Member Spotlight
Joe S.


How old are you?


How long have you been a member at 5280 CrossFit?

I first heard about CrossFit back in 2007 when one of my college roommates drank the cool-aid. I’ve been intrigued since then, but managed to procrastinate on giving it a shot until I joined 5280 Crossfit in May.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Delaware, went to college in Boston. As we got close to graduation, I was done with New England winters and was looking for sunshine and mountains. My now-wife was applying to grad school, and I managed to sell her on CU. We moved to Boulder a couple weeks after graduation.

Are you married, single, in a relationship?

You may see my wife, Kelly around the gym as well. After talking about CrossFit every night for the first couple months I was doing it, she decided that she wanted to try it out too. We have a dog – Toby.

When you’re not CrossFitting, what do you like to do?

I try to find ways to stay busy and outdoors. Between hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, hunting and fishing, our garage is more gear-storage than anything else.

I also enjoy a good beer and have been homebrewing for years.

How do you make time for CrossFit in your weekly schedule? What’s helped you stay committed?

I usually hit the 5:30 class after work. I drive past the gym on my way home, so that helps. Commitment really hasn’t been a problem because the workouts are never boring or tedious. I’d run for exercise for years, but lately had been finding that I wasn’t getting out as often as I liked because I was tired of the same loops. In the year before starting CrossFit, beer + couch increasingly won out over lacing up my running shoes when I got home from work.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit?

I’ve really enjoyed the whole package. The social and community aspect is huge, but also having someone else design a constantly evolving workout program has been awesome. When I’d tried to get into strength training in the past, there were two main hurdles: 1) figuring out what movements to do and with what weight and rep scheme and 2) not knowing if I was doing the movements right and may be setting myself up for injury. Joining a 5280 CrossFit solved both of these problems.

Favorite/least favorite WOD or movement?

As someone with a pretty competitive personality, asking me what I like and dislike is the same as same as asking what I’m good or not good at. But, that hasn’t been true so far here, maybe because I have so many “opportunities for improvement”. One thing I’ve found that I actually AM good at is rowing, but I cannot stand it for any distance longer than about 500m.

What is your “Goal Board” goal? Do you have any long term CrossFit goals?

I figured out pretty quickly that shoulder strength was the weakest of my weak links when I walked in the door. So, naturally I picked doing a handstand pushup as my “Goal Board” goal.

My real long term goal is to build well-rounded strength so that I can go out and do the things I enjoy (skiing, mountain biking, backpacking) with the intensity that I want to without getting hurt. I always took it for granted that I could just show up and go for that epic ride or hit that powder day hard. As I got closer to 30, my body started telling me that it didn’t appreciate that philosophy.

Do you want to share a CrossFit story?

When Jason says that a workout will be “fun”, I now know what that means. But, this was one week into my CrossFit life, and I showed up for a “fun” Saturday workout called the Filthy Fifty. It’s a chipper-style WOD, meaning that there’s a long list of movements that you chip away at until you are done. In this case, 50 reps of 10 different movements, one of which was push press at 45 lbs. For a normal guy, this would be no problem. But I came in with the shoulder strength of T-Rex. We had established in my on-ramp class that my maximum weight for the movement was about 50 pounds. I think I spent 25 minutes doing those 50 reps, but I got through them. Jason kept a close eye on me to make sure that I was doing the movement correctly and safely, and I’m sure that he offered me a lighter weight along the way. But, I was stubborn and stuck with it, one or two reps at a time. Even though everyone else was finished about 10 minutes before me, as I ground through 50 burpees (the last thing standing between me and bacon) the rest of the 5280 crew was still there, cheering me on.

And I can’t wait to do it again.

What would you tell someone who is nervous to try CrossFit?

Just show up. Almost all of us were in your shoes at one point, so we can empathize. It won’t be easy. Starting out, I remember looking at one WOD before going in and just had to laugh. Of the three movements that were part of the workout, I couldn’t do any of them. But, I showed up. But, I showed up. The coaches made sure to go through every way to scale the workout before we got into it, and it was a non-issue.