July "Athlete Spotlight"

CF231 IS PROUD TO "SPOTLIGHT"

TOMMY SUHRLAND

"ATHLETE OF THE MONTH" FOR JULY 2017

If you arrive at the gym @ 8:30 am any day with the exception of Saturday, you will probably run into Tommy. What you will notice initially is Tommy always seems to be in a great mood. You will see prior to class, Tommy immediately starts his stretching routine and continuing with the WOD prep. He takes his warm-up very seriously, as he prepares for whatever Crossfit throws his way. Tommy is a gifted Crossfitter, he is strong, flexible, fast and focused. Over a 1 ½ year period Tommy has made tremendous improvements in his technique which has been the  foundation to his increased strength. If you watch Tommy perform a “snatch” you will know exactly what we are talking about.  Tommy participated in the Crossfit Open this past year, and is already thinking about preparing for next years open….now that is focus. We are very fortunate to have Tommy as a member of CF231. Congratulations……………………Tommy

Get to know Tommy a little better by reading our CF231 “Athlete of the Month” interview below.

What is your occupation?

Salon owner (Babylon and Park Slope)

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I have been Crossfitting 1 ½ years

What brought you to CF231?

Chase and Mary convinced me to come down and give it a try.

What was your first impression of Crossfit after your first “real” wod?

I loved it…loved the feeling of dying and then coming back to life……

What makes CF231 special to you?

That everyone is sharing a common goal and the real sense of community. Everyone is always encouraging and truly care about their fellow members..

Favorite movements?

Clean and Snatch

Least favorite movements?

Bench press and WALLBALLS (ugh)

 What movements would make up your favorite WOD?

I think it would be snatches, kettlebell swings and Turkish get-ups

What motivates you to keep coming back each day?

I think coming to the gym and trying to push the limit each time. I feel I have made some progress with this training mind-set.

Something no one at the gym knows about you?

I’m pretty transparent can’t really think of anything I’ll get back to you

What has been the most challenging part of your Crossfit journey?

Believe it or not getting up and making the 8:30 am class. I’m not a morning person.

Short term goals?

Getting a muscle up and perfecting my handstand walk.

Long term goals?

Preparing for next years open. I would like to RX all the workouts.

What/Who motivates or inspires you?

Actually it’s the coaches, they are encouraging and knowledgeable

Favorite Quote?

 This is my favorite quote…

“I did yesterday what they wouldn’t, so today I can do what they can’t”

Love it…….

Have you made any changes in your diet or workouts that have been the most successful?

My diet has always been pretty good…however “Sugar is the Enemy”

Favorite Cheat Meal?

Cookies and more Cookies

What Superhero are you?

Definitely Batman…..He does all that “without” any superpowers.

Favorite workout music?

Any music…….. except Coach Chris’s Country (sorry coach just being honest)

Best Vacation?

Puerto Rico… love it there

Advice for a new member or someone thinking of trying CrossFit?

You are going to have to get used to taking small steps, it takes time to get comfortable with the movements. Don’t rush it, and try not to be intimidated…easier said then done.