Member Spotlight – Alex Spear!

May 24th, 2019

Category: CrossFit

Member Spotlight – Alex Spear!

Alex

Parking Update today – Normal class schedule today- Paving has been delayed, parking is available today in our normal southie parking spaces 

Memorial Day Schedule
Saturday – We will be running one box only and closing at 1pm. All Levels Classes will be held in Southie Green at 8,9,10,11am. Mobility & the Intro class will be held at 12pm. Oly class is cancelled and there is no Babysitting.
Sunday – All Levels classes at 9,10,11,12. No Endurance.
Monday – Memorial Day – 9am and 10am only.

Member Spotlight – Alex Spear!
We’d like to congratulate Alex Spear on our newest Member Spotlight! Alex has been a hard worker since his start here. You can always find him putting in extra time and he welcomes any coaching feedback with such a positive attitude!

Alex has really embraced the CFS community. Most recently he was a part of our Ragnar Relay team. The team placed 24th out of 313 teams! Even better they had an amazing time running 200 miles together and it showed. Alex also competed in our In-House Throwdown with team “Kipping Up With The Kardashians”!

Alex is always happy and willing to lend a hand when needed. He’s one of the first people to help set up or breakdown equipment at the end of class and it doesn’t go unnoticed! We’d like to thank him for being such a great party of the CFS fam! Check out his interview below. As part of being in our Member Spotlight Alex will also receive a FREE Half hour massage complitments of our amazing In-House Clinical Massage Therapist Natalie Johnson!

Name: Alex Spear
Profession: Private Wealth Management Analyst @ Morgan Stanley
When did you start at Crossfit Southie? Came over to CFS October 2018.

What is your Favorite movement and WOD?
For movement, anything on the bar (pullups, C2B, bar mups, T2B) and cleans.
For favorite WOD, either Murph or DT – nothing better than Hero WODs. Doing the workouts for a higher purpose and they’re a great way to honor and remember. Everyone takes the challenge and pushes harder. Not to mention they’re killer workouts!

Which Class do you Frequent?
7:30PM Orange! If I’m able to get over earlier I sometimes jump into the 7PM as well.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Without a doubt, dubs!

What are your Fitness Goals?
To always and continually improve on movements and get stronger – primarily snatching and OHS, among others. Also love doing longer endurance events. Ultimate goal I’m shooting for is an Ironman within the next year or two.

What is your Favorite Part of Crossfit?
A lot of things. Too many to count. But two that stick out:

1. Surroundings — I’ve never been a part of such a large community that’s after the same things — a group of badasses ready to get after it and support one another. Everyone works so hard every day, does extra workouts, and cares about helping others. Everyone’s dripping in sweat laying on the ground after workouts then wants more. What kind of surrounding could be better? And all of the coaches are incredible – thank you to all for your lead, help, and sustaining an amazing environment. Just happy and lucky to be a part of it.

In-House Throwdown Team “Kipping Up With The Kardashians”!

2. Mentality — CrossFit trains you to mentally prepare; to get ready to push yourself and put in your best max effort. Just “showing up” doesn’t get it done. You have to prepare and then attack the workouts, because that’s what everyone else is doing and how you improve. And that process translates to other parts of life — it’s helped me so much in other areas.

How did you get involved in CrossFit and what was your first WOD/experience?
Two close friends and CFS members (one former, one current) got me into it. Conor Murphy (former member) was my roommate in college and for a year in Boston. Since he started in college, he would always tell me about it and send me the workouts. Sean Gildea (current member) lives above me and we used to work out together at a different gym before starting crossfit. Sean got into CF well before me too and same thing – would constantly send me the wods and tell me I had to join. Can’t thank either of those beasts enough – just wish I started earlier.

I was initially drawn to the uniqueness of it. All the different movements and workouts looked crazy and fun and intense. Started trying out parts of CF wods, liked it, then tried some actual CF workouts/benchmarks – hooked. Conor eventually got me to join a crossfit gym in Boston in October 2017, and that’s where I started.

First legit wod I did in a CF gym was 30-20-10 pullups, pushups, and front rack lunge at 135. I was totally smoked after — arms/chest totally blown up from the pullups/pushups and then all those lunges. Dropped the bar so many times. But as everyone says after — you just want to come back and do more. Showed up after a day off and was introduced to OHS courtesy of Nancy. 75 OHS lit me up!

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Love country music and going to country concerts as often as possible – definitely a top one. Endurance events/races (as mentioned before), travelling up to Maine, and playing soccer are up there too. Also on about round 10 of watching The Office – definitely a hobby.

What’s a “Fun Fact” about you?
I don’t have too many fun facts, but hopefully this counts … a while back a buddy challenged me to a race to see who could correctly fill out a map of the countries of the world first. We both practiced/attempted for weeks and I think he ended up beating me to it. Once we both got it, the races became who could do it the fastest (with a 15 minute time cap – any Sporcle fans out there know). So because of it … I’ve got all the countries of the world down!

Warm-up
In 2 Minutes
15 Burpees
AMRAP Bandy Good Mornings
Rest :30

In 2 Minutes
15 Box Jumps w/ Step Down
AMRAP Bandy Side Steps (switch direction every 10)
Rest :30

In 2 Minutes
10 Burpee Box Jumps
AMRAP Bandy Strict Press

Strength
For 18 Minutes
Minute 1- 2 Deadlifts @85-90%
Minute 2- 5/3 Muscle-ups or 10 Ring Dips
Minute 3- Rest

WOD
30 Power Snatches (95,65)
30 Burpee Box Jumps
30 Overhead Squats (95/65)

Level 2- (75,50)
Level 1- (65,35), 20 Reps, Step-ups
ADV – (115/80); 27/24 box

Extra Work
2 Rounds
50/40 Cals Row
20 Strict HSPUs

ADV – 3 Rounds