September 2019 Athlete of the Month, Dave!

Published September 3, 2019

Athlete of the Month

Dave Lopatka


1. What was life like before you became a member?

Before I became a member at KCF life was pretty ordinary. Worked a lot, which I still do, but from a physical standpoint sitting all day in front of a computer wasn’t really helping my fitness or my overall health. My blood pressure was elevated, and I was close to the heaviest I have ever been and knew I needed to change my lifestyle.


2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?

I have always tried to stay active and was a member at a gym for the last 10 years or so. In my younger days (high school) I played football, baseball and some basketball and also tried track and field for a year. Once in college, I played football for a short time until a shoulder injury, requiring surgery and a long rehab. At that point I decided that the physical toll it takes on the body wasn’t worth going back. Ever since that time I have enjoyed running, playing golf and hunting to stay active.



3. What originally prompted you to seek us out?

I basically got tired of the gym, I was doing the same exercises (treadmill, elliptical and light weight training) all the time and not really seeing any results. I felt like it was a time for a change and kept reading about CrossFit and planned on visiting a few boxes to see what it was all about. I stop in KCF, talked to Jess and Tim and watched a WOD while there and thought this definitely something different and decided to sign up.


 4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?

My original thought was just getting in better shape, but I was quickly introduced to the Challenge. At that point I had set a goal of losing 20 pounds. Never thought it was possible in 6 weeks but in the end, I accomplished that goal and decided that KCF with all the great people and coaches was the place for me.



5.  What have you liked best about working with us?

To me the comradery and the people. It is nice going to train and talking to people who are committed and have goals to make themselves better. It is great for me to watch someone achieve a PR or Rx a workout for the first time.


6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?

I think the biggest achievement for me was first losing weight and second that I have kept the weight off. My conditioning has greatly improved, I pay attention to my nutrition and I feel stronger than I have in years.


7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?

Definitely, I now pay more attention to my nutrition, I physically feel so much better and wish I started CrossFit years ago.


8. What would you say to anyone who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?

I say this to people all the time, the hardest part of beginning a workout program, joining a gym or paying more attention to nutrition is simply “getting started”. For me and most people once you take that first step, “getting started”, it then become a routine. It becomes part of your everyday life, something you want to do, not something you have to do.


9. Do you have any special moments/memories?

I would say doing “Murph” for the first time is engrained in me. With 40-50 people at the box, all working to accomplish the same goal, motivating one another to keep pushing and just remembering in the back of my mind the meaning behind the workout itself. As difficult as it was, I would look around the gym and everyone just kept pushing which in turn motivated me to keep moving, keep pushing to finish.


10. What is your favorite movement/lift?

I would say deadlift is my favorite and being in the early class most of the time, I also enjoy that early morning warmup run.

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