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February Male Athlete of the Month - Eric Fan!

in by Lindsay

Eric Fan started his CFNH journey about 4 years ago, and hasn't looked back. He's a hard worker, with a goal to continue to learn, grow and become a more experienced athlete. He's already proven how far he's come, with his anecdotes of utilizing his functional fitness skills to prevent injuries outside of the gym. That's what it's all about: becoming a healthier, fitter version of you. After all, CrossFit is meant to prepare us for any physical contingency- for the unknown and unknowable. 

1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?
It’s been 4 years now @ CFNH. My decision to start came during a ski trip when a teenage snowboarder, with the build like Corey, barreled right into me. When I regained consciousness,  “Corey” was standing over me essentially unscathed saying ”Dude are you OK?”. I said to myself then that I got to get into better shape. So I joined CFNH that month thinking I’ll do it only a few months. But with Coach Whitney doing a fantastic job leading my on ramp class and how enjoyable it has been with all the great coaches and fellow Crossfit members, I don’t want to stop.

2. It’s a brand new year, which means setting new goals! What are some of your new goals for 2018?
Coach Mike Poz helped me get intermittent double unders a couple of years ago. Hopefully I can start doing them unbroken this year.

3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Several weeks ago, I ran out of soap in the shower. I went to the sink to get soap, but then the mat slipped from under me. It could have been bad, but I caught myself holding a perfect side plank. Thank you CFNH!

4. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I eat gluten free and do intermittent fasting once in a while. With the Crossfit workouts it really works to keep the weight down. But my favorite cheat meal is burgers (gluten free bun) from Shake Shack and chili cheese fries from Order of Fries on State St. You’re welcome!

5. Design 2 WODs:  1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).
My favorite WODs are the  3 x 4min AMRAPs that includes push presses, back squats, box jumps and power cleans. The 2 min rest in between makes a big difference.

My WOD from hell would be 25 min of bear crawls and burpees and still I don’t think I’ll be good at them.

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
I spend the most of my time in the office but like to travel, hike, cycle, and ski when I can.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I think the shower story was pretty revealing!

8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Joining CFNH was pretty much the best thing I’ve done for my health. Don’t be afraid on keeping up because one can scale any movements. The coaches are tfantastic and will accommodate your needs. The environment is very friendly and the new gym is beautiful!


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