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 Dan 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!
Dan is a happy guy – every time he walks in the gym, he has a smile on his face. He constantly brings a positive attitude (even on bike/burpee days) and his jolly outlook on life is something we should all strive for! If you didn’t know, Dan LOVES partner workouts!
We asked Dan a few questions so that we can all get to know him a little better:
Here is a little about Dan’s journey through CrossFit so far:
“A few years ago, I had a friend who started CrossFit and it changed his life. He was fitter than he had ever been in his life, and became a CrossFit fanatic. I was intimidated – the training seemed so elite/aggressive – but I took the step to go visit a gym in Savannah. They were a great and supportive group that helped me learn the ropes and develop the core competencies. Since then, the best part of my day is getting to the gym.”
Q: Where are you originally from?
I grew up outside of Athens, GA in Oconee County. I haven’t travelled far – have lived and worked in metro Atlanta mostly since I left UGA. I spent three years in Savannah due to a job transfer.
Q: What class do you attend?
4:30P is the one and only. Work, life, commutes, etc. make it the only option for me.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
I like when we do a variety of “functional movements”, like throwing the sand bags, farmer’s carry, or box jumps. With the bar, overhead squat is my favorite. Partner WODs are extra fun. On the other end, my running needs improvement and I struggle with pull-ups.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
I love to backpack, but only get to do that a few times a year. I mountain bike once or twice a month. I am a decent electric guitarist.
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
I would put Warren Haynes as the best all-around modern guitarist. I don’t listen to radio, just use Spotify and let it take me to undiscovered places. Here are a few songs in my deck recently, take a listen:
- “It Only Hurts” by Default
- “Sovereign Over Us” by Aaron Keyes
- “Before Tomorrow Comes” by Alter Bridge
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I am a middle manager for a Fortune 500 company (sound exciting?). I have four kids, three of which are in college. My brother runs a tree farm in Hawaii.
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
Probably my favorite meals are prepared at home on the grill. That is an area I have skills.
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
When Marshall says we’re “gonna get jacked” and the rare moments I get to return the favor and yell at Chase.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
A good gym should cater to all fitness and skill levels. Scaling options are endless, so you can start from anywhere. Come visit and ask questions. Be honest and humble about where you are but also be excited about where you will be able to go.
Thank you Dan for your contagious smile and for coming to the gym ready to work hard EVERYDAY!