Get to know Dan B. he has been CrossFitting with us since February 2013!
His dedication to his training does not go unnoticed…
We are lucky to have you Dan! Keep up the great work.
DAN Before Joining CFSDan After Joining CFS!First Name & Last InitialDan B.
Arlington Heights, IL
I run around Denver and Colorado Springs helping people look great.
When did you first start CrossFitting?February 2013When did you first start training at CFS?February 2013
Any workout where I don’t have to lift weight overhead or do pull ups.
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See Favorite WOD and reverse it:)Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I’ve always been into working out and I’ve run 7 or 8 marathons and 7 ultra-marathons. While marathon training I would, also, lift weights. At one point my goal was to bench 300lbs and run a sub 3 hour marathon in the same year. (Never accomplished that one) About 6 years ago, I dramatically slowed down the amount I was training. I went from 3-4 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week to about an hour a day 3 or 4 days a week. At the same time I kept eating as if I was training 20 hours a week. I gained 30 lbs in a year or 2. I couldn’t lose that weight doing the 24 hour fitness half ass workouts and that’s ultimately why I joined CFS.How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
In August/September or so of 2012 a client invited me to try a free workout at his crossfit gym, Crossfit South Denver, I can’t remember the exact WOD, but it included 300 M sprints, burpees, wall balls, ring rows and a few other movements. I was sore for a week and knew that I needed to start crossfitting. It took me 6 months before I was ready to commit After talking to Emilio and learning about the program at CFS I knew I had to get started. I had looked into other gyms and they just said show up and basically they’d throw me to the wolves. Even though I had a lot of experience lifting etc, (I was a strength and conditioning coach in college) the thought of jumping right into it scared me. I loved that CFS offered beginner classes to get me comfortable with the movements and ease into it. After 2 months I was addicted and went from 3 days a week membership to unlimited.What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)I had gotten up to a 37 inch waist. I’m proud to be back to a 33. I don’t weigh myself very often, but I was roughly 215 at my peak and down to about 195lbs. I haven’t run any races in a while, but excited to see what my times will be when I do start running a few more races.What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?I can’t say any specific changes, but I can say that one thing I didn’t expect is the social aspect to Crossfit. I feel like I’m a part of a community of really cool and fun people:) I recently moved out of Stapleton, but continue to go to CFS because the thought of leaving all of my CFS ‘Friends’ frightens me:) I look forward to getting to the gym to workout and to see all the really cool people that train there. The coaches are all really awesome too:)Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.Probably the time Greg was demoing a back squat and accidentally let a huge fart rip at the bottom of the squat. He turned bright red, it was hilarious.*Any advice for people just getting started?Just show up and do what you’re told and you’ll love the results. Don’t compare yourself to others. I’ve heard it said that when you compete you feel good, when you compare you feel bad. I love competing against the toughest guys and girls in the gym it pushes me and makes me work harder. When I compare myself to them, I feel bad about myself.The other thing is when you wake up in the morning and don’t feel like going to the gym, just go anyway and you’ll be happy you did. Collect lots of private victories and you’ll start having public victories!What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?I love skiing, hiking, spending time w my beautiful wife (and future crossfitter) Holly and our dog PJ. I enjoy anything involving self improvement, self help books etc. Also, I’ve been fortunate to be a mentor to several wonderful kids in Denver and Chicago.
*that story was made up, but wouldn’t it be funny if it wasn’t:)
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