wName… John Accardo
When did you start CrossFitting… I initially joined in May 2012, but left in the late-Fall as part of accepting a job based in Chicago. I reconnected with CFCR in Sep 2016 and have been hard at it ever since.
Favorite wod… All the named WODs are a challenge, but “Jackie” is a reasonable fit with most of my capabilities.
Least favorite wod… “Nancy” … a rough combination running and overhead squats … Ugh!!!
Favorite lift… Back squat
Least favorite lift… Overhead Squats followed closely by Squat Snatch.
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)… My wife Marlene is from Arvada and I grew-up in Cheyenne. We purchased our home in Bell Mountain Ranch in 2011 and settled here in mid-2012 on our return from working in Shanghai. We have two adult children; Natalie who is completing her PhD in Geophysics at Columbia and Mathew who is a Civil Engineer and works in the Water Division for Merrick Engineering in Denver. I am seasoned executive with over 30-years’ of broad-based consumer products experience with leading beer, spirits and snack food companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Brown-Forman and John B. Sanfilippo. We have had the good fortune of living outside the US for nearly 12—years, but spent many years working our way back West. I am “semi-retired” now, but doing a bit of beverage and food consulting which is keeping me busy.
What were you doing before CrossFit… Many years of off-again, on-again, weight-lifting with a bit of running/cardio mixed-in.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout… “Wow,” this is very tough!!!
What were your goals when joining CrossFit… Improved overall fitness, mobility and health … increased strength, better range of motions, loose a few pounds, lower resting heart-rate, etc., etc. … without spending over two-hours a day in the gym.
Have you achieved any of those goals… Yes, indeed, though there is still work to be done.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym…. Most certainly in terms of feeling better, improved sleep, greater stamina, new friends, etc., etc.
Any advice for people getting started… Go slow in the beginning, but stick with it. Come every day if possible and push yourself in the WODs. Don’t be afraid to ask the Coaches and other members for assistance.
Some of your recent accomplishments… Ability to perform at an RX level to more frequently and consistently in the WOD and with many basic exercises, including KB Swings and Wall Balls.
What makes CFCR special to you? The members … especially the regulars at 11:30A … Coaches and Owners. At its core, CrossFit is built on a community, and that is very much the case with CFCR.