January 2019 Athlete of the Month, Paul Bellucci
Published January 2, 2019
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
- What was life like before you became a member?
Before KCF, working out was a constant struggle to find motivation. I tried a weight set in my basement, tried the “Planet that shall not be named”, but kept coming to the conclusion it really needs to be something that you truly enjoy.
- At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
I’m very fortunate in that at the time I enrolled, fitness was never really too much of an issue. I’d been playing ice hockey 2 days per week and grew up in a house where competition was ingrained in our psyches. My siblings and I were all tournament water skiers and ski racers. Every winter and summer days was all about training. CrossFit, however, is something we can do into our golden years. And not get all sloppy like golfers!
- What originally prompted you to seek us out?
My wife, Jean, finally convinced me to try CF after years of my mocking her “burp ups”, “double wonders” and all that other crazy jargon. The first impression (and anyone reading this will agree) “It’s just too freaking hard!” But as you stick with it, get to become friends with those around you (Shout out to the 9 am crew!!) and become familiar with the movements, it’s truly awesome. Instead of climbing on some weight machines, or running on a treadmill, we’re doing all kinds of different stuff every single time. From jump rope to weights, to aerobics and gymnastics. Sure, we see the same things from time to time, but every day feels brand new.
- What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My early goals were A) Get a workout B) Have fun and C) Don’t puke in front of everyone. So far so good.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
Having been here for a couple years, I’m starting to see the bigger picture. Sure A, B, and C still apply, but what I really love is watching my friends around me come in every single time with this passion to push themselves. It’s so awesome to cheer someone on through those last box jumps or burpees. To see the transformations ... The self confidence that comes with this sport is absolutely life changing.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
I guess I’m most proud of a few particular movements that I honestly thought I might never get. You know, too old, my body doesn’t bend that way, etc. For me it’s the bar muscle up, hand stand pushups and DL over 400#.
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
I think my view of myself has changed in a sense. I’d like to think I’m less selfish, and more supportive of my friends around me.
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
My selling point for CrossFit is simply there’s no other enjoyable way to get this kind of workout and have such an extensive support structure around you.
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
My best memory to date is competing with Norm at the Holiday Throwdown! What a blast! The environment was electric. With everyone cheering, the Holiday atmosphere, and Norm – crushing those toes to bars. Way to go teammate!
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
Favorite movement is without a doubt the bar muscle up. Every time I giggle inside a little that I can actually do one now.
The only thing I would add is don’t be shy. Do your best and don’t ever feel like it’s not good enough. Get to know the people around you. Muck it up on SugarWod. This is a fantastic community, so get all you can out of it.