Athlete of the Month - Greg Thomas

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family!
I have a beautiful wife Joi and 2 children: CJ (10) and Little Greg (9). I love my family. We are very busy.

How did you hear about Crossfit Delaware Valley and what made you want to join?
I was watching a YouTube video on weight loss and came across a video series by Crossfit called Killing the Fat Man. 13 years ago I had weight loss surgery and lost over 150 pounds, but after letting myself go, I gained 50 back! I became obsessed with looking at the videos so much that I decided to do my own killing my fat man. I looked on and saw a link to find an affiliate near me. CFDV found me. I didn't find it. 

We can usually find you at the 5:30am class. Tell us a few of your favorite memories from that class.
Every day is a new journey but my favorite memory was when I ran my first Broomile, and today during the 30 Snatches for time workout.  I've been working on my snatches and I finished so well that I surprised myself. Everyday is a new memory. I have not been at a class that I honestly have not enjoyed. 

Can you share a tip that one of our coaches told you that helped you with a skill?
Everyone is great! But Chris showed me to utilize my arm length to widen my grip on my snatches. It now forces me to use my hips. He told me to use my broad shoulders. The wider your grip is, the shorter the bar has to travel. 

What are some short term goals that you have recently achieved and some long term goals that you would like to achieve?
30 pounds in 1 month and 3 weeks! I was fortunate enough to go on vacation over spring break to Mexico for a week! That kinda put a damper on my training. My long term goal is to lose 80 pounds and to possibly be good enough to compete in the Masters Open next year. 

We know you've also been working on your Nutrition. What about it have you changed since starting Crossfit?
EVERYTHING! No eating after 9. Eat as little carbs as possible. Drink a gallon of water per day. 1 cheat meal per week and it's still something healthy. My wife and I share meals when we go out to dinner. The portions in America are ridiculous! 

What is one piece of advice that you would pass along to a new athlete who is just starting Crossfit?
Having an open and willing mindset is paramount! The moves in Crossfit can be very intimidating (especially doing it next to some super fit Early Birds!) but if you are willing to do the workout and not be afraid or too proud to scale it, you will get results.

What excites you most about Crossfit and what keeps you coming back every day?
I've been to plenty of gyms and I've done every Beach Body video (I broke the p90x bar I was so heavy) that it gets boring after 2 weeks. With Crossfit, you don't get a chance to get bored ever. What keeps me going is the accountability that CFDV provides. It truly feels genuine when I'm running up that hill and someone passes me and says "Good job, let's go!!" It truly feels like family of like-minded individuals with different goals but expecting the same results.

Tell us something we don't know about you... 
I serve in ministry at my church. My faith and a healthy mindset helps me to handle the stress that comes along with life. I also play 3 instruments (piano, organ, and drums). Playing since I was 9. 

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The last thing my wife said to me was...
"Babe I'm so proud of you, but I'm tired of salad!"

My favorite type of music is...
Gospel (I play piano at my church), jazz & classical.

My favorite movie is... 
Coming to America, Brewster's Millions, Trading Places. Master of the Game. (I'm an 80's baby)

I look forward to ... seeing myself progress during a Crossfit workout. 

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be to.. Hawaii. (Went to Costa Rica last year. I heard Hawaii is even better)

My favorite quote is..  

1. "If you don't have confidence you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started." - Marcus Garvey

2. "The loudest in the room is the weakest."

My 2017 goal give my best in everything I do. To get stronger than the day before. It may sound corny, but I genuinely believe that if we all set an expectation to give our best in everything, we will surprise ourselves. 

Extra comments:

Thank you so much! I'm grateful to really be apart of something! I really feel like this is such an amazing honor!!!!