January Athlete of the Month - Dan Gross
Published January 18, 2019
My name is Dan Gross, I'm 55 years old and work in Physical Therapy at Navy Hospital Camp Pendleton.
I joined OCF in June, 2018. I had previously trained with Sigi at another gym. When I found out he was coaching at OCF I reconnected with him and found myself joining. I am glad that I did. The coaching is outstanding and the other athletes are great people to be around.
I am like a lot of guys my age. We played sports growing up and joined gyms when we couldn’t play sports anymore. I participated in triathlon for several years and enjoyed the training and comradery of working out with a group. But triathlon takes a lot of time that I no longer have for exercise. Several years ago a guy I was working with started going to cross fit and became a coach. He encouraged me to come in and check it out. I was hooked. I like the variety: weight training, cardio, and gymnastics. I’m not very good at any of them but I’m always challenged.
As I said, I like to comradery at OCF which leads to accountability. If you don’t show up for a while the coaches and other athletes give you grief, “Where have you been? How come you’re not training?” Becoming a part of this community and the accountability pushes me to get up every morning and show up at the gym. As a result, my strength and mobility have improved. Additionally, getting my shot of endorphins from training helps my mood and motivation. I have enjoyed being challenged by the technicality of the Olympic lifts and gymnastics.
I am proud of the fact that I show up every day…well, most days, give my all, and am rewarded with overall improvement. I am not super sore after the workouts now, just sore enough to let me know I’ve done something. I’m not too concerned about my numbers (times or weights) just improvement. And every once in a while I can beat one of the younger athletes at the gym.
There are 2 things that I find most important and like about OCF. First, the coaching is outstanding. Jason, Sigi, Lauren, Kevin, and Stephanie have always been right on top of me and the other athletes making sure we are safe and performing proper technique. Second, the other athletes are great to be around. The diversity of people and skills is awesome. And everyone helps and encourages everyone.
My goals for 2019: pistol squats, handstand push up, become more proficient at the Olympic lifts and to be able to do Rx for most of the WODs.