OCF Member of the Month – March 2017
Tom became a member back in September and from the moment he came to the gym, he has made an impression on the coaches and the community. Tom showed up for his intro class over an hour early so that he could stretch on his own. He has always taken responsibility for his progress and he is always looking for more knowledge to be a better version of himself.
Tom is over 70 years old, but he doesn’t let any of that stop him from trying to be better with each class or opportunity. He recently completed the OLY 101 session where he worked on making his lifting form and he also took place in the 2017 Open finishing every workout!
He has been a new addition to the 7:30 pm Wolfpack crew and he is always a lively, smiling face around the gym with great energy. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a big part of the #ocffam and we think it’s safe to say he is an inspiration to everyone!
Get to know Tom!
1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
Two two years ago, at LA-Fitness, a trainer who did CrossFit started me on HIIT WODs. He told me he thought I could do CrossFit, so I signed up for what was called 101 at a downtown box. I never made it as far regular Crossfit WODs , because I was intimidated by the accomplished athletes.
The intro to Oly was minimal and I thought this is sure path to injury. On the internet, I started looking at other boxes and I saw O’hare offered Oly classes. I came for $21 for 21, signed up for Oly, and then, after appraising the coaches and classes, committed for 12 months!
I think that the fitness/performance approach is perfect for a beginner.
2. What time of day do you come in?
3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
Hate: One legged movements i.e., RDL’s and the like
Love: Thrusters (when I engage my legs for the OH)
4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
To be functional in Olympic Lifting.
5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why. (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
Three athletes: Susie Castro, Rocio Delgado , and Lupe Garcia.
They have all but exploded my stereotypes of male athletic prowess, i.e., bulging muscles, etc. All three are really strong, possess great stamina, and execute CrossFit movements with the precision and skill I ASPIRE to.
6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I lived with homeless folk in the Ocala National Forest for six months. We subsisted on food stamps and dumpster diving. I loved the people and was the healthiest I’ve ever been.
Went down to Florida in December and stayed until July; I only left because every insect there bites in the summer. I was called Swami Tommy by all who knew me; this was 8 years ago.
7. You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with you?
Guacamole and Ezra Pound’s Cantos with a guide to the Cantos
8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
Made me more capable of doing the landscaping tasks; this summer I will be building a waterfall for my Koi Pond and trimming trees for the first time in 6 years.
9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
Workouts before CrossFit were exclusively running.
10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10:
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