Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month

August 2013 – Patrice Sullivan

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When did you start doing CrossFit?  August, 2012.

 Favorite WOD? Helen or Kalsu. I like anything with running and burpees.  The endurance stuff lets me pace myself and I generally do better with those WODS.

  Least Favorite WOD?  Well, I hate max height box jumps because I always fall on my face but that really is not a workout…. So, I guess anything multiple squat cleans, back squats and front squats. My hip flexibility makes those kind of workouts really painful.

 Favorite Lift?  Snatch, because I think the lift is the most challenging. I have made the most progress on that lift since I started coming to crossfit.

Least favorite lift? Deadlifts or back squats, I have a really hard time with my form on those lifts.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).  I work as a post surgical nurse at United Hospital. I am starting the Nurse Practitioner program at St. Kate’s this fall, so sorry if I am a little cranky! Outside of work and school, I am a proud Auntie of three crazy boys, I love to snowboard, wake board, laugh, cook, run and just hang out with my family and friends.

What were you doing before CrossFit?  Before Crossfit, I ran a lot and I mean A LOT! I also had a personal trainer and would do a little lifting on my own. I practiced and taught a lot of Yoga. I also would take a lot of spin classes, which I still like to do about once a week.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?  I felt strong and empowered. I also was reminded that working out should be fun and leave you in a good mood rather than a bad one.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Before I walked in the door I wanted to be able to do a pull up. After learning the movements, I also wanted to be able to do a hand stand push up, double unders, and ring dips.

Have you achieved any of those goals?  After about 6 months, I finally was able to do a few pullups without a band. After about 8 months, I was able to link together about two double unders. It is a start…

 Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?  The other day I almost hit an 85 squat snatch PR, which would have been a prayer last year. I could barely snatch the bar! Anytime I am able to do a WOD prescribed I consider it a huge achievement.  When I first started I thought I would never be able to do a workout prescribed.  One of the biggest ways Crossfit has changed my life relates to body image. Being stuck in big gyms and doing a lot of running, I always thought it was better to be skinny rather than look too strong. Now I am proud of my muscles and I would hate to look too thin.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievments during your time here?  I cannot pin point one specific favorite memory.  I love that no matter what mood I am in before I walk into the door, I always leave happier and calmer just because of the great people I am surrounded by.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit?  Even if you hate the workouts and are scared to participate, come as much as you can because the community is the best part of the gym. I have never been apart of such a caring and awesome community and that has made my life more fulfilling.

Something you might not know about me is?  I have broken three bones and have had surgery three times. All of the injuries were sports related… klutz?

July 2013 – Heather Tibodeau

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This is an older picture, She squats much better now.

When did you start doing CrossFit? I started CrossFit in Okinawa about a year and half ago.  A friend of mine was going to try it out so I tagged along, having NO IDEA what I was getting into.

 Favorite WOD? I like chippers because they usually involve a variety of movements and I always think there is no way a person could actually do all of it, so it feels good when I’m crawling to the finish line that I did it.

  Least Favorite WOD? Usually involves running long distances, many burpees, and dead lifts.

 Favorite Lift? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but after attending Oly class, and with the help of all the coaches,  Snatch

 Least favorite lift?  Use to be Snatch, but not anymore!  Dead lifts have that honor.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).  I’m an Air Force Brat so I grew up living in different places.  I am a teacher, I’ve mostly taught kindergarten.  After teaching in St. Paul at Como Elementary School I got a job teaching children of U.S. military personnel and lived in Misawa, Japan for 5 years and Okinawa, Japan for 5 years.  I came back this year to take a break from living overseas, to be able to spend time with the family, and to take classes at the U.  I head back to Oki in August, but I come back to Minnesota every summer.

What were you doing before CrossFit? I like variety so I tried TRX, spinning, zumba, body sculpting, tennis, machines at the gym, etc.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? I thought these CrossFit people were a bit crazy, especially when this guy in Oki yelled at me for stopping in the middle of the “free workout” to get a drink of water.  Intense!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  I wanted to improve my flexibility (I mean who knew wrists are suppose to be flexible too?), to be able to do pull-ups and double unders, and I wanted to improve the form on ALL my lifts so I didn’t feel like an episode of Sesame Street’s, “which one of these things is not like the other” every time I tried ANY of the lifts during a WOD.

