Member of the Month: Thomas Patterson!

Nov 4th, 2013

Category: CrossFit

Member of the Month: Thomas Patterson!

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We are pleased to announce that our newest member of the month is Thomas Patterson! Thomas is extremely dedicated – not only to his own training goals, but also to making CFS a better place for everyone. He’s always got a smile on his face (even on overhead squat day!) and is the first to lend a helping hand when we need it. We’re lucky to have him in our community! Read below to get to know Thomas, and be sure to give him a big high five next time you see him at the box!

First of all, thank you for selecting me as member of the month and thanks to all of the amazing coaches at CrossFit Southie. This is truly an outstanding community,
·         Starting with the members: hardworking, encouraging, friendly, helpful. You make it fun to come to class. Thanks! Special shout out to the 7pm class! You guys are great!
·         The coaches: it’s mind blowing to have so many great coaches that are also great people, I’ve learned so much from all of you. Thanks!
·         Lastly, Goose & Amy:  you can’t have any of this without a good foundation and what you have built at CrossFit Southie should be a model for all. It is definitely shaping the training of my baseball players. Thank you for allowing me to soak up as much training knowledge as possible.

How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
One of my best friends is a member of CrossFit Florian; she convinced me that I would love it.
My first WOD was 400m Run, Two Rope Climbs and Burpees. After seeing athletes fly up and down that rope, all I could think of is being able to do it too. I also consider the beginners class as a first WOD. I came to CrossFit In Shape… I left the beginners class thinking…What the, that’s a beginner’s class…I’m so out of shape. (Both WODs were with coach Tina-Mo)

When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie?
I started CrossFit Southie in August 2012.

Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
Yes, CrossFit Southie was my first and I’ve been here for a little over a year.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
At the beginner’s class, and re-enforced after the first week. I love the way we push and encourage each other to work up to our capacity.

What are your short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
My short-term goals are:
1. Working on my flexibility so I can add weight to my overhead squats.
2. Increasing my strength.
3. Getting my first muscle up (Bar and Ring).
4. HSPUs in a WOD.
My long-term goals are:
1. Continue soaking up as much knowledge as possible from all of the amazing coaches.
2. Completing WODs Rx.IMG_6846

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Overhead squats with weight on the bar. I couldn’t do an OHS with a PVC when I started.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
I love WODs with rope climb, burpees and wall balls, but I like all of them.
My least favorite would have to be overhead squats, if I don’t get more flexibility in my shoulder my arm may fall off.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I am a Sr. Applications Developer at Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Trust where I develop and maintain windows and web based applications.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Golf, bowling, running, video games and basketball.
Baseball:
I’m a coach of the Boston Astros (Ages from 13 to 21). We play in city, state, region and national tournaments. I played for the Astros growing up. Here is a link to our most recent accomplishment!
Martial Arts:
I’ve studied Kempo Jujitsu for over 15 Years.

Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
I would say I eat paleo about 80% of the time. My favorite paleo food is Pancakes w/Carmel
My favorite non-paleo food is Pizza and Mac & Cheese.

Fun fact?
1. I’m a 1st Degree Black belt in Kempo Jujitsu.
2. I love almost all sports
3. I played on the same baseball team as Hank Aaron’s son and nephew (Florida A&M )

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On Friday, PM classes will be held in Southie Green only.  330,430,530 & 630pm classes are cancelled to prepare for the throw-down.  We could use some help.  If you are free, stop by the box and help set up.

Strength
Back Squat
3-3-3-1-1-1

WOD
Tabata Fun
Rest 1 minute between movements
Air Squats
Sumo Deadlift High pull (75,55)
Sit-ups
Shoulder to Overhead (75,55)

Level 2 (65,45)
Level 1 (45,35)

* Score is the sum of the lowest rounds

DISCUSSION 27 Comments

  1. misstat 11/08/2013 at 5:19 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Thomas P. from your ATL family.

  2. Ryan Gould 11/06/2013 at 1:33 am

    Back squat: # 205
    WOD: 26 RX (# 75)

    The sumo DL high pulls were the worst of the bunch

  3. LJ 11/05/2013 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats Thomas. Enjoyed reading about the Astros, very cool.

