What brought you to CrossFit? How long have you been a member of CrossFit Delaware Valley? What has changed in your life since starting CrossFit?
My CrossFit adventure began over two years ago when my older brother Andrew (shout out @thecharlotteathlete on Instagram for great advice) joined a box in Charlotte. He introduced me to it and while I was skeptical at first, I started looking into the sport. I then learned my (at the time) fiancé's cousins belong to CrossFit Summa in Doylestown. We attended 4 classes to try it out and really enjoyed the atmosphere! Fast forward a year, my wife and I moved to Delaware County and trialed the local CrossFit boxes and ultimately decided to join DelVal! Since I joined CrossFit in October 2017, I have begun attending graduate school (online PSU MBA) and my wife, Casey, is pregnant!
To date, what is one thing that you are most proud of in relation to CrossFit? What's on the list for 2019 goals?
One aspect that has kept me committed to CrossFit is the unknown. I played sports growing up and have a background in basic weightlifting. However, I had little experience in Olympic lifting and practically zero experience in gymnastics movements. When I first started, I was scared and embarrassed to go upside down. I have overcome this fear and am now on the brink of handstand walking! As for my 2019 goals, I want to continue to improve my Olympic lifting skills and boost my PRs by 10-15%. But a much larger, and potentially more important goal is to maintain my attendance once my first-born child is born! I have a lot of unknown ahead of me and am hoping the birth of my child along with graduate school does not prevent me from attending class.
You have participated in a few in-house competitions at DelVal, are there any future competitions that you are looking to compete in?
Unfortunately, I am not really too sure of any at this point but would like to test my skills some time in the future before the baby arrives! If anyone knows of any in the late winter/spring, let me know!
What is your favorite workout that you have completed? What is you least favorite (if you don't have one- I'll take least favorite movement!)
I am a huge fan of Murph and Cindy. I recently broke 20 rounds in Cindy and was very proud. My favorite type of workout has to be AMRAPs. Outside of those named workouts, I am a huge fan of box jumps and now that I am learning butterfly pullups, I am really enjoying anything on the bar -- pullups, chest to bar, and muscle ups. While people know me as a good runner, it is absolutely one of my least favorite "movements" but this may only be because of our damned mountainous terrain.I don't really have a least favorite movement as I love the diversity that CrossFit brings, and how it forces me to work on my weaknesses.
What is your diet like? Has it changed since starting CrossFit?
I primarily stick to meats and vegetables. My weekdays are very consistent: eggs in some form for breakfast, snack of nuts/seeds around 10:00, lunch of a meat and vegetables (ex: chicken with roasted broccoli and cauliflower), hard boiled egg snack around 2:30, a prework snack of carrots and hummus for 5:30 class, and finally a dinner of some meat and vegetable. Sometimes when we meal prep on Sunday and actually have time, we cook more exciting meals like Chili, Paleo Nick's deep-dish breakfast pizza, Coach Jacki's parmesan chicken nuggets, honey sesame chicken, chicken tortilla soup, slow cooked buffalo chicken with homemade ranch, pulled-pork, etc, etc. Well I guess we eat a lot of chicken... The first few months I started CrossFit, my wife Casey did Jacki's Amplify challenge. This opened our eyes to just how many foods have sugar. We already had a pretty decent diet but never realized just how difficult it is to fully cut out sugar. It is in EVERYTHING!!
There's news that there will be a baby Kenas running around soon. Tell us about how you're feeling about becoming a new gym dad?
Oh I am very excited to become a new gym dad! I am happy to join the other lucky dad members and thrilled to bring the newborn around. Thankfully, I am the luckiest future dad in the world and blessed to have my beautiful wife by my side. Casey and I looking forward to the future and the challenges in and out of the box!
When you're not at the gym, what would be your favorite thing(s) to do?
While my diet may sound lame to some, I really enjoy cooking. I take a lot of satisfaction out of putting together a meal, especially for others. I was lucky to host my first Thanksgiving this year and it went extremely well. Other than that, I really enjoy spending time with friends and family which can be difficult these days with grad school and the upcoming child.
Tell us something that we might not know about you?
While I am very into CrossFit, sports, hanging out with friends, I do have a nerdy side. Among other things, I am an avid Game of Thrones fan and have read the books (A Song of Ice and Fire) several times. I also enjoy the occasional video game when time permits. Lately, I have been enjoying quite a bit of Fortnite victories!