Although Joel won our Member of the Month award in July, when I was looking through our attendance records for the year and noticed that he was number one in attendance by a landslide and thought about his dedication and infectiously positive attitude, I instantly knew there was no one else we could give our Member of the Year for 2016 to.
With an astonishing 284 classes in 2016, Joel attended 30 more classes than his next closest “competitor” and averaged almost 24 classes a month. He also did this almost exclusively at the 6 am class (minus Saturdays), which is impressive in and of itself.
I’m not going to spill the beans on how old Joel is, I’ll let him decide if he’d like to, but I will say that as one of our masters athletes, he is someone that inspires me daily with his will to improve and dedication to our program. He is always ready to rock when class starts, moves with intent, is a regular in the extra credit club, and never fails to crack a good joke and get the class laughing.
I can’t think of anyone that I’d prefer to be our role model for a successful 2017 as a gym and community. Keep up the good work Joel and hopefully we’ll see you hit 300 this year!
Here is a little fun Q&A with Joel:
(Coach Dave): What are some new things that you have learned about yourself since starting CrossFit?
(Joel): I had not ever done Olympic lifting and not that much in the area of body weight exercises, so those took some getting used to. Especially the Olympic lifting and I feel like I’m still learning the movements and improving my technique.
(D): What improvements have you seen outside the gym?
(J): More energy, better concentration and better sleep.
(D): You attended nearly 300 classes this year, what were you avoiding outside of the gym that made you spend so much time here?
(J): I don’t really think that it’s a question of what I’m avoiding anything… I’m really a creature of habit and I like a routine. Going to Croga for the 6 AM class is part of my morning routine. If Croga had a 6 AM Saturday class, I’d probably be there.
(D): What’s the best part of working out with the 6 am crew?
(J): The camaraderie and Esprit De Corps along with a group of like-minded people that want to improve their physical well-being.
(D): Star Wars or Star Trek and why?
(J): Star Trek the TV show, because I’m a traditionalist and a William Shatner fan. “Beam me up Scotty!”
(D): If you could have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Bonus points if you pick a paleo friendly meal!
(J): Well, it would need to include not just the food but the environment and who I’m sharing the meal with.
So, the ‘who’ would be friends and family members. The ‘environment’ would be La Palapa Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, right on the beach for a candlelight dinner. And the dinner would be…
Wine Séptima Sauvignon Blanc (Argentina)
Appetizer: LOBSTER AND SHRIMP TAQUITOS, pickled onions, watercress and papaya salad, creamy chipotle dressing
Entrée: PAN SEARED SCALLOPS, red bell pepper polenta, salad, miso and orange sauce
Dessert: Chocolate lava cake, vanilla ice cream
After Dinner Drink: Mexican Flaming Coffee
I’m probably not getting a very good Paleo score, right?
(D): What was the first album that you ever bought?
(J): The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ 1965
(D): If you could have a conversation with anyone that ever existed, dead or alive, who would it be?
(J): Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.
(D): What cartoon character do you resemble the most?
(J): Elmer J. Fudd: “Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Because he never gives up.
(D): Anything else you would like to add?
(J): It is a great honor to be selected member of the year. Thank you.