David Wheeler-Reed is what he repeatedly does, which is bulking up, steak night, and hopefully instigating the return of grunge. And now, he is CrossFit New Haven's Male Athlete of the Month! Read on:
1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I started CrossFitting a little over a year ago. But, I don’t think I really understood what I was doing until about two or three months ago. As Coach Poach has told me on numerous occasions, it takes awhile to get the techniques down.
2. How have your goals and/or motivations changed in the last year? What are some of your goals for 2017?
Yes. My goals have changed. When I first started CrossFitting, I just wanted to maintain and define. But now I kind of want to get strong and bulk up a bit. Growing up, I was terrible at sports. Also, I was skinny and mostly a brainiac. CrossFit is my first experience of feeling like an athlete. As far as 2017 goals go, I want to take CrossFit much more seriously. By the end of 2017, I want to be hitting that RX button a lot more than I do now.
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Well… I’m really proud of the fact that I recently published a book with Yale University Press, titled, Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire: Ideology, the Bible, and the Early Christians. It will come out this Fall. I’m also ecstatic about my last visit to my tailor. A few weeks ago I purchased some dress pants and a sport coat for the summer. Tony, my tailor, had to take the pants in about an inch, and I discovered that my chest size had increased by an inch. As Tony said to me, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it.” I attribute that to CrossFit.
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 would say that 90% of the time I adhere to a Paleo diet. Coach Poz and I cheat a bit on Thursday nights when we go out for steak night. For the record, “cheat a bit’ is code for “cheat a lot.”
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).
Hmm… I suppose my ideal WOD would consist of bicep curls, ab mat sit ups, bench press, and deadlifts. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Maybe I would throw in a 200m run or two just to spice things up. My nightmare WOD would be 30 minutes of double-unders, power cleans, front squats, wall balls, rowing, and bear crawls.
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
When I’m not at CFNH, I work as a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale Divinity School. I’m also a visiting assistant professor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies department at Albertus Magnus College. Trust me, it keeps me busy.
7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
Before I went to college, I studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology. I wanted to start a grunge band. I wanted to be Eddie Vedder. I still do.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Motivational thoughts? Hmm… there’s something Aristotle once said that comes to mind: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Every CrossFitter should say that to themselves ten times a day.