment? – Being part of Memorial Day Murph last year was my proudest moment. It was our community at its very best: everyone encouraging each other, cheering each other on, celebrating each one’s accomplishment. It was hard but it was fun. I was thrilled to finish, even though it took me for-ev-er!
- What is your favorite movement/lift? Least favorite? – My favorite lift is probably power cleans. Least favorite is handstand push ups, because I still can’t do them. Yet.
- What are your CrossFit goals? – Goals: Finally get that elusive handstand push up! And then get some more. Then get fit enough and strong enough to do a muscle up.
- What impact has C2L had on your life in and out of the gym? – In the gym, C2L has me working out more regularly and at a higher intensity than I ever have before. With the added bonus of, as I’ve said, having a blast doing it. Thanks to C2L, I’m reasonably fit, healthy, and feeling good. Plus, our son really enjoys the C2L Kids program. C2L’s reach outside of the gym is perhaps even more meaningful. I really appreciate the friendships formed through conversations over coffee or meals or seeing movies together. And I can never fully express my gratitude for the incredible support I received from the C2L community when my dad died.
- If you could do any WOD what would it look like or be? – I really like the Benchmark WOD, Grace. With just 30 clean and jerks, it’s simple and fast. If I were designing a WOD, it would be power cleans and wall balls in either an ascending/descending ladder or an EMOM.
- What is your favorite non-CrossFit activity to take part in? – Too many to pick just one. As a parent, it is coaching our son’s baseball teams and watching our daughter’s acting performances. Individually, it’s reading, teaching, and lobbying Congress (and, apparently, based on this long-winded answer to a simple question, not following directions).