May Athlete of the Month – Scotty Angelo
Our May Male Athlete of the Month is Scotty Angelo! Scotty recently celebrated his 50th birthday and continues to celebrate new PRs (personal records). He most recently got a ring muscle up, a big accomplishment at any age. And just a few weeks ago, he used these skills to take on a Spartan Race, a 3-mile, 25 obstacle, challenge that takes down the best athletes. Scotty consistently comes to our 7am class, puts in extra side work to better himself, then works very hard on his family’s business, Oceana Coffee. He talks below about how he loves to inspire others, and he truly does. Dads and business owners especially can take a lot from knowing a great guy like Scotty and we sure are lucky to have him. Thank you for being a huge part of our fit family Scotty!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I turned 50 last September, I roast Oceana Coffee (it’s not really work !)
What’s something about you that others may not know about you? Any special talents, hobbies, or interests?
What do others not know about me ? I am shy, an introvert, often perceived as arrogant. I am/was a Marine Engineer by profession and can fix just about anything. Not too many hobbies these days, once upon a time it was Rugby, Surfing, Kite Boarding, Motorcycle racing, car racing, kart racing….. One day again !
When I get the chance I like gaming …shh don’t tell anyone I am a big kid !
What do you like to do outside the gym?
Not sure these days ! lol
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?
My very first class was in 2009, we just moved back from Australia and were living with Amy’s folks, her Dad was an amazing cook, so we figured we had to do something before we couldn’t move off the couch !! About a year later at the same establishment I injured myself – herniated 2 lower back discs and stopped CF for a couple of years.
Then about 3 years ago (just before I joined CFPB) I found myself in the cardio ward of Jupiter Medical center after a tough day at work and a visit to the Urgent Care found me in an Ambulance, so I decided that if I was given a clean bill of health and they let me walk out of there I was headed back to CF and that’s when I found CFPB. What I remember most about first starting CF was not being able to sit down or climb stairs after a workout !! The muscle pain !!
What new beliefs, habits, behaviors have you formed since you started Beachfit/Crossfit, that have most positively impacted your life?
SO MANY !!
Mostly my new habits are around eating good food and my reduction of alcohol along the way, all of which have impacted my health in huge amounts.
What has been your most memorable workout?
I think it was 2017 Open Workout and I had my best mate over from Australia, it was the ugliest WOD I think I have ever done, huge amounts of Thrusters, he spectated the whole thing, I thought I was dying and he was proud to see what I was up to and inspired to start doing something for himself….. God awful workout !! I think the workout has been erased from my memories !
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
My life Motto is “The Man in Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt !
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?
As mentioned before, 2 herniated lower back discs, as well as shoulders from Rugby. The discs have been managed thru PT, Crossfit and Chiropractic and recently Steroid injection.
2018 I had my right shoulder worked on and repaired by a local orthopedic surgeon and then PT
What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CF
CF related investment – Grips !!
What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?
Knowing they are the days that matter ! Even if I just do the minimum, it’s better than nothing !
The other aspect of what keeps me going on days that I don’t feel like it, is that some where, somehow I am inspiring someone to make a difference in their life, whether it’s my mates back home or some of my coffee mates around the country, if I can get them to make 1 change in their life to help them lose weight or get fitter to help them live longer……..then I am happy and it’s been worth it !
What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach?
It’s been said many times ! The community and the culture that has been developed by the guys and girls on staff.
What have you become better at saying no to and how has that influenced you?
My honest answer is alcohol, being an Aussie sailor it was very hard to say no to a beer, but over time, I have noticed how I feel as a result and how it effects my training which has made the difference. So these days I enjoy a good Bourbon on a Friday or Saturday night and that’s about it……a far cry from days gone by !!
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