This week's Awesome has only been CrossFitting for just over a year but he's been quietly making those gains in our AM classes.
Eric came in with a solid athletic foundation and immediately put his optimistic, diligent, can-do attitude to work, becoming a regular staple and increasingly consistent top performer. When everyone else groans about the long warm-up run, Eric smiles and jets out the door. When the class gripes about 100 burpees in a WOD, Eric grins and hits the floor. As a Coach, I appreciate his ability to keep moving, push himself and stay positive, even when it gets tough.
For all that and more, Eric is our Awesome of the Week. We're so glad you joined us, Eric!
Read a little more below about Eric's secret talent and how he's both the oldest AND youngest of three brothers.
Name: I'm Eric Hardy??
Nickname / Alter Ego: None, but I have been mistaken for the character, Data, from the Goonies, when I had longer hair.
Hometown: Born in Seoul, South Korea. I came over to the US when I was 9 months old and grew up in the city of Rochester in Upstate NY
Occupation: Revenue Analyst
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June 2015
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: June 2015
Favorite WOD: Anything with burpees
Least favorite WOD: Anything with Double-Unders
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: After countless times bumping into UB classes on my way to work, I finally decided if I can't beat them, join them.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life?: An increase in distance running. In addition to strengthening my core, I've found the same motivation used in CrossFit has carried over to long distance running. Since joining UB, I've steadily decreased my half marathon time and ran in my first full marathon.
What’s your secret talent?: Hmmm, I guess I would say being relatable. I've been fortunate enough to experience an incredible amount of awesome things in my life. More often than not, I've found these memorable experiences and events originate from forming a new connection and taking a genuine interest in others. In short, take the time to get to know someone, it always seems to come back in serendipitous ways.
Tell me something interesting about yourself?: I am both the youngest of three brothers, as well as, the oldest of three brothers. How? Well, I am the youngest of three brothers in my adopted American family, and I am the oldest of three in my Korean biological family. About a year and a half ago, I was fortunate enough to go on an incredible journey that led me to meet and reconnect with my biological family in Korea. The journey was years in the making, but the reward of getting a new family, including two younger brothers was well worth the wait.