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Age: 42

Occupation: Theology teacher at Holy Family High School

When did you start CrossFitting? July 2016

When did you first start training at Big Horn CrossFit? Last July or August (2016) I spent a month at the different box – I had won a free month at my kids’ school’s silent auction

Favorite WOD (workout): How about Elizabeth – she happens to be my favorite real lady, too

Least favorite WOD (workout): Tough choice here but I think the workout that I can’t even finish a single round of will work: Mary

Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Martial Arts on and off for several years. Played football in high school. Ran and went to the gym

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My wife, Elizabeth, always said that I should check it out, I finally did

Take us back to your first WOD (workout): I can’t remember clearly, but it involved running 400 meters and deadlifting 225. I was in a class with only young women. I tried to keep up to impress them, and finished last ;-)

What sort of changes have you seen in your body? A general firming up and a slow trimming down – what else could you want after 40?

What sort of changes have you seen in your life? CrossFit is a natural mood-enhancing drug in our home. I have noticed that I have more energy and motivation, as well as an increased willingness to both face challenges and try new things. I like people, but tend to be on the quiet side – I enjoy the interaction that pushes me outside of my normal comfort zone. Everyone at Big Horn is trying to improve, and I enjoy having allies and coaches in the endeavor. I like my three hours of butt-kicking-positive every week.

Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: The first time being able to do movements is up there: 1st handstand push-up. I like team workouts – and I also like being there when others PR, etc. When Matt was amped up on his workout drink I probably laughed harder than any previous class

Advice for people getting started? For me it is a time thing. I have a lot going in my life so I want to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to exercise. Sure, you are probably not a CrossFit Games athlete, but why waste your time on something less effective? The hidden gem of CrossFit is that it is a school of discipline (really, it can help you grow in virtue). Humility and communication are key to success. Talk to the coaches and embrace the scaled workouts. Form leads to function (architect Luis Sullivan eat your heart out), so always perfect your form. You can do more than you think you can, so don’t underestimate your body, but listen to it. Oh yeah – also the golden rule: encourage your fellow CrossFit friends.

Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? I come from a big family and I have a big family (five kids) and that is my primary vocation. I love the outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing, hunting – or at least shooting), reading, cooking, and classical music (J.S.Bach in particular of whom I am a bit of a fanatic). I studied in Ireland, so I have a fondness for the culture. I am an amateur John Henry Newman scholar, so I spend many hours reading his writing, which I find continuously illuminating and rewarding.