Have you achieved any of those goals? YES!!!  I can do a few pull-ups without a band, my double unders are much improved, and my lifts have come a LONG way!  They actually resemble real lifts and I don’t feel like a Sesame Street episode on most days anymore.  Flexibility has improved leaps and bounds.  I’m more flexible than a 2 by 4 now days.  I remember when Tony had has sit in the squat position, I couldn’t even do it for 10 seconds.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? CrossFit helps remind me what my students go through in the classroom:

  •  frustration from not getting a skill down
  •  that great coaching/teaching can help you achieve beyond what you thought was possible, and how important it is for someone to believe in you
  •  what it really means and feels like when you’re told to keep trying, don’t give up
  •  why practice is important
  •  why students need to experience challenges, failures, and success

 What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym? I am just Amazed at what this uncoordinated, clumsy person can do now that I couldn’t do a year and a half ago.

 Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  I appreciate how supportive everyone is at the gym.  People are so dedicated and I sit in awe after workouts at just how well everyone performs – all levels and all ages.  I can’t tell you how many times the 11:00 class had me rolling this year. I’m surprised I never peed my pants.  Hilarious!

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? It will be one of the best things you’ll do for yourself.

Something you might not know about me is? I love gardening/flowers.  I took Japanese Ikebana classes (art of flower arranging) and try to practice my skills when I can.  Oh, and it’s embarrassing to admit that after living in Japan for 10 years, I do not speak Japanese L.

June 2013 – Dave Perkkio

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When did you start doing CrossFit?

June 2012

Favorite WOD?

Pre wod max height box jumps and any wod with a lot of bar work.

Least Favorite WOD?

Anything with a lot of running involved.

Favorite Lift?

Snatch & overhead squats

Least favorite lift?

Deadlift & thrusters

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

My entire family (Wife, Conor, Nina & Maria) all workout at Timberwolf. I am a partner in a general contracting firm in Bloomington, where we build retail store across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. My interests include sports, traveling and relaxing.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

I laid on the couch for a spell after I dropped my Lifetime Fitness membership. I played college football and a little hockey on the side.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

 We got to flip tires during the first wod and that really got me hooked. So I thought wow this is fun…little did I know then!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

Get myself fit, lose some weight, and make some new friends.

Have you achieved any of those goals?

Yes and then some.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

Yes, I have changed my eating habits and gone Paleo. I feel much healthier physically and mentally. Have not kept up with my wod times, but achievements I am happy about are being  to perform  handstand pushups, pullups and hopefully a muscle up in the near future. When I started I was not able to do any of these movements.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

One thing I think is funny and memorable is the first free wod I attended I wore a NY Mets shirt to the class.  I met John at the class and all he said was “this is Twins territory”

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit?.

Keep coming to the wods. You will see improvement sooner than you think.

Something you might not know about me is?

I am afraid of heights.

 

May 2013 – Britnie Ryan Thomas

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When did you start doing CrossFit? I started CrossFit in the fall of 2011, but have only really been consistent since starting at TWCF last summer.

Favorite WOD? I like FRAN, and Elizabeth, even though I can’t do ring dips Rx quite yet. I like the mix of the barbell and gymnastics movements.

Least Favorite WOD? I’ve done both Eva and Kalsu once, and I’d be totally ok with never doing them again…yikes!

Favorite Lift? Power clean and power snatch, I love the barbell!

Least favorite lift? As much as I love to power clean, I cringe whenever I see squat clean in the WOD!

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I grew up in Pennsylvania and made the half country trek to the Midwest for grad-school. I’m at the U finishing up (so close!) my Ph.D. in Immunology/Cancer biology, and still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up! Last summer I got married to coolest guy around, and we adopted a poorly behaved puppy who we love an unhealthy amount. Outside of work, school and the gym I’m an avid reader, food-LOVER, wine-drinker, concert go-er, and all around tourist: I love to do and see new things!!

What were you doing before CrossFit?  I played softball most of my life, and swam competitively all through college. Once I hit grad-school and lost the structure of sports and being part of a team, I really became pretty lazy and out of shape.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? I thought “holy crap, why do my legs hurt so bad from 50 air squats?” I was super out of shape, but I was hooked!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? In the beginning I really just wanted to learn the movements, and improve each day.

