Tell us about yourself!
I’m 32, grew up in Ancaster, went to McMaster for engineering, then to UofT for grad school, before starting my career as a software engineer. I lived in Toronto for about six years, where I met my wife Lily. We moved to Hamilton in early 2021 and adopted our cat Lexi.
I’m generally pretty introverted. I like to code, build Legos, play the piano, watch movies, and I’m a Leaf fan and a bit of a coffee snob.
What got you into CrossFit?
I started by trying some of the WODs posted on crossfit.com in my parent’s garage when I was 18 or 19. It was fun, but I couldn’t do a lot of the movements because I didn’t have weights or a rig or high ceilings. One of my friends did have a tractor tire and a rope for climbing though. Anyways, I realized there were actual CrossFit gyms in the area, so I joined one, and started learning how to lift weights. I soon started seeing gains, and I think that got me hooked.
What do you like about Alchemy?
What stands out to me: first, every single coach is outstanding, delivers great advice, and brings positive energy to every workout; second, as a community, Alchemy is very inclusive and welcoming from day one. I think that both points are just as true today, if not more so, as they were ten years ago when I first became a member, and that speaks volumes. Alchemy really is a community, and so much more than just a gym.
What has been your proudest moment at Alchemy?
Getting the Fittest Family Award at this past year’s Alchemy Holiday Gala. I’m so proud of my wife, mom, and brother for embracing CrossFit (now we just need to get our dad in here!).
What are your CrossFit goals for the future?
Long term, I would like to be able to do Murph Rx with a vest, and to be able to do muscle-ups. More immediately, I want to get my lift PRs back to what they were a few years ago, and I want to work towards doing the open Rx next year.
If you could design the perfect workout, what would it include?
Front Squats, ring dips, and assault bike.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since you started CrossFit?
Improvement to mental health. I’ve been doing CrossFit on-again-off-again for the past ten years and the thing I always find is that while I’m going to the gym consistently, my stress levels are in control, I sleep better, and I’m generally more positive/resilient. Fitness has a lot to do with that, but generally the CrossFit gyms I have been to, like Alchemy, provide a social element that I think is just as important to happiness and well-being.
When you’re not at the gym, what’s your favourite thing to do?
Hanging out with my wife Lily and cat Lexi; drinking coffee in the morning.
What’s your favourite local Hamilton food spot?
Korea House on Cannon and Victoria.