October 2016 Athlete of the Month: Andrew Ghabbour
Andrew, congratulations on being featured as our Athlete of the Month for October. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
It all started nearly 30 years ago. A cute little boy was born in the land of the Pharaohs. Upon reaching the age of 4 and 5/6ths, he moved to the beautiful land that is called Canada. He spent his early childhood, awkward teen puberty years and odd early 20’s living in the Kitchener area. Once realizing how badly he was wasting his life he decided to quit his job and travel around the world for half a year. Upon his return, he decided to take life seriously and landed a job at TD Bank. This forced him to move to the big city. Now, the big city was a scary place, but he managed to find shelter in a lovely little gym called CF 416. The rest, as they say, is history.
By day, I’m a Systems Analyst for TD Merchant Solutions. By night, I like to knit little sweaters for rats and raccoons and hand them out around Toronto. I love doing laundry in my spare time. I like knocking on random doors in my condo building then running away. It’s definitely a great way to get to know your neighbours. I also like throwing stuff at other stuff. Super fun! Groceries rock my world. The Swiffer is my best friend.
You’ve been at CrossFit 416 for a little while now, what keeps you coming back day in, day out?
Luke’s bad jokes. Robyn telling me to stop dropping things and rolling her eyes at me. Daniele telling me to pay attention. Gys telling me to stop muscling things. Dan saying hi to me every once in a while, thus confirming the fact that he knows I exist. Aside from all that, we have a good group of people that attend the gym.
What accomplishment are you most proud of during your time here? Take some time to brag!
I found that my performance has grown exponentially during my time at CF 416. I wasn’t able to complete the majority of the movements when I first got to the gym. Now I’m only lacking in a handful of movements. Gymnastic movements and the increase in my running capacity have been my greatest achievements
Since you’ve been here, you’ve participated in a few members’ competitions and other competitions we’ve hosted here at the gym. Talk us through your experience a little bit; what would you tell someone who’s on the fence about competing?
The competitions held at CF 416 are pretty awesome. It’s a good group of people getting together to compete and hangout (drink). The competitions are a great way to get you out of your comfort zone. I recently participated in the CF 416 Classic knowing full well the Clean & Jerk and Snatch are a weakness of mine. Having the pressure of an audience watching you and the corresponding adrenaline rush helped me PR movements I was unable to do just a few months ago. I would definitely recommend anyone to join the competitions. They’re loads of fun.
What is your next fitness/performance goal?
Double Unders, handstand push ups, and snatches are still the bane of my existence. Those are the movements I would eventually love to master.
Enough about CrossFit—what is the most embarrassing fad/fashion trend you wholeheartedly subscribed to in your younger years? (Think puka shell necklaces, chin straps, etc.)
Knock-off LA Gear light-up shoes; Ill-fitting clothing; Axe body spray; Chumbawamba; Ross Gellar-style wet head; out-of-control peach fuzz; tucked in shirts, tighty whities, hiked up white socks; basically the only things missing are a pocket protector, a wedgie, and glasses, and I would have completed the most embarrassing set of circumstances imaginable.
Let’s say life takes a weird turn, and you’re forced to walk in to every room you ever enter using an entrance theme song—what would it be and why?
Daybreak by Michael Haggins. If anyone watches Community, they’ll understand.
What is your favourite restaurant in the city? Why?
Restaurants are overrated. I like a good street meat vendor. One that saves my ass after a long night of drinking. I normally frequent the dude on King and John after a night on the town. And because I have a ridiculous appetite, I end up having another one at Bay and Queen’s Quay right after. They seem to be my absolute favourite thing while under the influence. Don’t ask me how they taste while sober; I wouldn’t know.
If you could take a trip anywhere and with anyone, where would it be and with who?
The final 2 continents on my list are South America and the Antarctic; I’d do either/or. I would probably end up doing it alone. Travel companions are too much of a hassle.
Favourite cheat meal?
Pizza. I would marry a pizza if I could. I’ve already had pizza 3 times this week…I have a problem.