Have you achieved any of those goals? I honestly have to say there have been very few times I’ve left the gym not feeling like I’ve improved; whether it’s something as simple as stringing 10-15 DUs together for the first time, or a 20# PR. That’s the great thing about CF, no matter your level is you can always improve somewhere! This year I’d really like to master ring dips and, dare I say, get a muscle up!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?  CF has definitely changed my life both physically and mentally. It makes me feel happy, healthy and energized (cliché I know, but so true!). My best achievements so far have probably been pull ups and DUs. I worked on those damn pull ups for a year!

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? The first time I did FRAN Rx, I was super excited. I was just really starting to get the hang of pull-ups and FRAN being like the holy grail of CF I really wanted to go all out and see where I was. I remember finishing and looking at the clock and thinking “holy shit I think I just made the record board”. It was an awesome feeling!

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? JUST TRY IT! It’s going to be tough and hard and painful at times, but the progress and improvements are so worth it. The community is also fantastic, I feel so grateful to have met such great people at TWCF!

Something you might not know about me is? Fun facts: I have two different colored eyes, I was born in Oregon and I LOVE frozen french fries J

March 2013 – Peter Gerde

When did you start doing CrossFit? August 2012

 Favorite WOD? DT. I’ve only done it once, but it has stood out in my mind.

 Least Favorite WOD? Comp class when we did burpee races.  I figured out I did 280 burpees that day.

 Favorite Lift? Clean and Jerks

Least favorite lift? Overhead Squats

 Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I am 25, almost 26 years old.  I am originally from Bloomington, MN.  I am married to Laura Gerde who also works out at Timberwolf.  I went to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and earned a degree in mechanical engineering.  I currently work for the Donaldson Company designing micro vents for medical devices and other consumer electronics.

 What were you doing before CrossFit? I wrestled and played lacrosse in high school.  In college I played handball.  While I have always been involved in sports, I have never been the most athletic person.  Most of my time during college was spent partying and playing video games (with some studying thrown in).  So to sum it up, before CrossFit, I drank beer and played video games.

 What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? My lungs were burning and I felt like I was going to throw up and I knew I wanted more.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? When I first joined I didn’t really have any specific goals.  I wanted to lose weight and become healthier.   Then when I started the strength program I set a goal for a 400lb deadlift and a 300lb squat.  And in the back of my head I wanted to be able to do a strict pullup (something I hadn’t been able to do since I was 18).  My current goal is to get on the gym record board for clean and jerk.  I got some work to do, but it’s in my sights.

 Have you achieved any of those goals?

The first two are in progress, although overall I’ve lost around 35lbs since I started at Timberwolf, 18 of which were during the Paleo challenge.  I hit a 400lb deadlift and I squatted 320lbs following the strength program.  I can now do 2 strict pullups and a few more if I kip.

  Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ acheivments inside the gym?

Overall I feel much better.  I’ve met some awesome people and created new friends.  It’s also going to cost me more money in the long run because my dress pants for work don’t fit anymore (darn).  One achievement I hit back in December was a 225lb clean.  Then recently I did a Clean/Hang Clean/Hang Clean at 225lbs, I was pumped about that.

 Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? During a FGB partner WOD I was on a 200m run and my partner Alex E. was yelling out the garage telling me to slow down.  He was almost finished with the final part of the workout, but if I got back before he finished he would have to run.  So our final time would have been a 200m run time slower….maybe you had to be there.

 What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? If you become involved with the community working out no longer feels like exercise.  If there is a workout that looks intimidating, do it.  If there is an offering for a specialty class, try it.  If there is a challenge going on, participate.

Something you might not know about me is? I have been hit by a car…..twice.

February 2013- Megan Mclellen

When did you start doing CrossFit? I think it was January of 2008.

 Favorite WOD? Used to be Fran but now I think it is either Grace or FGB – even though I get stressed out everytime before FBG.

 Least Favorite WOD? JT – just a ridiculous amount of arm work – And anything to do with running.

