June 2017--Dan Dowd

1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.  
I grew up in Arvada, Colorado which is a suburb west of Denver. My wife and I were married in late 2000 and moved here a year later. Now we have eight children, six girls and two boys. I have worked for The Onyx Collection since we arrived. In my (rare) spare time, I like to work with my grape vines and go for Sunday afternoon runs (yes, that’s right!).  

2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?  
About a year year and a half ago, I finally realized that I needed help in keeping my resolution to get fit, there was just no way I could stay on track by myself. A few friends of mine had great stories about 'doc's box' so I decided to give it a try.  
After being in for a year now, I have learned a ton of good stuff and met some great men but there is a lot more to learn and goals to realize. I also need to be connected to the community in order to stay focused.  

3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?  
There was so much that first day that I had never done before. Didn’t know what a burpee was. There were wall balls and burpees in that first WOD. I was wasted! My legs were on fire from those wall balls and I had to get up one knee at a time from the ground on those burpees, I was completely out of breath. I knew THIS WAS IT! What I had been looking for!  

4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?  
I really look forward to each WOD, seeing my comrades and working with them. I also enjoy the workouts (unless there are OHS in the mix - NOT FUN).  

5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?  
My kids have taken an interest in crossfit. We were all in the living room, the little ones were demonstrating how to do perfect air squats and the older ones and myself were all trying to copy them.  

6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?  
There is something uniquely satisfying about slam ball exercises... but I think I would say I like squats (back or front) the best. Ironically, overhead squats are the LEAST favorite movement.  

7. Have you had one or two challenging CrossFit goals that you've achieved recently? What are your current goals and how close are you to reaching them?  
I did get one (kipping) handstand push-up recently and have been able to kind of put some pull ups together (like 2)! I would like to get to the point where I can do a bar muscle up maybe in the next 12 months...  

8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?  
CrosstFit Benedictus has it all, community prayer, cardiovascular, strength and skilled lifts exercises, not to mention mobility training and the plethora of knowledge that the coaches and some of the athletes share.  
I have had gym memberships before, there are no trainers and you are alone, unless you bring a buddy, which is a good idea but that is not the norm. At a gym, I would never have attempted a clean and jerk. It might even be banned due to all the bad form and potential injuries from not having a coach.  

9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?  
In the gym, it has benefitted me where the guesswork and bad form and bad technique have gone away. Out of the gym I have been very surprised at the little improvements that I was not expecting, better balance and flexibility, and the joy of playing with my kids without pulling my left hamstring!  

10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?  
My wife was the first to pull junk carbs off the family menu. That was right around the time I joined CrossFit. Since then I have become much more conscientious about what I put in my mouth. While I still enjoy a good beer after a long day's work, or a great meal with friends on special occasions, we have become much more disciplined about sugars and carbs at the Dowd household.  

11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?  
4 rounds, thrusters, burpees, slam balls. 1 minute of each with 1 minute rest between. 21 calorie row buy in and a 21 calorie row cash out. I like those long ones!  

12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?  
God has given us our bodies to work for His glory. We only have one body to live in, don’t abuse it but do test it. By living a healthy lifestyle you will feel better and inspire others.  

13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?  
If you want to get into the best shape of your life and have a lot of fun while doing it, you need to come down and sign up for 3 months. It takes time to see improvements but pay attention, one day you will realized that certain little things like that achy elbow or sore ankles aren’t bothering you any more.  

14. Open Forum:I’d just like to thank all the coaches for forming this group at Crossfit Benedictus. I know it’s a lot to undertake and a lot of time to prepare. You guys are great and I couldn’t do this in our small town if it weren’t for your efforts.
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