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Athlete of the Month - February 2019

Starboard CrossFit Star Athlete of the Month


We are always paying close attention to each and every individual member here at Starboard CrossFit. We're not just looking to help them get fit, improve themselves and achieve their goals... each month, we like choose an exceptional athlete that goes above and beyond the call of duty; an athlete that stands out as a shining example of an exemplary Starboard CrossFit athlete and family member. Definitely not an easy task with all of the amazing athletes we have!

Then we ask them to share their story in the hopes that it will inspire and motivate others. Most importantly we want to recognize those dedicated members for their hard work and accomplishments, and show the local community that ANYONE can be a CrossFitter. All you have to do is make the choice to give it a try, set goals, and work hard. You may be surprised at what you will accomplish!

This month, we are very excited to honor one of our hardest working athletes that joined our family this past summer. Another one of our many military veteran family members, this father of two is one of our most highly driven and hardworking and humble guys you'll meet. He has an insatiable appetite for self improvement and is always eager to learn more and push himself beyond the comfort zone all while smiling and laughing. If you've ever been to one of our afternoon classes then you'll be glad you met our amazing Star Athlete of the Month for February, David Crosby!

One of our regular afternoon class members, Dave is a true hard worker who is here to improve himself and focuses on his own fitness without letting ego or the natural human competitiveness get in his way. He shows up to every class with a with a huge smile on his face and a few jokes to lighten the mood and cut things up with everyone before getting down to business with the workout of the day (WOD.)

Dave is very attentive and another one of our most 'coachable' athletes. With that he has learned and advanced very quickly in his short amount of time he's been with us and he continues to improve every single day. Like so many of our other military and veteran athletes, Dave's prior service to his country and current dedication to his family and ours shines through his loyalty, drive and intensity inside and outside the box. Dave is setting the perfect example for his kids and our other members of what it means to be a true Starboard CrossFit Athlete and inspiring our other athletes along the way.

We are so very thankful and extremely excited to see what the future holds for Dave on his fitness journey and we're so very honored to have him in our CrossFit family!


What's your nickname/call sign/hashtag?

- Not much of a nickname, but I go by Dave

Where were you born or where did you grow up?

- Born and raised for the most of my days in Ladson, SC. Yes, I did borrow from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Tell us something most people don't know about you...

- I am a pretty clumsy person. Assign me a lot of box jumps and it's a matter of time before I fall at least once.

Funny or embarrassing story you'd like to share...

- Most recent mildly embarrassing thing I did would have to be the day Jennifer Rackley thought it was fun idea to do 100 meter sled pushes for a warm up. On the return trip as I am attempting to turn the sled around my legs locked up and before I know I am on the ground looking up.

Words to live by ~or~ favorite quote?

- There are 2... FIRST: “Be Awesome Today" and SECOND: “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. “- D.H Lawrence.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

- Blissfully ignorant of the depth of damage I was doing to be my body by eating doughnuts and sitting on the couch.

When and how did you find CrossFit?

- I found CrossFit for the second time Aug 2018. After some self-reflection on my future after a loss of a relative. It was the manner of how they passed that gave me my why.

What ​brought you to Starboard CrossFit​ in the first place​? What was your first impression? How has that changed?

- It was on my way home from work and close to my home so I could not have an easy excuse for not going. First Impression: That the workouts were torture but what really left a lasting impression was the encouragement and I was not going to hurt myself without someone trying to correct me. And how has that changed: it has not changed at all but I was transformed by the coaches not allowing me to cheat myself on movements.

How has CrossFit impacted your life inside & outside the gym?

- I'm not as physically exhausted as I once was even after going really hard after a workout. Also, I move so much better now. A good example is I can sit in a full squat and actually enjoy that position instead of it hurting.

What is your favorite workout, movement or lift? least favorite?

- Favorite movement currently is the Squat Snatch. It is very difficult but when you hit it right you the feeling is amazing. Least favorite movement are burpees. They are very effective at sucking the life out of you.

What are your biggest CrossFit goals and how close are you to achieving them?

- The biggest goal that I want to get soon is Toes-to-Bars and Double-Unders. I like to think I am close. I can get 2-3 double under in a row but keeping it going is the challenge. Toes-2-Bars I am like right there I can one foot to touch the bar. A bucket list item is going the Crossfit Games in the 45-49 age division. I have a great deal of work before I achieve that goal.

Favorite food, restaurant, or cheat meal?

- Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

What has been your proudest CrossFit accomplishment?

- 300 lbs deadlift after a Saturday WoD.

What is the most defining characteristic of Starboard CrossFit that sticks out to you?

- Community. Great group of people that enjoy pushing their bodies.

What are you up to when you're not at Starboard CrossFit?

- Being a fulltime single father of two amazing children. That consumes my life most of the time.

And finally, any advice or tips for newbies considering or just beginning their CrossFit journey?

- I have two pieces of advice.

#1. Define your “why” and ingrain your why into your soul.

#2.. All you need to do is show up and do your best. Your body will take care of the rest.

like we always say... #justshowup

Some very wise and honest words! We're very proud and extremely grateful and we cannot thank you enough for letting us be a part of your fitness journey and for you becoming part of our Starboard CrossFit family. Keep up the hard work David and we'll be seeing you at a future CrossFit Games! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us as our Starboard CrossFit Star Athletes for the month of February!

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