Congratulations to Anthony Ciampa for earning Bad Ass of The Month for July!
Anthony has been a member of our community for the past 1.5 years.
DAMN…I sill remember him walking in for his first consultation.
So skeptical if CrossFit and our training program would be able to help him accomplish his goals that had been eluding him for so long.
Not only will you find Anthony at the gym 4-5 days per week, but you’ll find him talking with members – new and old – and being such a positive kick ass person in class!
All is hard work is paying off big time! He’s down 26lbs of fat and lookin’ freakin’ jacked!!
So without further ado, lets get to know Anthony!
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in June of 2017, after working up a partnership through Whole Foods Market® and CrossFit OneNation in Needham with Austin Malleolo, J.C. DelReal and Sam Horenstein and learning what CrossFit was all about, and how functional and beneficial of a workout it is, I was hooked. I needed a change from the “globo-gym” routine.
Do you remember your first WOD?
Not excatly, I remember there were 50 (24”) box jumps 500 yard walking lunges, push press and barbell good mornings, I just remember thinking this is harder than all 30 half marathons I’ve ever run, when can I do it again?
What class do you typically train at?
the 4:30pm class, when my schedule is free I like to work out in the morning and start my day off right.
What is your favorite workout?
I actually really enjoy the classic benchmark WOD Nancy, because I want to improve on my overhead squats, I honestly like any workout that challenges me, whether I PR or not.
What is one movement you LOVE and one movement you HATE?
Now that I’m getting more comfortable with the technique, I really love squat snatches, thanks to Doug Nascimento.
The one movement I hate is handstand push-ups, I can do them but I need to get stronger to perform them better.
Any BIG goals set for the next year?
Perform better at the CrossFit Open, take the Ben Bergeron “Chasing Excellence” approach of giving each open WOD everything I’ve got, not worrying about redoing it.
Just noting my strengths and weaknesses are, so I know what to work on to really have a balance out the 10 fitness domains of CrossFit.
I look forward to an opportunity to become a student of CrossFit, developing my knowledge so I can cue athletes to achieve their goals and challenge themselves.
How has CrossFit helped you?
CrossFit is safe, especially when you have truly amazing coaches who know their stuff, can pinpoint triggers to help you execute all essential points of performance during any movement?
I’ve also been able to get better with my nutrition, I’ve dropped 20 plus pounds in one year, without starving myself, all while enjoying a treat or snack without falling off track.
Tell us one fun fact about you?
It’s a toss up between playing guitar, and my collection of WWF replica championship belts.
You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing would you want to be left with you?
Plenty of salmon to eat, and a mp3 player so I could listen to any sort of metal music while I workout and keep myself sane.
Who is your favorite superhero?
What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?
What’s your best tip for new members?
Be patient, listen to the coaches, and your body don’t be a hero, just work hard and overtime the results will show,
What motivates and inspires you?
Sara Sigmundsdottir’s FitAid documentary on YouTube, hearing her say “You wouldn’t quit in competition, why would you quit in training” just motivates me when WODs get tough.
Watching videos of Triple H (WWE Superstar) coming back from completely tearing both of his quadriceps right off the bone on separate occasions, and coming back to being at the top of his game, his WrestleMania training videos are intense.