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November Male Athlete of the Month: Andre Picard

in by Lindsay

Wait... Andre's only been at CFNH for 9 months? It feels like it's been years, and we wouldn't have it any other way! Andre is truly an integral part of our community; He is incredibly kind, encouraging of his fellow CFNH'ers, and a true motivation for so many of us. We can't wait to see what he'll accomplish [and help others accomplish] in the next year.

Keep an eye on this guy. He's going places.


1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I started my CrossFit journey here at CFNH about a year ago. I had some random dude with the last name Haggerty as my on ramp coach. I think that's what his name was. Anyways, he was a great coach and got me pumped up to finally join the regular classes. I was a regular at my gym for a few years prior to starting CrossFit, but it was amazing how humbling it was even from my first on ramp class.

2. Tell us how your goals and/or motivations have changed in the last year.  Since we're most of the way through 2017, is there anything you’d like to accomplish before the years end?
Oh man, from the time I started until now, my goals have been all over the map. I feel like they change constantly. Coming out of on-ramp I wanted to get more comfortable with a barbell. I was always very athletic and in the gym consistently, but the OLY barbell work found in most WODs was fairly new to me. I was no where near proficient with a bar. As I started to get more comfortable in some of those areas, I started pushing my goals a bit, chasing butterfly pull-ups, then ring muscle-ups, not sucking on the assault bike so much (no really, thats still a goal of mine). I could go on for hours. 2 things top of mind for goals before the year is out is to get some more time with the squat snatch, and some handstand work. Squat snatching some decent weight and handstand walks being the ultimate goals.

Lastly there has been no shortage of motivation for me at CFNH. It's always humbling to see everyone working their butts off, never stopping, taking minimal rest, grinding all the way until the clock hits time. Seeing people hit their own goals, getting their first pull-ups, hearing the sounds of their first double unders, etc... all inspire me to chase all the things I'm not good at or have yet to achieve.

3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
I had a set back with a knee injury that I've put a lot of time and effort into bouncing back from as fast as I could. That aside I recently did a competition where I set several of my own PRs. And finally my weights have started climbing again. I refused to say I could do triple-unders until I could hit double digits consistently, and after several lacerations and burning desires to toss my jump rope across the gym, I have them!!! But probably my most proud moment as of recently was being part of the team that took 1st place in the APK civilian ruck race! Being there with our whole CFNH fam and the whole vibe and atmosphere was super inspiring. 

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've been blessed with this fantastic super power of being able to avoid sweets. No really, they do nothing for me. Weird. I know. You'll win powerball and get stuck by lighting twice before you see me eating cake, brownies, cookies, etc. During the week I stay pretty disciplined. Lean meats (lean beef, fish, chicken, turkey), vegetables, rice, potatoes, I don't shy from carbs. (Did I just say that out loud?!) HOWEVER...My dream cheat meal would consist of more pizza then I know what to do with. I'm a sucker for Bacon Pizza and a good double IPA. And I have this random obsession with Hot Dogs and Corn Dogs. So yeah, some of those too!! And I think I’d conclude my day with the largest “table spoon” (shovel, same thing) of peanut butter you could imagine.

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).

Leave it to the graphic designer to have a creative block when being asked to design 2 WODS. I love the shorter, fast, all out workouts. Get it done fast and finish.

"5-0'clock some where"
5 rounds for time
5 Back squats @ 135/95
5 Bar Muscle-Up
50 Double Unders

A workout that would make me cringe...

"War Games"
4 rounds of
12 DB(2) PushPress (40/20)
15/12 Cal Assault Bike
8 Dumbell Thrusters (40/20)
Rest 2:00 Min
Repeat 3 times.

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
Who spends time away from CFNH? Asking for a friend.

No really though, I'm all over place and super active. Love to be outside. My wife and I love going to different breweries on the weekend hunting down our next favorite beer and occasionally our next favorite pizza or burger joint.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I'm a rather quiet "onion". Peel back the layers and one would notice my A-D-D and my inability to sit still. From a life of hockey up through years of skydiving, racing motorcycles, and shooting down steel plates, there are many things in between that I don't necessarily talk about that people would have no idea I did. That's what draws me to CrossFit. There are plenty of things that you have to spend time to get good at. So as someone whose mind and interests run all over the place, CrossFit can keep me busy for a while.

8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Man oh man where to begin. I guess one of my biggest take aways and suggestions for someone coming into CFNH is DO NOT STOP. Even in your hardest most challenging workouts, keep going. When you think you've hit your limit, you always have just a little more to give. As long as you can keep moving, you'll always surprise yourself with the end result. If it's slow, who cares. If it's really fast, who cares. What matters is that you keep moving, and keep digging. Anyone can go until they're a little tired, then stop.


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