    Back Squat: 390 PR (Took a while but my creaky knee appears to be coming around)

    WOD: 34 Rx

  4. Thomas Patterson Jr. 11/05/2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks everyone!!!! See Chuck for photo shoot. Lol????
    High Bar Back Squat 225
    WOD – 40 RX (16 6 12 6)

  5. sammy belton 11/05/2013 at 4:30 am

    Good times with the 6 pm crew tonight. Plenty of energy!

    High Bar Back Squat 300×1 PR for high bar.

    WOD 20 RX. Sumos need work.

  6. Emily 11/05/2013 at 2:55 am

    Congrats Thomas! I love having you in the 7pm Thursday class. You bring an awesome energy!

  7. nicole dholakia 11/05/2013 at 2:08 am

    Thomas!!! Awesome stuff, keep it up and BIG congrats!!!
    Back squat: 175 x1
    WOD: 32 Rx

  8. Joel 11/05/2013 at 1:41 am

    215 to tie my PR. Ran out of time on the platform.
    32 Rx – 12, 5, 11, 4. Really screwed up the STOH…got 11 the first round and only 4 the fourth round. Not good planning on my part.

  9. JBo 11/04/2013 at 11:20 pm

    Congratulations Thomas! Keep up the awesome work buddy.
    (Low-Bar) Back Squat: 265×1 (20lb PR…and was SOOO close to getting 275lbs) – thanks to DeVerna for being a great platform buddy and to Berretta for helping to keep the intensity up on this cold, dark, Monday evening.
    WOD: 38 (14, 8, 10, 6) L2 – Note to self for future tabatas: you can probably bump it up one notch to 15 on air squats and instead of starting w/ 8 Sh to OH and falling to 6 halfway through, try doing 7 all the way through instead…

    • JBo 11/04/2013 at 11:22 pm

      Oh and I will definitely NOT be working out on Friday to rest up for the weekend’s competition. So I will plan on coming in to help set up for at least an hour or two.

  10. Thomas Patterson Jr. 11/04/2013 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks to all of you!!! You’re the best!

  11. Bish 11/04/2013 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats Thomas! Keep kill’N it!

  12. amy 11/04/2013 at 4:41 pm

    Thomas has been such an amazing member of the CFS community. He is great to coach and has taken much of what he has learned through CrossFit and has applied it to his role as a baseball coach. Thomas is extremely selfless, smart, and kind. Aaaand he looks about 25 years younger than he is 🙂

  13. Jason 11/04/2013 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats Thomas!

    300# back squat- 25#PR
    42 total (19, 8, 10, 10)

  14. goose 11/04/2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thomas is looking like the BOSS that he is in these pics

    • Kelly 11/04/2013 at 3:11 pm

      Seriously. Where can I order this triple deluxe CFS photo package? And is it possible to get the “laser” background?

      Congrats Thomas!

  15. Patrick V 11/04/2013 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats Thomas!

    335 and 40 on the WOD (13, 9, 11, 7)

  16. Marc Piccuirro 11/04/2013 at 12:38 pm

    325. had a PR in my sights just ran out of time. No matter my platform
    still hosted 3 others!
    47 (19, 8, 10, 10)

    530HTK indeed

  17. Mike Quigley 11/04/2013 at 12:28 pm

    Nice work Thomas, Congrats!
    275# back squat, 10# PR (congrats to the rest of the 530HTK crew – seems like everyone PR’d this morning).
    37 on the WOD – 10, 8, 9, 10. Went a little too easy on the squats. I thought the SDHP were the toughest.

  18. griff 11/04/2013 at 5:57 am

    Congrats Thomas. keep crushing

  19. Meg Driscoll 11/04/2013 at 2:39 am

    Congratulations Thomas! Very well deserved. Hope to see you in class soon!

  20. James Saunders 11/04/2013 at 2:32 am

    Awesome! Congrats and very well deserved!

  21. Joel 11/04/2013 at 1:30 am

    Congrats Thomas!! Well deserved.

  22. JeffSully 11/04/2013 at 12:13 am

    Have the day off on Friday guys so definitely count me in to help set up Friday! Can’t wait for this weekend!