The Weekly Dose of Awesome

I feel incredibly excited when I get to have Dock in my class.  The way he shows up to me is coachable, upbeat and fast.  I was deeply inspired when he shared with me his journey from being significantly overweight to a light-speed athlete (before/after photos here).  Dock maintains his cool, calm and positive composure throughout the entire class, even when the workout gets tough.  He puts in extra time after class to work on strength and he’s such a genuinely friendly guy it’s hard not to smile when I’m in his presence.  Dock, I am grateful for the energy you bring to UB along with the fierceness as an athlete.

Name: Dock Howard (

Hometown: Chattham, Mass

Occupation: Software Engineer at Product Hunt

When did you first start CrossFitting?  2014

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  Saw a bunch of videos of the CrossFit Games and decided it would be fun to learn how to handstand walk which has become a lifelong goal.

Favorite WOD: “Sham” (7 Rounds For Time of 11 Bodyweight Deadlifts and 100M Sprint) I love running and deadlifts and doing them both really fast.

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with handstand push ups.

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? CrossFit corrected a lot of unhealthy mentalities including thinking running alone was enough.  I’ve learned a lot about efficient movement and mobility. I’m no longer not just running really far.

What are you most excited about in the new year?  To pursue more goals professionally and artistically.  I’m applying to animation studios (Sony Pictures, Pixar, BlueSky) to work with artistic heroes and be their colleague.  With all the work I’ve created to date, I feel more confident in my ability to get these types of jobs.

What are you most grateful for in your life recently?  I’ve got the most supportive family of anyone I know, without them would be broken on the street.  Many put up with my financially unstable choice in career and commitment to extensive fitness habits.  They help me whenever they can.

What’s your definition of greatness?  Pushing your limits and exceeding them when you least expect.  Not necessarily accomplishing your goals but throwing everything you’ve to doing the work to crush them.  Accomplishment alone is not greatness, but having the ambition, grit and drive to go 110%.

What question do you wish you were asked more often and what is the answer?  “Are you absolutely sure?”  Maybe…





I’ve taken up getting (and staying) in shape as a life-long work in progress. It’s a relatively recent pursuit that has changed my life for the better. Working out has helped me through major issues I’ve struggled with including poor self esteem, anxiety and depression. I’m a much happier person than I was then and I look forward to every time I get to go class and see everyone at UB!