Favorite Lift? Power clean or Squat snatch

Least favorite lift? Deadlift…. Which is obvious if you have even done them with me…

      Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I was born in Canada. I am a radiology resident at the University of MN veterinary school for the next 2.5 years. That is probably the only interesting thing about me.  I eat, go to work/school, workout, sleep and repeat. I have a naughty dog named Winston who no one likes and smells like old fish.

What were you doing before CrossFit?  I played soccer for almost 17 years and boxed competitively for about 5 years.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? I could barely move my arms (did 8 rounds of Cindy – couldn’t do a single pull up, someone had to lift my legs from below me) and was instantly addicted.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? I thought I was previously in pretty good shape with the other two sports, but quickly realized I was nowhere close to where I could be. Just wanted to get in better shape and lift heavy things.

Have you achieved any of those goals? Other than a crappy deadlift, I have slowly been improving, especially since starting to eat meat this year 😛

 Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ acheivments inside the gym?  CrossFit definitely gets the energy out of me and calms me down… me off exercise is a scary thing. I also feel a lot better about myself and am not trying to be the stick thin girl that I used to think was attractive. My happiest moment this year was a 195lbs power clean. Last year at TWCF would have been my FGB score going from 315-ish to 385-ish.

 Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? Finally having a few of my lifts increase in weight that I have been stuck at for years. So frustrating and such a relief when it finally happens. Also, getting to bring Winston (my dog) with me to the gym (when he is a good boy). When I first moved here I could not have left him at home he was so stressed. I was lucky enough to be allowed to take him with me to the gym. Not everywhere will let you do that, not even every CF gym.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? Probably to just keep coming. The first couple of weeks are painful and hard to find the motivation to keep going. If you keep at it you will see results both physically and mentally. It is definitely worth it.

Something you might not know about me is? I’m an omphalaphobic. It’s a real thing.

 

January 2013 – Mark Farrington

When did you start doing CrossFit?April 2012Favortie WOD? Any “Hero” Workout-(honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country).  Murph especially-hurts so good. Least Favorite WOD? Anything with handstand pushups or double unders (working on it but humbling)Favorite Lift? CleanLeast favorite lift? Snatch (stupid shoulder flexibilty)Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). I am a divorced dad of two beautiful little girls who hanging with me at the gym (Danielle-8, Adalyn-3).  They take up the majority of my time outside of work.  I love spending time with my brother and best friend Tom, his awesome wife Faith (who got me started at Timberwolf,) and their beautiful daughter Camilla June.  In the winter I love going snowboarding with Dani and skating with my girls.  I also play hockey on Sundays with guys from work (HiChad.)  In the Summer time I love going wakeboarding, skiing, and Tubing with my kids.  I served in the Marine Corps prior to going to UST.  I have been a St Paul Police Officer for ten years.What were you doing before CrossFit? Before Crossfit I would lift four or five times a week and try to run three times per week.  It just got monotonous.  I was finding I wasn’t getting faster or stronger no matter how much I lifted or ran.  I get 100 times the workout now in ten minutes that I used to get in an hour and a half.What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Crap, what the hell just happened.  (As I dry heaved in the fetal position in the corner.)What were your goals when joining CrossFit? I want to get stronger and leaner. Have you achieved any of those goals? I was fifteen second faster on my mile and half run, did more pushups and situps than ever before at my physical fitness test for the department.  Thanks Tony! Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ acheivments inside the gym? I have more energy chasing my kids around, I am able to wakeboard longer due to strength increases and flexibility increases.  My back squat and Cleans have both improved greatly.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievments during your time here? Just continuously trying to better myself by pushing through mental blocks into that animalistic survival drive during workouts.  I love beating my brother in workouts. 

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? Stick with it.  Gains can come by leaps and bounds. 

Something you might not know about me is?

I am a procrastinator.  Sorry about getting this back to you late Tony.

December 2012 – Rebecca Bauman
  1. When did you start doing CrossFit? I started CrossFit just a little over a year ago, October 2011, but I’ve been doing various forms of other exercise all of my life.

 Favorite WOD?

I love most of the lifting.  I had never done any weight lifting before, and so even though I’m still not able to RX, I like seeing myself improve.  I especially like dead lifts, front squats and back squats; but I really love the variety of things we do, and the variety of ways we do them.

