Congratulations to T.J. White  for winning the Do Work award.  T.J.  epitomizes everything that is great about the CFS community! Get to know him a little bit better below:

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Just over 2 years (I started in Nov, 2011)

Why did you join CrossFit Stamford?

I was getting bored with a local globo-gym. Also, I never knew if my workouts were technically proficient or even right for my body. I’ve lifted for years, but I never took the time to track my progress or be properly coached. I was doing the same things with few results to show for it! So, a co-worker mentioned how challenging CF was and he convinced me to join….and I’m not looking back!!!

What is your favorite movement?

OLY movements, with my favorite being the snatch. When you hit it right, it’s fluid, the bar feels weightless and suddenly you’ve got all this weight above your head- that is just an awesome feeling. It can also be one of the most frustrating movements because it demands technical proficiency – it feels like I’m always learning it and I enjoy that challenge.

What is your least favorite movement?

I hate thrusters with a passion.

What is the best thing about CrossFit Stamford?

Hands-down, the atmosphere. I’m fortunate to be able to get to classes at different times and have met a ton of great people. Even on those days when I come in not really in the mood to work out, there is always someone to cheer you on. I never leave feeling like I haven’t accomplished something or not challenged myself. A close runner up is the coaches. I appreciate their passion, intensity and knowledge. They set the tone for the workout. Go Thunder Ducks!

Most memorable moment?

Well, besides an incident at a local bowling alley (those who know are sworn to secrecy!), my first muscle up was SWEET. I was like, “wtf, did that just happen?!”

What are your fitness goals 3 months & 1 year from now?

3 months: hit new PRs in the C&J and snatch (currently 185, 155); 1 year from now is hard to say, but I’d like to get back to Rx WODs more regularly

What are your favorite Paleo & non Paleo foods?

Paleo – a medium rare filet mignon Non-Paleo – Reese’s peanut butter cups or a pint of Guinness (new Ben & Jerry’s combination?)

What advice would you give a potential new member?

A few things: don’t get too discouraged. Look, we aren’t perfect: we can’t hit a PR every time we work out. Shit, sometimes you just come in and just have an awful day. But that discouragement can’t hold you back. Let it fuel your fire to come back and work harder. Also, don’t compare yourself to others. Do what works for you – scale the workout if that means you’ll be doing the movements correctly. CF has been very humbling for me. Initially, I got hung up on whiteboard scores and I sometimes pushed myself too hard to the point of injury, but I learned from that. Rob P. quoted John Wooden: Personal success is measured against one’s own potential, not that of someone else.

A celebrity joins the gym, who do you hope it is and why?

I’d love to see Annie Thorisdottir crush a WOD at CFS. I’m simply amazed at her strength and conditioning and isn’t she just so darn cute?! But, how cool would it be to have Pearl Jam or Tool rock out live during one of our WODs?!

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I studied abroad in Ireland for 4 months and it was probably the best experience of my life. I had the opportunity to go to Northern Ireland as the Troubles were ending. Walking around Belfast and seeing British troops patrolling neighborhoods with machine guns and neighborhoods separated by walls topped with barbed wire (separating Catholics and Protestants) was very eye-opening. The experiences made me appreciate my freedom, what our country stands for, and the people in my life. Life is good.