Archive for April, 2014


1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cazenovia, Ny. 20 minutes outside of Syracuse

2. What is your athletic background?

Jack of all trades master of none. Lacrosse in college (elmira), football, hockey, golf, soccer, ski/snowboard, USMC

3. How did you get started with CrossFit?

I had the typical “journey” of self realization… I was still on the “monday = mandatory chest day” routine and closed minded to any other forms of physical fitness. I watched as my brother took up a new diet and a new workout… crossfit. He transformed his muffin top frame in a matter of weeks and had me really questioning just what it was I was doing in the gym. I went in for a “test work out” with Dan. I felt humiliated, and embarrassed, but not for being out of shape, I felt embarrassed of what I considered to be in “good shape”. A very humbling experience

4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?

Oct 17, 2013

5. What are your favorite exercises/WODs?

Power cleans, shoulder presses , and pull ups. Favorite WOD’s? I guess I love a lot of them… when I read them the night before, and then I hate them just before starting, and then I love them again. It’s a vicious cycle

6. What exercises/WODs do you dislike?

Burpees. OHS. anything over 500m on the rowing machine

7. What are you goals with regards to CrossFit?

To have a solid foundation and maintain a healthy lifestyle, to find holes in myself and repair them, have a good sense of community, and have fun

8. In your perfect world, what would you be doing in 10 years?

Nothing. No cell phone, no calendar, no plans… just me and my family

9. Where did you go to high school/college?

Cazenovian HS,  Elmira College, Utica College

10. What is your current occupation?

A manufacturer’s representative for industrial… yawn. Umm I sell things. Gear boxes, drive chain, couplings, etc

11. If you could eat dinner with 3 people past or present, who would you choose?  Furthermore, what would you order for dinner? 

George Washington, Ernest Hemingway, Captain Cook. 3 men who either shaped this country, lived extraordinary lives and lived life to the fullest. I’d order a filet medium rare with another filet on the side.

12. Who is your celebrity crush?

Mila Kunis

13.  What is your favorite movie?

Blow. It’s a great American tragedy, rising and falling from power. and the soundtrack.

14.  What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?

I love the community. It really is a great group of people who have a lot of the same values, and invite everyone in with open arms.

15.  If you could have any car, what would you choose?

1956 chevy C10

16. Tell us something interesting about yourself that we would be surprised to know.

My wife and I had our first kiss during our wedding ceremony… It’s a long story

17. What kind of shampoo do you use and why?

The same one I use on my body (dove men care). Is that weird? It feels like i just divulged too much information

18. Have you ever been out of the country? If so, where and what was your favorite place?

Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, Iraq, Japan, Philippines, Korea. I loved the Philippines, I went on a humanitarian mission during a typhoon and fell in love with the lifestyle, optimistic attitudes of the people and the culture.

19. What were your best and worst subjects in school?

Best- history… worst- math

20. What would you say is your worst personality trait?

My procrastination. I put stuff off until the last minute

21. If you won $100 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?  What is the first frivolous thing you would buy?

Pay off student loans first. call a financial consultant, lawyer and delete my facebook account. After acting responsibly, I’d go out and buy a big log cabin in Lake Tahoe for vacations

22. You are banished to a deserted island for a month and can only bring one person (fictional or real) and one album with you.  Who do you bring and what album do you choose (keep in mind I said album, not song)?

Led Zeppelin Mothership is the album and Robinson Crusoe… you can’t beat experience

23. Who do you consider your role model or inspiration?

I had always looked at Doug Flutie as inspiration. It didn’t matter that he was too short, his heart was too big to fail.

24. What do you feel is the most important invention in the past 100 years?

The cell phone/camera! Were a lucky generation,  we get to delete all the horrible pictures of ourselves with the same device we call each other on

25. What are your favorite sports teams (you can list all teams for all sports you are a fan of)?

NY yankees, Montreal Canadiens, NY giants, Syracuse Basketball

26. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?

With small kids it’s hard to have hobbies, so most of the time its playing “monster”, watching the same disney/pixar movies over and over and early saturday mornings I get to play golf and when the weather is nice