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CrossFit Peabody Member of the Month: Bert Philip

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Congratulations to Bert Philip for earning the title of Bad Ass of the Month for June!

Bert has been a member of our community for the past 14 months and damn is he leaving his mark!

Infamous for his hilarious meme creations, sick beats for events and competitions, Bert will ALWAYS be the first one to offer up help and volunteer his time for the gym and any member of it!

Can’t imagine the community without this guy!

So without further ado, lets get to know Bert!

When did you start CrossFit and why?

I started with fundamentals back in April 2017, with my wife, Caitlin.  Prior to CrossFit, I worked out at the Y several days a week.  The gym routine became quite boring and monotonous, which lead me to CrossFit.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Umm YES!  I’ll never forget it!

Saturday Sweatfest – In teams of 3, complete the following:

Row 3k

Then..

5 Rounds of:

30 KBS

30 Burpees

Then..

Row 3k

*40 Minute Cap

I needed the entire 40 minutes and then some!

What class do you typically train at?

4:30 Monday thru Thursday, 7a on Friday’s.  Occasionally, I’ll do the Wednesday Sweat class.

What is your favorite workout?

Anything involving rowing or running.

What is one movement you LOVE and one movement you HATE?

I LOVE rowing.  HATE Overhead Squats.

Any BIG goals set for the next year?

To continue working on my hip mobility. Kipping pull-ups, completing the Spartan Trifecta (2 more races to go), and building some lean muscle.

How has CrossFit helped you?

Since joining CFP, I’ve managed to shed over 30lbs of excess weight.  I am no longer considered to be a borderline diabetic and I’m now able to run long distances.  As a matter of fact, I am running the B.A.A. 10K in a few weeks.  A year ago, I could barely run 800m!

Tell us one fun fact about you?

I am an avid traveler.

You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with you?

Sour cream & onion potato chips and my music collection.

Who is your superhero?

My mom.

What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?

I have a few, but my greatest achievement happened recently.  I was able to complete a rope climb.

What’s your best tip for new members?

Check your ego at the door and prepare to be humbled.  Listen to your coaches; if you don’t understand a movement, ask questions.   Focus on your form before adding weight!  Be consistent and most of all, have fun!

What motivates and inspires you?

The progress I’ve made and the CFP community.

 

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