Our Member Spotlight for June is Dave!!!! We chose Dave for a number of reasons. As you will see below, Dave has an interesting job and if you follow his facebook posts, he has endured some crazy hours lately, working late into the night and morning, sometimes logging 15 or 20 hour days. Nonetheless, Dave has found a way to get to the box, whether its 6 am, noon, night or weekends. Dave has made his fitness (and with it, his overall sanity) a priority in his life, and because of that dedication, his performance is growing by leaps and bounds. Dave works extremely hard and is a regular at our EWODs, and he hits Open Gym whenever he can. He joined the muscle-up club just a couple of months into his CrossFit career and he continues to improve by the day. We look forward to Dave’s schedule getting a little less hectic to see what another day or two at the box can do for his performance!
Name: David Arconti
When did you start CrossFit?: January 2013
Why did you start CrossFit?: Because Mikey and Shayna are incredible lobbyist on behalf of Crossfit 203. Other than that I joined because I was ready to break through my comfort zone in terms of my fitness routine.
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Favorite WOD: Any Chipper WOD
Least Favorite Lift: I have a healthy hatred for Wall Balls and Deadlifts
Least Favorite WOD: KAREN
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? I believe it was a FGB. I was too shot afterwards to form coherent thoughts.
Greateast CrossFit Achievement so far: Setting a previous snatch PR during Open WOD 13.1. I had started crossfit about 6 weeks earlier and I was nowhere near snatching 135 pounds as of two weeks prior to 13.1. During 13.1 I failed 5 times in a row at my initial attempt to snatch 135 pounds. Luckily Kim was standing nearby and gave me a quick visualization/technique tip and before I knew it I completed 11 reps of the 135 pound snatch portion of the WOD before the 17 minutes were up.
CrossFit Goal for 2013: Snatch 185lbs and try my hand at some competitions.
Favorite song/music to WOD to: Kid Cudi pursuit of happiness (Project X remix)
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: I am currently the youngest member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. I come from a long line of public servants and grew up around politics. Public service has always been important to me; I always hoped an opportunity to run for public office would present itself. Last year the stars aligned when the previous State Representative from the 109th District decided to not seek re-election. After six months of a grueling campaign I was sworn in to the Connecticut General Assembly at the ripe old age of 26.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should…. Be on the Connecticut sales tax exemption list.”
Other comments?: I foresee the Crossfit Community being a catalyst for serious health policy changes in our State and Country as a whole. There is an ongoing debate on how to reduce healthcare costs. A big piece to that puzzle (in my opinion) is prevention and lifestyle change. CrossFit is more than working out for six pack abs and big biceps; it is an overall lifestyle change for the better. CrossFit provides a network of mutual support and human connection, which as a society we can greatly benefit from.
Schedule Note and WOD Spoiler: There will be NO Open Gym on Monday. Also, we will be working some of your weaknesses on Friday during class. You will have to choose two of them and do an ‘every-minute-on-the-minute’ workout with those movements. Please come to class with something in mind. See you there!
Kim flying through her OHS's
Iron Mary, Elsa, Nate and Natalie getting through their KBS's
Kirk Daddy with the 2 pood
Craig at the top of his swing