Behind the scenes with our BootCamp Athlete of the Month, David.
What made you decide to join our Novem BootCamp?
I started doing Bootcamp classes when I lived in New Hampshire and I knew I wanted to keep that going. I moved back to Philadelphia two years ago and I think I did drop in classes at every Bootcamp/CrossFit gym in the city before landing at Novem. Honestly, I was about to join another gym, but thought I would give Novem a try just in case. I’m glad I did! The coaches and athletes here were much more open and welcoming to new faces more so than all the other places I tried. People were always smiling when you walked in the door.
Name a fitness goal that you have.
Short term, continue to work on getting the most out of every class that I can and force myself to work on the movements that I struggle with. As I get older I know that my engine isn’t what it used to be, so I try to focus on doing the movements as correctly as I can as opposed to doing them as fast as I can. In the long term, I would like to get into good enough shape to race my KTM as a privateer in the Dakar rally and film the journey.
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I’ll keep this athletic related. When I was 16 I was a trialist with a professional soccer team in West London. The team technically no longer exists. Feel free to ask me about it sometime, it’s kind of a funny story. Well, maybe more self-deprecating than funny.
What is your Athletic background?
I played organized sports ever since I could remember. In high school I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and I even kicked for the football team. A typical week in my teen years would include playing a soccer match one night, kicking field goals for the football team the next, and then playing a Fall Legion double-header baseball game the day after that. Somewhere in there throw in a basketball practice as well. Repeat and mix throughout the different seasons and you get the picture. I went to college to play soccer, but the second day into training I broke my ankle and severely ruptured some tendons. I have not played an organized sport since. I know Bootcamp fills this void for me and gives me a different challenge each day.
What is your Favorite and Least Favorite Movement? Why?
My favorite movement is push-ups. I know that sounds boring with all of the other cool stuff we get to do, like swing heavy things above our head, climb around pull up bars, and slam basketball sized sand bags to the ground. On the surface push-ups look like a simple movement, but I like how I can concentrate on other parts of my body (abs, glutes …) while I do them and really get the most out of each rep. As far as my least favorite movement, well I think I have cursed every movement in my head at least a dozen times, depending on how they are placed into various workouts. However, if I have to choose one it has to be One-Arm Overhead KB squats. My shoulder mobility has improved 10 fold since I joined Novem, but it still has a long way to go. It will come one day, I just have to keep working on it.
How has BootCamp changed your outlook on everyday life?
Bootcamp has made me more patient with myself. I would get frustrated if I didn’t do something correctly or if I messed something up in my normal day- to-day life. Bootcamp makes me realize that you might not be great at something at first, but working on it and focusing on improving yourself, you can accomplish things that you never thought you could.