  Least Favorite WOD?

Anything that has too many burpees!

Favorite Lift?  Back squat

 Least favorite lift?  Overhead squat

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I have been working in nonprofit management for quite a few years, and now I’m consulting with nonprofits on everything from board training to fundraising.  I have three grown children who, along with their other jobs, stay very physically active.  My youngest son and my daughter are both members at TwinTown Crossfit in Minneapolis, and my son is a part-time instructor.  My oldest son is in California and teaches Karate.   Our conversations and sometimes after dinner activities include actual feats of strength and other exercise related conversations.

 What were you doing before CrossFit?

 Yoga, Zumba, and lots of walking.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I liked it but wondered if I would ever really be able to do it.  Box jumps?  You had to be kidding.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

Although I was doing other exercise, I was not seeing some of the body changes that I wanted, so I decided to try CrossFit.  The most basic new skill was just to be able to do a 12” box jump and not just a step up.  I also wanted to increase my overall strength.   I had noticed that it was getting harder for me to get up from the floor without something to hold onto.  I knew that wasn’t going to get easier unless I did something to improve my overall strength.  So a goal was to be able to go from the floor to standing without support.

 Have you achieved any of those goals?

Yes, I like my body a lot more, and my clothes fit better.  Also, I can now jump 16 inches unless there are too many in the work out.  I know I can do 20 inches but I haven’t gotten up the courage to try it yet.

I am increasing the pounds I can lift on everything except the overhead squat, and my squats in general are much lower.   I’ve really strengthened my legs.

I track my progress, and every extra pound I lift, or each minute that my endurance improves, I know I’ve reached a goal.

 Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

I love talking about CrossFit.  Along with just liking how it makes me feel after its over and when I’m stronger, I like the personal challenge of doing something that is really hard and while not finishing first, at least being in the game.    When it is really awful, I know that it’s just one more set, or a few more minutes, and I tell myself, you can do just that much more.  And I do.  I think that is a life lesson.  Some of the things that are the most important are really tough, and if we can do just a little bit more or hang on just a little bit longer, we can accomplish more things than we first thought we could.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

I have really enjoyed working out with other people who are there in the morning.  We all have different jobs and different skill levels but there is a common sense of working hard and sweating together.  I appreciate being a part of the group.

 What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit? 

Keep coming and don’t be afraid to scale it.

Something you might not know about me is?

Along with my twin brother, I will celebrate my 65th birthday in February.

November 2012 – Devan Ellanson

1. When did you start doing Crossfit?
I started in April 2012.
2. What is your favorite WOD?
This is a tough question…I would have to say Nancy and Kelly, even though I really hate box jumps… But I like Murph, too.
3. Least favorite WOD?
Annie, because I can’t do double unders. Oh and anything with burpees or box jumps…
4. Favorite lift?
Cleans, the more I practice and watch other’s techniques, the more I enjoy doing this lift.
5. Least favorite lift?
Snatch, definately snatch! It’s like doing math at the gym, it just isn’t pretty.
6. Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
I am 27 years old, only for a couple more weeks. My husband, Keith, and I got married in August and celebrated 6 years together in Septemeber. We live in St. Paul near Como Lake and have a pit bull/lab named Kingston. I work for Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office as a Crime Scene Investigator/Deputy Sheriff. I love my job but it can be more than demanding at times. I enjoy spending time outside, checking out new resturants, snowboarding, waterskiing, cooking and baking. My husband and I enjoy speding time with family and friends. Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can!
7. What were you doing before Crossfit?
I was a member at Lifetime Fitness. I was doing the bootcamp three times a week and running on off days. I enjoyed it but I felt that I just wasn’t getting much ‘bang for my buck’. I met some really great women and worked with a great trainer but I just wanted more from my workouts, I wanted to know what I was capable of.
8. What were your thoughts after your first Crossfit workout?
Geez, I am SO out of shape!! Bring it ON!!!
9. What were your goals when you joined Crossfit?
I wanted to be in overall better physical shape and mental shape.
10. Have you achieved any of those goals?
Hell yea! I have gone so far beyond these goals, it’s crazy.
11. Has Crossfit affected your life outside of the gym? What are your best WOD times/achievements inside the gym?
 Because of the kind of work I do, doing the WODs make some cases I work easier to manage, I am able to break them down and make them more managable, like an AMRAP or doing a WOD with multiple rounds. And when people are like, “oh, you do those crazy workouts” I like educating people on Crossfit and what it is and encourage them to check it out.
Some of my best WODs are Nancy 14:55 (I think), Fran 6:14, Crossfit Total 625. The amount of weight I can lift somedays still suprises me…
12. Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
I remember being rather new and doing front squats for a pre-WOD lift. Having never done front squats for weight before in my life, I continued to go up in weight. I took a look at the record board, and due to my stellar eyesight, I had seen what I thought was185 written by a gals name(to find out it was 165), and thought to myself, well, if I get there I will just stop, because that’s a lot of weight and I am new at this whole front squat thing and I don’t want somebody to lose their spot on the record board (because I bet you feel really cool when your name is written up there). Anyways, I continued to 185 and stopped, started putting my weights away to get ready for the WOD and Tony was like, wait a minute, how much weight is on that bar? I wound up with 195, a definate PR for myself. And a spot on the record board?!?! Now I know, not only do you compete against others, the biggest competition is against yourself.
13. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf Crossfit?
Give it a chance, come to the gym consistently, I promise you will feel and see results.
14. Something you might not know about me is?
When I was young, I wanted to be a professional water skier and I used to drive a 1971 El Camino. It had a ‘hula guy’ and a disco ball, I cried the day I sold it.

