This week I want to give a shout-out to someone who has really impressed me with their continued progress. This athlete came to UB with plenty of experience. When I met him, he told me about some physical limitations that have kept him from doing certain movements. He sounded resolute that they would probably remain out of reach. We encouraged him to follow the programming, go slow, and keep an open mind. Over the last 2 years, he has been checking these movements off the list. The weight on his snatches and overhead squat grew. Handstand pushups and muscle ups went from no-gos to singles and now multiples. Pat is determined to do it all. He even scheduled a session to geek out on the CrossFit programming process. Pat's dedication and excitement over his continued progress are contagious! ... And those are just a few of the reasons what this man continues to be awesome! Thanks for continuing to inspire us!
Name: Patrick Eichmann
Nickname / Alter Ego: My college friends call me 'Sticky'
Hometown: Born & raised in White Plains, NY.
Occupation: Director of Sales for a mobile advertising platform.
When did you first start CrossFitting? 2006
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: Sept 2014
Favorite WOD: 'Murph' or 'Chief'
Least favorite WOD: Maybe I'm weird but I don't think I have one. They're all painfully awesome.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? After college I struggled with staying consistent with a gym routine. My older brother was following CrossFit while he was deployed in Iraq and suggested I check it out. I figured if the Marines did it to stay in shape while deployed than it was probably a good idea. He sent me a link to the main site and I was off to the races. That was back in 2006 and I've been hooked since.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I believe lots of folks that follow CrossFit tend to spend too much time worrying about the performance of others, and in turn become hyper focused on how fast other people complete a workout or how much weight they can lift. At times that viewpoint can be helpful but it also can be detrimental to your progress. CrossFit has helped me realize that everyone is in a different stage and judging yourself against others isn't a necessarily a good barometer of success. Success is pushing yourself to be better than you were the day/month before. Just do you. That understanding has been a game changer for me both in and outside of UB.
What is your favorite cheat meal? I'm a huge sucker for pizza. I also love anything that's peanut butter chocolate flavored. So, I guess what I'm saying is that my favorite cheat meal is Peanut Butter Chocolate pizza.