Give Dan a high five and a bear hug the next time you see him. If you have any ringing in your ears it was from the PR gong which he was hitting often last month. Daniel routinely works on skillwork, sends us pictures from his travels, sets goals for himself and brings a positive energy with him to train. If jumping through rings of fire were in a WOD, he would be the first person to ask a coach the best method of attack.
“I’m humbled by this nomination. I started Crossfit less than 2 years ago, 3 months after an IT Band (ITBS) injury running the Miami Marathon. My buddy Mark convinced me to give it a try and from the first day, I got addicted. The only thing I was able to do relatively well, was to run. I did a max of 5 unbroken push-ups, that’s about it. Today, I feel I have a long way to go, but I’m able to do push-ups, pull-ups, climb a rope, lift some weights and my latest accomplishment, do a handstand push up (BTW, I don’t think I ever did a handstand before…)
CrossFit NMB has pushed me as much physically as it has mentally, and I believe this is why it is so addictive. My grandfather used to tell me over and over that I can do anything I propose myself in life to do, as long as I work really hard to make it happen. I see this every day when I walk into the box, weights that I never thought I could lift without getting injured, WOD’s that would have taken me the whole hour just to read them from the board, and today I can actually finish them, and movements that I thought only a gymnast could do and today I see I can get there as well.
Many thanks to the coaches, Jonas, Amber, Tash, Audrey and Joe, you shape us every day in different ways, keep up the good work. Many thanks to the 6AM team, Mark, Pierre, Jill, Leo, Jerry, Tiffany and Stuart (and the rest of the gang that joins us occasionally), it is an honor to be surrounded by you guys. And special thanks to my wife for listening EVERY MORNING that the workout I just did was THE HARDEST one ever…”-Daniel.