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January 2015 Athlete of the Month

To kick off the new year, we have a first Athlete of the Month for 2015.  Each month, we will be honoring one of our members who exemplifies what it means to be part of the Industrial Athletics Community.  He or she will be someone who always puts forth a positive and supportive attitude in class, demonstrates a strong sense of community inside and outside of the gym, pushes himself/herself to always be a better athlete, shows respect to our coaches, and arrives on time to class.  The winner will have a chance to tell everyone a little bit out himself/herself.

The January 2015 Athlete of the Month is:


1.      Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Rumson, NJ, which is on the north jersey shore.
2.     If not from Pittsburgh, what brought you to Pittsburgh?
I moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2007 after beginning a job at the county crisis program.
3.     Where do you work?
Currently I am a doctoral intern at the University of Pittsburgh counseling center, which is one the last steps of my graduate training in psychology.
4.     What is your favorite hobby?
I love science-fiction, both movies and books.
5.     How did you discover CrossFit?
The lovely and talented Megan Vereb dragged me to a class.  It was terrifying, so I came back.
6.     When did you start CrossFit?
February of 2011.  My first WOD was alternating tabata deadlifts and burpees.  My score was 1.
7.     Why did you start CrossFit?
I was the kid picked last in gym (well when I wasn’t cutting class), so crossfit allowed me to explore what it means to be an athlete.  It was also a VERY helpful way to loose body fat, and gain lean muscle.
8.     What is your favorite thing to do in CrossFit?
9.     What is your least favorite thing to do in CrossFit?
10.  What is the number 1 thing you want to get better at?
11.  What is your favorite part about coming to CrossFit at Industrial Athletics?
I have two favorite parts: 1. The community.  Something about spending time with people in their gym clothes and sweating lends itself to becoming part of a team.  I think this is why we cheer for one another.  2. The coaching.  I love the different voices and styles of the various coaches.  This diversity of voices makes my experience as an athlete at Industrial Athletics exceptional.