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July Male Athlete of the Month - John Eric!

in by Lindsay

John Eric is a force to be reckoned with in class. He's the guy who you'll try to keep pace with in a workout, and the one who gives you that extra push for the last few reps. He's also always smiling, which is pretty amazing. We've watched him develop into a stronger and faster athlete, while listening to [and applying] the guidance of the coaching staff.

Thanks for always putting in the work, and coming to class hungry for personal growth! Keep it up, John Eric!


1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?

October 2017 at Cross Fit New Haven. I had moved to New Haven in that summer, but didn't realize CFNH was so close to where I lived until September! I did the 6:30 am on ramp with Nadia as the coach and she was fantastic.

2. We’re halfway through 2018 - what are some of your goals to accomplish before the year end?

I would like to be able to do 50 DUs unbroken and learn to do muscle ups.

3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?

Recently I did 4 workouts at RX+ in a week, something I could never have done a few months ago.

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?

To be honest, not really. I eat pretty healthy, with a lot of veggies and not a ton of carbs. I have a protein shake every day around 4pm and try to have plenty of protein at dinner. As for cheat meals, I am a big fan of a good cheeseburger now and then, though to be honest I haven't found one in New Haven I love. Maybe that is a good thing.

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).

WOD1: 5 times for time: 400m run, 20 backsquats at 115, 20 lateral box jumps.

WOD2: Some combination of DLs, HSPUs, RMUs, and DUs -- probably the four things I am the worst at.

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?

I travel a lot for my job -- which is why I occasionally disappear from the DAC for a week or two.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?

I am originally from Eagle River, Alaska.

8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?

Show up. The community is great and the workouts are great. If you can make yourself come 3 or 4 times a week you will get better. I had never done crossfit before I joined and there were a lot of new crossfit-specific movements (kipping pull-ups etc.), but the coaches and other athletes were great about giving me feedback and helping me improve.


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