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Every month we choose one person who exudes the attitude and work ethic of a true CrossFitter. Steve has been kicking ass in the workouts but always offers encouragement to the noobs. We love how Steve has created healthy eating habits at home and is dedicated enough to both the gym and his family to show up at 5am in order to be back in time to get his kids off to school every morning.

He’s worked on developing skills through hard work and practice and always has a smile on your face. It’s having members/friends like Steve that remind us why we opened this business in the first place!

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I started in the April 2013 On-Ramp class, so I am finishing my 8th month.

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?
I was a college athlete that stayed in relatively good shape for much of my post-college life. But then when I turned 30 and my wife had our first child, the wheels came off! All of a sudden I lost my motivation and couldn’t stick with an exercise routine for more than a few weeks without quitting.

I tried the gym, running, P90x, you name it, but nothing stuck. After three years of this I finally looked at myself in the mirror and it looked like I swallowed a mailbox! I realized then that in order to finally get back into shape I needed more structure, more accountability, and a little friendly competition. That is when I turned to Crossfit Stamford.

What is your favorite movement?
I like most of the power movements. My favorite is probably power cleans and deadlifts.

What is your least favorite movement?
I have three – DUs, HSPUs and TTB. I hate them all equally. I have sent a letter to Crossfit Corporate to have them eliminated from the Crossfit dictionary. I have yet to hear back.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?
The best thing is how welcoming everyone is when you come in as a new member. I am sure everyone who has ever joined CFS had some butterflies and was a bit intimidated when they showed up for their first WOD. I certainly was. But when I showed up at 5am for the first time the coach (Kyle) and the veterans made all us newbies feel comfortable. So now that I have been here for a while I try to pay it forward.

Most memorable moment?
I have 2. The first was the CFS Partner Competition over the summer. I had been doing Crossfit for only 3 months and I was very worried about embarrassing myself. But Andy convinced me to do it, and I am glad he did. It was a great time, we finished in 3rd place and I look forward to doing another one soon.

My second memorable moment was hopping on the scale in early September and seeing that I was the lightest I had been since 2002. That was a good feeling!

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?
In 3 months I want to be able to complete every WOD RX without having to scale any of the movements. That means I need to get my technique straight with DUs, HSPUs and TTB.

One year from now I would like to see if I can reach some of the strength numbers I was able to put up when I was in college. Not sure that I can turn the clock back that far but I will try!

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?
My favorite Paleo meal is definitely a nice steak and some spinach. My favorite Non-Paleo foods? Pretty much all of them! Bagels, pasta, pizza, Fruity Pebbles, etc.

What advice would you give a potential new member?
Don’t be a recluse. Part of the fun of joining a gym like this is the camaraderie that you form between the people in your class, kind of like a sports team.

If you choose to just show up and workout without talking to anyone and minding your own business, you are missing a big part of the experience. So make sure you throw around some high fives and fist pumps. Maybe even hug a couple people!

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?
Hulk Hogan. Wouldn’t it be funny doing burpies next to Hulk Hogan?

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Believe it or not I was actually in a Broadway play once. I am not an actor or singer or dancer. Not even close. But one day I took my wife to a play on Broadway and in the lobby before the show someone approached me. They said they needed 3 people to stand in as extras and asked me if I would.

So I said yes and before I knew it I was on stage, and people off to the side were telling me where to stand and what to do. I was on stage for about 45 minutes. It was pretty funny. I don’t think I was overly impressive because I was never asked back. Oh well.