Dean is one of our 6am CrossFitters who always walks in the door with a determination to improve his overall health by striving to achieve more each and every day. Dean has range of motion limits but that does not deter him from always working towards improvement. With this, he is a shining example for other members to do the same regardless of their limitations. Dean represents being a Freak at it’s highest level. We are very proud and lucky to have him in our Freakin community.
Tell us about yourself? I am a Weston resident. Married the girl that I had a crush on for 19 years until we finally went on our first date. We have two kids. I am a chiropractor.
What made you start CrossFit? I was told 4 years ago that I need a total knee replacement. I couldn’t get up out of a chair. I couldn’t walk. I definitely couldn’t run, jump or squat. I was really upset about it because I was very active. I spent years treating patients with CrossFit injuries. So after I scheduled the surgery on my knee I told my wife that “as long as I’m going to be getting a new knee, I am going to completely screw my current knee up so that I can get my monies worth of the new knee. Therefore, I am going to join CrossFit!” I started CrossFit and 4 workouts later my knee pain and swelling decreased, so I cancelled the surgery. That was 4 years ago.
What have you learned since joining Freakin CrossFit? Change is good. When the Freakin take over happened, it could’ve been bad. New leadership. New rules. New apps. New culture. However, change is good. Just like changing your workouts stimulates positive change in your body. Change in the box stimulated positive change in camaraderie. Change in enthusiasm. Change in workouts. Change in results.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment? I am most proud of showing up and being consistent. When most of the country is sleeping, working or resting we are there. When most of the country is sedentary we are moving.
What’s your favorite exercise movement? The clean
What are your CrossFit goals? My Crossfit goal is to constantly and consistently move the needle. I have set a goal to constantly improve. I am not in this to compete with the other athletes in the box. I am in it to compete against myself. How did I do last time? How can I get better, faster, stronger, last longer? Constant forward motion.
What does your nutrition look like? Has it changed since starting CrossFit? For the last six month I only eat fruit until noon and just last week Logan turned me on to a plant based diet which is what I am experimenting with right now.
What is one tip you would give someone who is thinking about starting CrossFit or just started? If it doesn’t feel like your regular workouts that you have been doing your entire life. If it feels uncomfortable. If you think it may not be for you. Don’t quit today. Make it through the day. At least get to tomorrow. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to suck. You’re going to want to stop at some point. But I promise you that if you check your ego at the door, if you listen to your coaches and if you listen to your body, you will experience changes like you’ve never experienced before. Just don’t quit today. If you do, you’ll be sorry.
When you’re not CrossFitting, what is your favorite thing to do? Hang with my wife.