April 2017 Athlete of the Month – Joe Vukovic

First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself—where are you from, what do you do outside of the time you spend here—work, hobbies, fun facts, etc. anything goes! The more the better! What would you like people to know about you?

I was born and raised in Ottawa, the beautiful capital city of our Nation. I moved to Toronto in 2012 to complete a B.comm in Retail Operations Management. I currently work for TJX Canada the parent company of Marshalls, Winners, and Homesense as an Allocation Analyst. I started with the company back in May of 2016.

Fun Fact: When I lived in Ottawa I was a part of the Ottawa Croatian Folklore group for 13 years. I used to play different instruments and had taught beginner and intermediate students in the organization. The group would frequently travel across the GTA, USA, and Quebec to perform in different international festivals.

 

Tell us a little bit about your fitness history. What were you doing before you joined CrossFit 416? How did you find out about us? How was your first class here? How long have you been coming here? What has been the biggest factor in keeping you hooked at CF 416?

Before I started Crossfit I played soccer most of my life getting up to Men’s Competitively Level One. I was always one of the fullbacks on the team because of the height I had. I started my official Crossfit career at NCR Crossfit in Ottawa, but I was introduced to the sport during my University days by another fellow 416 member, Igor Mnich. I’ve been with CF416 since May 2016. What drives me to Crossfit is the sense of community you share with all members.

 

If you could go back to that first class and give yourself some advice based on what you know and understand now, what would it be?

Pace, pace, pace. Know your strengths and weakness and know when to push and when to scale back in a workout.

 

What is your favourite movement in CrossFit? Why?

The Snatch. It’s a thing of beauty. Pick up some heavy weight and drop your ass to the ground and drive up like a rock star.

 

Aaaand your least favourite movement and why?

The Deadlift. I find that with a low weight and high reps my form goes to shit. And having long levers doesn’t really help with proper positioning.

 

If we could create a Hero WOD named “Joe”, what would it be? Movements, rep schemes, rounds, length of time, etc. all variables are yours to unleash your programming creativity here!

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 – Row for cals and wall balls. Similar to 14.5

 

List three things that can almost always be found in your fridge.

Greek yogurt, Egg whites, All natural peanut butter.

 

What is the thing you’re most proud of accomplishing in your life thus far?

Creating a new life in Toronto.

 

Who or what inspires you on a personal level?
My mom.

 

You just came back from a vacation. We hope you enjoyed it. What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to? Why? Where are you planning on going next?

Costa Rica, I went with 12 friends from University and by far this trip was the best experience I’ve had abroad. Next trip is to Vietnam in September or October.

 

How do you like your toast? (The more detail the better—think specific bread, butter, condiments/toppings, shade of colouring, etc. haha)
Toasted on level 3. Lots of butter and strawberry jam.

 

Tell us something about yourself no one might ever guess about you.

I love to dance and cook.

 

If you had to pick a song as a walkout theme, what would it be?

M.O.P. – Ante Up Remix ft. Busta Rhymes, Teflon, Remy Martin

 

What is your most embarrassing childhood/teenage infatuation/trend/fad, etc. that you wholeheartedly prescribed to (favourite bands, fashion styles, haircuts, accessories, etc.)?

White belt and a white pair of aldo dress shoes. Bougee AF.