  • October 2012 Mark Sadsarin
  • When did you start doing CrossFit? 

  • I started CrossFit in April 2011.

Favorite WOD?

Fran, Annie and Barbara.

 Least Favorite WOD?

FGB, Karen and Kelly.

 Favorite Lift?

Squat cleans, but do not confuse ‘favorite’ with ‘easiest’!

Least favorite lift?

Overhead squats, which were created by the devil many years ago…

 Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I am 28 years old and engaged. We have 3 ferocious dogs: Miles, Beans and Nasir. I ‘just’ moved to St. Paul from Ohio about 6 months ago and my fiancé soon followed about 3 months after. I work in St. Paul Park (reason for my relocation) as a rail scheduler. As a North Carolina kid, I am a die-hard Duke Blue Devil fan (but my fiancé is from Chapel Hill…so Feb-March is always fun). I love biking, music, art, fashion, outdoor activities and would try almost anything that looks remotely fun at least once. Overall I am a pretty easy-going, free-spirited guy who just tries to live life to the fullest!

 What were you doing before CrossFit?

I was doing the typical YMCA stuff: Monday: Chest and Tri Tuesday: Back and Bi…you know the drill. I would sprinkle in cardio every once in a while. Nothing out of the ordinary.

 What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

“What the hell is wrong with these people?!”

 What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

I was just looking for something that was unlike anything I was doing before. I can’t say I was looking for one specific thing, I just knew that CrossFit would help me achieve a multitude of goals whether it was getting stronger, leaner, etc.

 Have you achieved any of those goals?

That’s the great thing about CrossFit, it is an environment that promotes you to reach BEYOND your goals. I never expected to walk into a WOD and deadlift 415 pounds, but I did. If you put in the work, trust me, you will continue to surprise yourself .

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

It has in almost every aspect of life. I’m eating healthier, I am physically prepared to adapt to a lot of situations, I feel better and more energized and most importantly, my fiancé has some eye candy to look at everyday J Some of my top moments were my 415-lb deadlift, sub-4 Fran and 3 muscle-ups back-to-back-to-back.

 Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

The ones listed previously all happened at Timberwolf Crossfit, but the best part of this box was being welcomed with opened arms. CrossFit promotes a great sense of community and TImberwolf is no different. Being the new guy in town is tough but I felt right at home here.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Timberwolf CrossFit?

Keep an open mind is what I tell friends and family who have ever thought about joining. In order to achieve goals you have never achieved you are going to have to do things you have never done. As much as you are competing against other people in the gym, you are mostly competing against yourself. Don’t be put off because you can’t do what someone else is doing because we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Just put your head down and give it your best.

Something you might not know about me is?

I may or may not have ripped apart a telephone book…

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