February Member of the Month.
Learn more about David:
How long have you been a member at RCB?
A: I’ve been a member since December 2017, so just over a year.
What’s your occupation?
A: I focus on turning companies around & growing them. I'm currently working for a healthcare provider located throughout the Pacific Northwest.
What was your athletic background before CrossFit?
A: It was pretty routine. I've always tried to be active depending on my workload, either working out at a gym or home. None of it was as dynamic as CrossFit, where I was introduced to gym routines on the bar, rowing, Olympic (and proper) weightlifting, and more intense bodyweight training than I had done before. Also, I was never as “spent” after a workout than I am after a CrossFit workout.
What’s your goal for 2019?
A: I want to be able to sail through the burpees. It’s all cardio/endurance focused for me for 2019.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of the gym?
A: My interests are my wife, Michelle, and our four (yes, that’s 1-2-3-4) kids ranging from 7 months to 9 years old. We like good food; I want to prepare gumbo, cold-smoked salmon, craft chocolate mousse, create a latte from my all-manual espresso machine. We love to share that food with people, having people over for dinner & discussion, stuff like that. Last, I am a voracious reader of financial news related to interest rate movements, the price of debt securities, commodities & global growth demand, private equity versus public market nuances, and other recondite and vague areas.
What keeps you coming back to RCB?
A: Simply put, the people. Without the people, I couldn’t learn. I mean, how do you learn what you don’t know by living in an echo chamber (aka working out by yourself)? I need folks to train with & learn from.
Where’s your favorite place to travel?
A: I’m a traditionalist. I’ve gone to St. Augustine, Florida about 35 times in my life. It’s one of the oldest cities in the US, founded in the mid-16th century. Spanish architecture. On the coast. Nice beach & good seafood.
What’s your go-to hype song?
A: Prodigy – Diesel Power. It’s not deep lyrics or anything like that – just heavy bass.
What’s your favorite CrossFit memory?
A: This was either when I did 57 double-unders unbroken (January 2019) or when I beat Johnny in a WOD.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give new members at Rose City Barbell?
A: Be consistent. I wasn’t hitting the Rx workouts for several months when I first started, and my stamina was horrible. It also took me several months of practice to hit my double-unders. This is all well and good because my trajectory remains steep. I go four times per week now, but I first started twice per week until I built my stamina. Consistency is your biggest value driver.
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