Our #MondayMember this week is.....ED!
Ed, similar to Prince or Madonna, doesn’t need a last name! Such a S-T-U-D!
We asked Ed to tell us about his experience at HCF. Please take a moment to read his very kind words. Thank you Ed. We think the world of you!
“My experiences at HCF have been extremely beneficial to my health, my fitness, and my overall well-being. I’ve learned new skills, made many new friends, and I’ve really learned a lot about myself. Crossfit has helped me think about goal setting and the importance of technique, following a plan, and putting in the effort. All of these apply elsewhere too - at home and at work."
"Crossfit has also helped me think differently about what I eat (as fuel), how much sleep I get, how to listen to my body when I need to rest, and how to push through fatigue - and sometimes discomfort - to accomplish different objectives. All of this is easier said than done, which for me means I don't always get it right. As a parent, these considerations are all transferrable to the things my wife Liz and I are trying to instill in our children. I am convinced that exposing our children to the Crossfit community is already having a positive impact on how they learn, how they perform at sports and other activities, and how they interact with and respect others."
"At HCF, and thanks to a great group of coaches, I am learning gymnastics and Olympic lifts – both of which I had zero experience in growing up and never envisioned that I would be doing. The neat part of the learning process in Crossfit is that everything is measurable and each of us can see how far we have progressed over time. It’s sometimes sobering to realize how far I have to go to be proficient at some of the movements, but at HCF – and I suspect at most other good Crossfit communities – I am never made to feel inadequate. At HCF, the coaches and athletes have created an incredibly supportive environment where effort and applying proper movement techniques are always valued way above results."
"The best part about Crossfit in general and at HCF especially is the people I have met and I get to work out with and interact with on a daily basis. We may each have very similar or very different life experiences, but I think we all share common goals to improve our overall fitness, to learn new skills, to push beyond our comfort zones, and to build and strengthen friendships. We cheer for each other, we laugh, we pick each other up when one of us is struggling to complete a movement, hit a lift or finish a workout – and one thing that you immediately learn is that everyone struggles at some point (and multiple times). I think this is what bonds us together. I proudly consider all of HCF’s owners, coaches and athletes as my very good friends, and it’s nice that we live in a smaller community because I get to see a lot of my HCF family at various spots around Madison and along the CT shoreline."
Family: My wife Liz and I have three amazing children: Ella (11), Timothy (10), and Matthew (7)
Work: I develop and lead strategic business initiatives for Travelers Insurance
Athletic background: I played college basketball at Manhattanville College (D-III)
Fitness fun fact: To prep for basketball season one year in high school, I worked out unofficially with the cross-country team. On a whim, I entered my first race and placed 1st out of 100+ runners. (I promptly retired from cross-country the next week when I finished 5th at a bigger race)”
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Posted on Mon, April 9, 2018
by Jessica Dean