June 2018 Athlete of the Month - Joe Murdy

Joe was born and raised in Lido Beach, so he's a local guy. He said he was never very athletic and was quite overweight while growing up. It was in High School when he started on a consistent fitness regimen and wrestled. "In one year, I dropped 50 pounds. During this time, I experienced the powerful benefit of exercise on enhancing mood and mental clarity, and I was hooked. However, I never felt like I was pushing myself too hard in the gym, and that is what brought me to CrossFit."  It has been very evident over the past few months that Joe is on a mission to become as fit as he possibly can. Hard work does not go unnoticed! 
Joe is one of six who took our muscle up specialty class. He found himself burnt out at times from over-training during the weeks, but learned his lesson as he had goals in mind. I was fortunate enough to coach Joe for a few of those specialty classes and helped him string a few muscle ups together. Just this past weekend, he did 35 muscle ups in a workout. That is awesome!
Set goals and go after them. Keep up the great work Murdy. 

Written by: Coach Rob Moloney

How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
I have been doing Crossfit since I started at Crossfit Island Park 5 years ago. When I started, I had just finished my first year of college and was in a rut and not keeping on top of my fitness. A half a decade later, I think its safe to say it was the best decision I've ever made. 

What is your favorite thing about the gym?
The supportive atmosphere and infectious energy that permeates the gym every day. I've been to quite a few gyms around the country (and a couple in Australia) and not a single one can channel the energy and intensity at Crossfit Island Park. The community that has been built here is full of so many hard working and inspiring athletes that it makes being chosen as Athlete of the Month such a great honor. 

What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
In case you can't tell from the many sounds that come out of me mid workout, I have built quite a reputation as a puker. What most people don't know is that two years ago, I was so frustrated by this that I almost stopped doing Crossfit altogether. Luckily, I didn't and I've watched as fewer and fewer workouts send me to the bathroom. At this point, I wear it as a badge of honor. 

What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
Hands down, this year's Open. The atmosphere was pure electric, and it was a great opportunity to get to know athletes I don't usually take weekday class with. Doing 18.4 in a leprechaun suit will forever be the most fun I've ever had while exercising. I remember halfway through the workout bursting into laughter thinking at how ridiculous I must look doing bear crawls.

What's your favorite "cheat" food?
Donuts... and milkshakes. Especially milkshakes with donuts in them

What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
Don't be intimidated! No matter our present fitness level, we all share the same goal of self improvement. Most people who are on the fence about starting don't think they're strong enough for Crossfit. My advice to them is not to dwell on what you cannot do but consider what you may soon be able to do. Cherish EVERY victory, no matter how small.  With a positive attitude and commitment, there are few limits to what you can accomplish. 

What drives you?
Being better every day.  Nothing compares to that thrill of being able to do something you could not do the day before. And that is why I love Crossfit so much. There is always room for improvement and progress is easily quantifiable. Its humbling but very rewarding.

What is you biggest fitness goal right now?
Of all the goals I've set for myself, I'd consider being better upside down my biggest goal at the moment. I struggle with handstand push ups and would love to be able to have more control of myself while in a handstand. Down the road, I'd love to be able to do handstand walks.