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Athlete of the Month: Dan Connolly

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CrossFit Palm Beach Athlete of the Month
Dan Connolly is 26 years old. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works for a consulting engineering firm doing mechanical design. He is a regular at the 7PM CrossFit class, but you can spot him at virtually every big function we have. He always shows up and has fun at every CFPB event. 

When did you start CrossFit?  Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time?  What do you remember most about when you first started?
I started CrossFit in 2013 when my friends in college founded our schools CrossFit club and convinced me to join. I come from almost no athletic
 background other than bench press and bicep curls three days a week, 
however with CrossFit I was hooked almost immediately by the  variety of the workouts and the atmosphere of everyone doing the same workout together. True story – my first workout at the affiliate was multiple body weight tabata exercises and I threw up in a cemetery on the drive home. 

What new beliefs, behaviors or habits you adopted since you started Beachfit/Crossfit have most positively impacted your life?

For CrossFit I’m such a fan of the sport and I enjoy it for its ability to give you the best hour of your day. Outside of the gym I try to make better food choices (and sometimes I succeed) but I’m not of the mentality where I would ever count macros. Everyones fitness goals are different. Along the lines of the “enjoy the process” mantra that CrossFit instills, I am currently teaching myself the piano with no formal training ever, I just thought it would be fun. It’s a long road, but I’m loving it. 
What has been your most memorable workout? 
I’m going to step out of the box on this one (pun intended) and say that it was watching coaches Zach and Whitney compete at regionals this year. For me personally every workout is painful, but if I’m being honest I leave the gym with something left in the tank. However, watching our coaches truly leave it all on the competition floor was incredible and certainly inspiring.   

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?
The biggest hurdle for me is my mindset. When we have a movement that I don’t know or when I attempt a weight I’m unfamiliar with,  my mind always defaults to “you can’t do this”. Being in a class environment and having the personal attention we get from the coaches has helped, but I know moving forward it’s just a simple fact of repetition will lead to the results regardless of mindset, so just try to block it all out.
What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CrossFit?
Finding a healthy balance between work and life. Starting a new job after college it’s tough to budget time and I knew I wasn’t doing enough for myself and my health. Having my 7PM class to go to everyday after work has done so much for my overall well being.

What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?
It’s easy when you stick to one class time to feel motivated to go because you know the same crew will be there and you feel obligated to be there as well. 
What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach? 
The community…and the programming is brilliant, but the number one thing is the community.
Congrats to Dan – give him a big high five next time you see him. We are sure he will sign autographs if you ask him.