Name: Dan Teichman
How long have you been doing CrossFit? Almost 2 years, I think I started my on-ramp back in April of 2014.
What is your favorite exercise or workout? Some people will think I’m nuts, but I love Thrusters. In my opinion, the Thruster is the definitive Crossfit exercise, working the whole body. Building on that, I would say my favorite Crossfit workout is probably Fran. I remember one workout not too long ago where we did three 2-minute rounds of Thrusters and OTB Burpees, and I thought someone was going to have to peel me off the floor with a spatula afterwards….but I still love Thusters 🙂
What is your least favorite exercise or workout? I think it would be the Prowler….pushing it from the lower handles,,,,,in the summertime….when it’s 90 degrees out….and the excruciating sound of metal scraping against concrete,,,,ugh!
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals? My goal when joining Crossfit was to get more challenge and variety in my workouts. Working out from home, I found I was very limited in what I could do, and the workouts became boring as a result. I also found that I had reached a point where I had just leveled off and wasn’t progressing any further. Since joining Crossfit, I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life now, and I haven’t even been doing it for two years yet. It’s been an awesome experience. I also love the fact that I’m doing something different every day. It never gets boring!
Describe your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment? My “A-ha” moment was when I was able to kip pull-up. When I started Crossfit, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out kipping. To the naked eye, it just looked like swinging on monkeybars (lol). Then we started practicing candlestick holds in class, and then gradual kipping from the candlestick hold, and then when we got to pull-ups out of the kipping, one day it just clicked, and once it clicks, it’s amazing how they just come naturally after that. Kind of like learning to ride a bike 🙂
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? Crossfit totally de-stresses me! I used to let a bad or tough day at work carry home with me and linger in my head. Now, after work I go straight to Crossfit, and the minute I get to the gym, I completely forget about everything else. The workouts are awesome from a physical standpoint, but they are also the best thing in the world for relieving stress!
What advice would you give people just starting CF? I would say, set a schedule of how many days a week you want to attend, and stick with it. There’s going to be days when your body is sore…really sore. You won’t feel like coming in those days, but trust me, your body will feel so much better as soon as you roll it out and get through the warm-up. Also, you’ll probably settle on a certain class that you attend. If you can’t make it to that class, be sure to get to one of the other classes offered that day. In addition to making sure you get your workout in, it’s a good way to meet some of the other members not typically at your usual class. The only classes I haven’t been able to attend so far are the 5:00 and 6:00 morning classes. Don’t know if my body can function that early! Also, don’t feel like you’ve got to kill it every day. There’s going to be days when your body just isn’t at it’s peak performance level. Use those days wisely and just make sure you’re getting a good workout in. Have fun and enjoy your workouts!
Anything else you want to add? Crossfit truly is for people of all ages, and at all fitness levels, and I can’t imagine a better place to do Crossfit than here at CFBN! The coaches are all amazing at what they do, and it’s a fantastic community to be a part of!
Note from the Coaches: Dan is and has been a hard worker since he stepped through the door on his first day! Dan is very welcoming of anyone new and always has a positive attitude. As coaches it is such a pleasure having Dan in our classes and every single one of us have enjoyed watching his progress throughout his time here! Keep up the good work Dan!