Member of the Month – Aaron Kraus – CFS

Jun 14th, 2016

Category: CrossFit

Member of the Month – Aaron Kraus – CFS

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Please join us in congratulating our newest member of the month… Aaron Kraus! I can vividly remember Aaron’s fist visit to CrossFit Southie. He said he had just moved to Boston and was looking for a new gym. Within an minute, he knew everyone’s name, was throwing up high fives left and right, and cheering everybody on… while completing his own workout. The energy and positive attitude hasn’t stopped since! We can always count on him to bring his encouraging attitude and excitement – whether it’s during the Open, the throwdown, or just an average 5:30AM class. On top of all of that, Aaron is a great athlete who is extremely coachable. It’s a pleasure to have him in class each morning, and we are lucky to have him as a part of our community. Congratulations, Aaron!

How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
I played football in college, so when I was in graduate school in Ohio I was recycling my strength and conditioning program, doing a fair amount of running, and rehabbing after having both my shoulders reconstructed. I wanted more variation and someone else to do programming for me. I’m a competitive and data driven person, so a friend recommended CrossFit and I’ve been hooked ever since.shea clean cheer 2

When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie?
I moved to Boston in January 2015 and tried out a few gyms in the area to learn the coaches, programming, and community. It only took one visit to decide that Southie would be my new home. It’s one of the best choices I’ve made since coming to Boston.

Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
I started in January 2013 at CrossFit Cadre in Hudson Ohio. I did the L1 Cert in January 2014 and coached at Cadre for a year before moving here, so just over three years now all in.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
I’m not sure if there was one moment, but I love how CrossFit can be universally scaled, measured to track progress overtime, and focused on functional fitness. I also can’t say enough about the community. I’ve made some of my best friends through CrossFit and learned many skills that transfer into the workplace and life (e.g. humility, grit, learning orientation, supportiveness).

What are your short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
Short term is to get my shoulder fully healed and back to being comfortable in the overhead position after having another setback last winter. Long term is to contribute a score to the Southie team in the 2017 Open and help the team make it back to regionals for the 8th straight year.

MOM photo shoot_What is your biggest accomplishment?
I found coaching very rewarding. It’s really cool when one cue fixes an entire movement pattern for an athlete. As most people know after this Open season, I get really jacked up seeing athletes hit goals or PRs so I take pride in the accomplishments of our collective community.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
Grace and Isabel are usually pretty good workouts for me. Given my shoulder injuries, I find overhead squats to be a frustrating movement.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I’m an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. The term Psychologist is misleading though as I don’t do anything with counseling. I/O Psychologists use the scientific method to solve the most pressing problems facing organizations, which usually have to do with people. For example, I’m responsible for Selection and Assessment at Liberty Mutual where our team creates the systems, tools, and processes used to measure people’s capability and performance in the organization and potential during the pre-hire process. If you’ve ever taken a test as part of a job application, you can thank an I/O Psychologist for that.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Once I finish my dissertation and PhD this winter, then I’ll be allowed to have hobbies again. For now, I spend all my time working, working out, and writing. I have trouble sitting still for too long, so I do travel a fair amount too.

Fun fact?
I’m an ordained minister (certified through the church of the internet) and officiated two weddings last year.
Squat Snatch
-Between sets complete Scapula rolling and chest stretching

Every Minute on the Minute for 12 Minutes
3 Power snatches (115,75)
6 Box Jump Overs
6 Wallballs

Level 2- (95,65) 3-5-5
Level 1- (75,35) 3-4-4
ADV- (135,95), 3-6-9

Penalty: For every missed round, run 1 loop.

– Coaches Tip –
You should have at least 10-15 seconds of rest after the first round.

Conditioning Class: WOD
Parking Lot Suicide Sprint x 8
Rest :45 seconds between attempts

Conditioning Class: Midline
3 Rounds
10 Bandy Good mornings
10 Bandy Side steps each way
1 minute plank hold

DISCUSSION 22 Comments

  1. Ryan Gould 06/16/2016 at 12:21 am

    Congrats Aaron!
    Snatch: 105×3
    WOD: 11 Rx – 1 loop (took off Rd 9 and the rest was gravy)

  2. Tom Kuchenreuther 06/15/2016 at 3:11 pm

    Snatch: 115 135 155 155 155
    WOD: 10RX, 2 loops with chad
    First day back after a week off.. #NOLA

  3. Liz Crean 06/15/2016 at 2:19 pm

    snatch: 93, failed 98 twice
    wod: done rx

    congrats aaron!

  4. Joel 06/15/2016 at 1:55 am

    Congrats, Aaron!
    Snatch: 90×3 Current 1 RM is 100# so I think it’s time to retest that
    WOD: 10 (75# 3,5,5), 2 loops

  5. Eddy 06/15/2016 at 1:28 am

    Snatch: 155#
    WOD: 9 Rx in lifters which was less than ideal.
    Post WOD penalty: 3.5 miles on the bike and 65 GHDSU broken to 5 rounds

  6. jason barrow 06/15/2016 at 12:38 am

    Yeah! Congrats Aaron.
    Snatch: 155×3
    WOD: 1 Miss Rx

  7. Goose 06/15/2016 at 12:28 am

    Aaron is the balls johnson..even mosquitos love him.

    Only had 15 mins to work out today. Hit the emom with the 7am -Adv. Had to take Rd 10 off, brutal.

  8. Trevor Crean 06/15/2016 at 12:06 am

    Wrist issues: no snatch
    Deadlift instead: 4×3 @305#
    WOD: no missed rounds- 3x dumbbell snatch 55#

  9. Jule 06/14/2016 at 11:39 pm

    Snatches: 115#
    WOD: Missed 1 round w/ 95# and Rx weights.

  10. Chad Michael 06/14/2016 at 11:32 pm

    Snatch: 195
    WOD: 10 rounds RX, 2 loops

  11. Brendan Cottam 06/14/2016 at 11:24 pm

    Congrats, Aaron!

    Snatch: 215
    WOD: 12 adv weight, rx reps

  12. Mike Quigley 06/14/2016 at 6:22 pm

    Snuck in at noon
    Snatch 165×3
    WOD 12 RX.
    Congrats Aaron!

  13. Kathy B 06/14/2016 at 4:19 pm

    Congrats Aaron. Those early morning people sure do seem to have their shit together
    Strength: 75# power snatch with overhead squat PR for both -Hayley gets the credit for that Andrea

  14. Crowley 06/14/2016 at 2:36 pm


    snatch: 165×3
    wod: 12 rx

  15. Ben Brauer 06/14/2016 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats, Aaron!
    Snatch 155#
    WOD: 12 Rx

  16. Brian M. Maser 06/14/2016 at 1:15 pm

    Congratulations, Aaron!
    Strength: 155#
    WOD: 12 Rx

  17. Jason 06/14/2016 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats Aaron!
    Strength: 155# x3 on the squizzy snatch
    WOD: EMOM done rx weight, missed round 8. 1 lap completed

  18. Frawls 06/14/2016 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats, Aaron! Well deserved.

  19. Bish 06/14/2016 at 11:49 am

    Congrats Aaron!

  20. Nick Alonso 06/14/2016 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations Aaron.

  21. Mike Brown 06/14/2016 at 1:40 am

    Aaron! congrats bud!! well deserved.