CrossFit 416’s inaugural athlete of the month is a member who has really taken every possible thing we’ve thrown at him, and ran with it: Paul Collins!!!
Paul’s commitment to CF 416 is incredible, and his transformation has been a pleasure to watch. Paul’s strength numbers are the stuff of legend around the gym, and his willingness to embrace the lifestyle challenge head-on saw him make some incredible progress both physically and performance-wise; not to mention that Paul memorably crushed the Assault Bike Challenge with a whopping 45 calories accumulated in a minute of work. He also downed a protein shake in just over 3 seconds to seal the victory in that challenge.
Below, we’ve given Paul a bit of an opportunity to tell us a little more about himself. Keep up the great work, Paul! Congratulations!
Tell us a little bit about how you got started here, what brought you here, how long you’ve been here, what you enjoy most, etc.
September 2, 2014 was the day I purchased myEelements + 3 month membership. It was no doubt a decision that was partially brought on by the questionable decisions I made over Labour Day weekend, or, you know, the previous 25 years of my life.
A year and a half later, I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I never thought I would look forward to going to the gym each day, but now I find myself sitting at my desk watching the clock slowly tick away the minutes until I get to head there, unless that day involves double unders—they are the devil.
The thing I enjoy the most about the gym is the community; we have amazing people here who are fun to be around; always willing to help you out and push you to make yourself better every day. My favourite movements would be anything strength related; shout out to 3 lifts! (Paul and Andrew’s pet project and powerlifting club in the works).
Give us a little background on yourself. Where are you from?
I wasn’t like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere’s a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.
Okay some real background on me, I grew up in Newmarket which is just north of the city. I played a lot of sports hockey, rugby, lacrosse, baseball and snowboarding. Spent four and half years in Guelph for university, who wants to graduate on time anyway? I wanted as much time as I could to refine my drinking skills before making my way into the real world. After I finished my B.Comm in human resources I moved to Toronto, got a job in my field and now I’m here.
Favourite Movie or Television series?
Zoolander – should be obvious by this point
Favourite post workout meal?
Nothing exciting just some chicken, baked sweet potato and veggies
What were you doing fitness-wise before joining CF416?
Keg stands…surprisingly no help for handstand push ups
What keeps you motivated and coming back to 416?
To one day be fit enough to get on Avraan’s no rest day program
What is your dream vacation?
Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.
How do you take your coffee?
If you had to be stuck on an island with one coach, who would it be and why?
Tough one, but it would probably be Rachel, just for her dance moves
Fun fact or quirky thing about yourself that others might not know.
I was in a Molson Canadian commercial once.