June 2019: Athlete of the Month – Coach Kevin
What inspired you start CrossFit? How did your journey begin?
- I accidentally bumped into CrossFit on the internet back in 2012. I was starting to get bored with going to New York Sports Club and wanted to try out something new. I saw that a CrossFit gym was opening up in Scarsdale and decided to try out the trial class. Fast forward to today: it was the best decision I’ve ever made!
Tell us a little bit about yourself…what’s is a typical day for you? Anything you’d like to share?
- My life mainly consists of: -Coaching the early morning classes at BMCF of course! -Following my powerlifting program in preparation for my next meet in September -Reading new books and listening to podcasts for my own personal self-development -Keeping up with my yoga & meditation practice on the weekends -Going to the Alamo Drafthouse to catch the latest movies! -Will be trying out a form of dancing really soon!
What was your athletic background before CrossFit?
- Before CrossFit I was mainly into Mixed Martial Arts. I trained in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga diligently right until I attended my first CrossFit class back in 2012.
What has been your favorite CrossFit memory?
Getting my first bar muscle-up during the 2016 Open!
What is your favorite exercise/movement or workout, and what is your least favorite?
- Back Squats & Cleans are my MOST favorite lifts and a workout I really enjoy is Fight Gone Bad because of how the timeframe simulates an MMA fight. Anything involving Snatches or the Overhead Squat would be my least favorite honestly.
What do you feel has been the biggest fitness goal or movement/skill you have achieved so far?
- Dropping from 222lbs to currently 194lbs has personally been my biggest achievement thus far!!
What is at least one fitness goal you have for yourself in the future?
- To adopt a better nutritional approach & stick to it for my next powerlifting meet in September
Who inspires you/who is your hero and why?
- Superman, not for his strength but who he personally represents to me as a person. Being a genuinely kind individual and doing things for the greater good of people is something I strive for in my personal & professional lives.
What advice would you give people just starting CrossFit?
- You don’t know how far it’ll take you until you’ve tried. You could become the best version of yourself, or you could even become a Coach someday. Never say never