Athlete Spotlight: David E.

David E. 2018

At CrossFit Hale, we like to give a public shout out to folks we feel epitomize our core values: consistency, hard work, positive attitude, overcoming of fears or obstacles and community spirit.

We are lucky enough to have a gym full of amazing people and today we are shining a spotlight on David!

David has been at CrossFit Hale since we opened, about 4.5 years ago. Today you might see him in evening and weekend workouts, crushing it at heavy weights, handstand pushups, and muscle ups. But, David did not start out that way 4.5 years ago. Watching David work hard, and show up day after day, year after year, has shown us all what consistency and tenacity can do. Read on to hear about his first Hale workout (let’s just say it did not go as planned) and where he is now.

Let’s get to know David a little bit better!

Age: 40

Day job:  Electrical Engineer

Dream job: Classical Music Composer

Can you give us some of your benchmark stats?
Clean: 275Lbs. Deadlift: Around 465lbs. Overhead Squat: 245lbs.

What is your athletic/fitness background?

Before Crossfit Hale, basically zero for 12 years. Before that, I did life some weights at 24 Hour Fitness.

What’s your biggest strength in the gym? 
Positive Attitude. I try to stay positive even if the WOD is challenging. I just try to push through it. Sometimes the coaches tell you things that you don’t always agree with, but with the positive attitude you actually see the value in what they are saying. For example – they might tell you not to go as heavy as you would like to or, the other way, they might tell you to go heavier. Keeping a positive attitude will help you not take offense to anything they say and in some cases, that positive attitude will get you to go further than you thought possible.

Biggest weakness?
Cardio work outs – I hate them, especially running.

What’s your drink?
FitAid and Beer. Not in that combination though. I wonder what that would taste like, actually.

What is your current fitness goal? 
Pretty much to stay healthy…that’s it for now, and heal my injuries. I injured my knee recently and I’ve been taking it a bit slow these past few weeks to try to heal, so right now, that’s my goal – try to heal and get strong at the same time.

What do you enjoy most about Hale?
The community! Also, the focus on safety in the movements we learn and do. The environment, which teaches that anyone can do it – you do not need to be all buff and strong to be at CF hale. You just need to show up.

What are some improvements you have made since joining Hale?
Everything! I’m sure many of you have already heard this story, but I passed out on my first day at Crossfit Hale. We were doing some warm ups – goblet squats – and I passed out. So, in terms of improvements, I’ve come a long way!

David E. in 2014

If I have to pick one thing, it’ll have be push ups. I used to hurt my shoulder doing push ups but I’ve learned not to flare my arms out and that’s helping me do push-ups without hurting it. I remember when I first started, I did 90 pushes up in 12 mins. Now I can do 100 push ups in less than 5 mins., without my shoulders hurting! That’s improvement! And with that same technique, muscle ups also became possible – both ring and bar versions.

I also learned so many new things too: Pull ups, handstand push ups- I could not do any of those and now I can! It’s simply amazing how much more I’ve done since joining Hale.

Any advice for those new to or considering Hale?
For those who are new- just be open to the coaching, show up regularly and as often as you can, and have fun.

Most importantly, what do you think is the greatest SPORT MOVIE of all time?

SPORT MOVIE?!!?!?! I’m not into sports movies – I can’t remember any, to be honest.
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