Posts Tagged ‘dan’

Next up is Dan Healy.  The guy is a straight boss at strict muscle ups.  In my short time at 717, I have watched Dan make some really great progress in all aspects of his CrossFit game.  Sky is the limit for this beast from the North.

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small rural town of Montrose, PA. Its north of Scranton/Wilkes Barre and just south of Binghamton, NY. Growing up our nearest neighbor was a half mile down the road…so quite rural.

2. What is your athletic background?

My mother did not like contacts sports so she subtly directed us away from playing any sports in school. I was an avid cyclist in high school and also got my hands on my dad’s old weight set so I did a little bit of lifting. I started skiing in 7th grade and snowboarding in 9th. During the winter of my senior year I was a snowboard instructor. In college I joined the rugby team (yeah, mom was not thrilled). I played from my sophomore year to my senior year. After college I lived in Colorado for four years where I would do a lot of hiking and biking in the mountains and a little bit of snowboarding. In 2006 I participated in a cross country bike ride from Seattle, WA toBoston, MA. I love volleyball but have never played outside the summer picnic pickup game circuit. I’ve whitewater rafted a few times and loved that.

3. How did you get started with CrossFit?

A few years after I had graduated college I went back for a Rugby alumni event. I ran into a friend who had graduated a year after me. He was in Chiropractic school and had also become an avid crossfitter. I was absolutely stunned by the transformation his body had gone through and from that moment on I was very interested in getting into crossfit. He actually gave me the main website, but I didn’t understand the program enough to ever try it on my own. It always stuck in the back of my mind and so whenever it would occur to me I would look around to see if there was a crossfit gym near where I was living at the time. Last fall I stumbled across Crossfit 717 and realized I finally had the opportunity to try it out.

4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?

My first workout ever was open gym on the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year (So short answer is I’ve been doing crossfit for one year). Not fully understanding the psyche of crossfitters I wrongly assumed that on the Saturday after thanksgiving there would be relatively few people at the gym so I could get some one on one attention from the coach and get an idea of what I’d be getting myself into. Unfortunately for me there was a large group of army guys in town for the weekend who stopped by for a workout (and if I remember correctly I think Kristin Foster had brought her dad in that Saturday). Coach Dan decided to put together a killer WOD for them, and failed to really explain to me how I should scale down the workout. I think I made it through about half the rounds before I had to quit. I could barely walk for the next 3 days…Coach Dan has told me he never expected to see me back after I left that day.

5. What are your favorite exercises/WODs?

I love all the gymnastic type exercises. I was obsessed with getting a muscle up when I first started and improving my strength on the rings continues to be one of my top goals.

6. What exercises/WODs do you hate?

I’m not a big fan of anything overhead, mostly because I’m not good at it, however the bane of my existence right now would probably have to be double unders since I still have not mastered them. I’m also not a huge fan of the marathon WODs because I tend to burn out after about 30 minutes of effort.

7. What are your goals with regards to CrossFit?

The answer to that questions is constantly changing. When I first started I was very much interested in cutting my body fat and getting lean. I wanted that “cut” look that coach Dan has. I have dropped my body fat percentage significantly and am a lot more lean than I used to be. I may not be as “cut” as I originally wanted, but that’s no longer a major goal. About six months into crossfit I became very interested in developing more strength, but as a nagging back injury got worse and worse I realized I needed to reassess that goal. Right now my goal is to get my body healthy, so I’m very focused on technique, form, and proper scaling.

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

I will be living in my completely renovated house and running my own business, possibly in the green energy field. I’ll still be crossfitting, and Dan and Kelley will be struggling to get close to my WOD times. Actually, in a perfect world I may not still be living in this area, but I don’t really plan ahead too far. When the urge hits, I have been known to pick up and leave just to try something new. Hence the reason I ended up in Colorado after college. I often find myself yearning to be back in Boulder.

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

I went to Montrose Jr/Sr High school, then did my 4 years of undergraduate work at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA getting a degree in Mathematics. After that I moved out to Colorado and studied at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy.

10. If you could eat dinner with 3 people past or present (besides Jesus who is overused and not that interesting), who would you choose and why?  Furthermore, what would you order for dinner? 

One would definitely have to be my grandfather. I would cherish the opportunity to have one more meal with him, he is the greatest man I have ever known. The other two would probably be the great philosophers George Carlin and Siddhartha Gautama.

11. Who is your celebrity crush?

Natalie Portman

12.  What is your favorite movie and why?

Shawshank Redemption. I think it speaks for itself.

13.  What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?

The community of people is by far the greatest part of Crossfit 717. Without that I would not have stuck with it as long as I have.