Athlete of the Month - Carl Rosenfeld

ell us about your family:

Abbey and I have two girls (Maddie age 8 and Blake age 5) and a white boxer dog named General.  I grew up in the area and am excited to raise our kids here too.  I am a CPA and a managing partner at Radnor Financial Advisors,  a practice focusing on independent wealth management services in Wayne.  We also have a home in Lake Naomi in the Poconos and enjoy spending as much time as we can outside boating, sailing, fishing, skiing, hiking.

Your wife Abbey joined us a few months ago. What's it like doing Crossfit with your wife? 

Awesome.  For any of you that know Abbey you know that she is a tad bit competitive.  Her competitive spirit has definitely pushed me harder over the last few months since she joined CFDV.  When I first started I think she was tired of hearing me talk about the gym and my workouts. Since she joined, I think it is all we talk about. Now our kids are even getting into the discussions (asking who beat who on the whiteboard) and they enjoy coming for Bootcamp. They love doing squats to Bring Sally Up and doing burpees to Roxanne!

How did you hear about Crossfit Delaware Valley?

My brother Scott lives in south Florida and joined a local CrossFit gym.  He was talking about how much fun it was and how much progress he saw in his physical fitness.  At the time I was bored and not progressing with my exercise routine (mostly running).  I looked for a gym that would fit my schedule and came across CFDV. Honestly, after 10 minutes of speaking with Rob on the phone, I was hooked.

We can usually find you at the 5:30am class. Tell us a few of your favorite memories from that class. 

Chris and the rest of the early birds are simply awesome. There is no better way to start your day.  If you haven't been to a 530am class it is hard to describe.  Chris is always warm and welcoming, he tells us about all of the WODs that he loves, our warm-ups are focused and complete, and the music is spot on.  Oh, OK, well maybe not any of those....but, we are the reigning CFDV Hustle! champs and are excited for a repeat this year as well. Really, it is just about the closeness of the group.  Everyone is so incredibly supportive and motivating.  

What are some short term goals that you have recently achieved and some long term goals that you would like to achieve? 

A recent accomplishment for me was RX-ing 'Fran'. We did that WOD my first week at CFDV and a couple times thereafter. For whatever reason it has always freaked me out.  When I saw it on the schedule last week it kept me up. I really wanted to push hard and just complete it. I really wasn't focusing on my time just getting under the cutoff. Well, with Will W's pushing, I RX'ed it for the first time last week and was on cloud-nine with a 6:01 time and a PR.  I have some lifting goals and I really want to improve my bar work (kips, muscle-ups, etc) and my cleans - they need serious work. 

We always see you doing extra work at Del Val. Tell us about your extra programing and what goals you are trying to reach through it. 

I have been working closely with Rob on a strength program. I really want to hit some milestones on a few key lifts.  I have been adding a couple extra sessions focused only on lifting and I am seeing some real improvement.  Not only in pounds lifted but also in being able to RX and accomplish more WODs and get more PRs.  It has been fun and gratifying.

We know you've also been working on your Nutrition. What about it have you changed since starting Crossfit? 

Thanks to Jacki and the fall challenge I have really tried to focus on my macros and just eating smarter - no sugar, smaller meals more often, timing meals to exercise.  The program was great and I strongly suggest you try one of the challenges if you have not already.  Even just the journaling has been very helpful.  Honestly, I feel different in the gym - better, faster, stronger.  And recovery time has been much quicker.  Now if I could just convince Jacki that there is no sugar in bourbon we would all be better off!

What is one piece of advice that you would pass along to a new athlete who is just starting Crossfit?

Consistency.  It really is the key.  Come often. Don't let a WOD scare you away - just come often and keep trying to get better.  Also, ask questions.  The coaches are amazing and they are there to help and that they do!

You're coming up on your one year Crossfit anniversary! What have you learned about yourself since starting Crossfit?

It sounds corny but in the beginning (and sometimes now) I talk myself out of a lift or WOD.  I have learned that I can do it. Just push myself harder.  I think the key is that I can do more than I think that I can; I need to remember that having a positive attitude is key and over the last year I can see how much that pays off.

Fill in the blank:

The last thing Abbey said to me was... You Killed It!
My favorite type of music is... COUNTRY (is there any other?)
The last concert I went to was... Billy Joel (Ok, Country and Billy Joel)
If I could go anywhere in the world it would be to... Israel
I'm really excited for... Tax season to be over
My ideal weekend includes... sailing, a beach, my family, a tiki bar
My favorite food is... Sushi

Extra comments:

Thank you to Rob, the coaches, and the CFDV family. You all make the gym a fun and enjoyable place for Abbey and me. We love it and are absolutely addicted.