We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Joe yet (or even if you have), make sure to give him a high five and a smile next time you see him at the gym!
Here is a little about Joe’s journey through CrossFit so far:
“I have always been what I describe as “hyper-competitive” in everything I do. I played sports my whole life, and desperately needed an outlet once I stopped wrestling in college. It took about 4 years, but eventually I found CrossFit. I felt at home with the group training and competitive atmosphere that I had always loved so much about team sports.
About 6 months into CrossFit, I did my first local competition and was hooked. My focus in CrossFit competitions is not necessarily where I place – I get the most out of way that it allows me to have a different mindset. Being involved in competitive CrossFit on the local level has helped me to recognize the importance of seeing each day in the gym as an opportunity to improve as an athlete as opposed to worrying about the score on the board. It is extremely draining both mentally and physically to push for every last rep and second on the clock. I absolutely love pushing myself that hard in competition, but to be able to remain active long term, I have to be able to recognize what will help long term health and growth vs. posting the highest score on the whiteboard. Training has be fun in order for it be a positive addition to your life and I know that for my own personal journey, I am happiest in my day-to-day training without the wear and tear on my body and mind that a competitive mindset brings.”
We asked Joe a few other questions to get to know him better – they are answered below in his own words:
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
Any type of water related activity, boats, floats, swimming etc.