The Weekly Dose of Awesome

One of the coolest things about being a coach at UB is watching you crazy kids grow as athletes over time.  We coaches say to each other "remember when so-and-so couldn't do such-and-such?  Look at them now!"  

I feel that way about this week's Awesome.  I've witnessed Shalva come to UB with impressive consistency for a while now, and it shows.  He brings a quiet, positive attitude to evening classes, SWODs, and holiday WODs.  His mobility has improved dramatically, as has his strength and confidence with the movements.  So give the man a pat on the back next time you see him, and get to know a little more about our friendly neighborhood Georgian:

Name: Shalva K. 

Nickname / Alter Ego: Shalvinator, Shako, Shalvinsky

Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia (not the state :P) 

Occupation: Product manager in fintech

When did you first start CrossFitting? I started doing 3-4 workouts per week in Aug 2015. I keep my count from there. 

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB? UB is my first CrossFit gym. All started with an on-ramp with coach Kristin. 

Favorite WOD: Murph, because I knew about it for a long time. When I finally did it this past Memorial day, it meant a lot. Generally, I prefer longer workouts with steady pace. 

Least favorite WOD: Anything with handstands / inversions, they still weird me out. 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
I hadn't done anything athletic in my life. Then at grad school I had all this free time and decided to get serious about fitness. I read about CrossFit, downloaded WOD apps, watched YouTube, and tried to teach myself back squats. Didn't happen. So I stuck with bench presses and curls for couple of years, but was always on a lookout for a good crossfit gym. 

One of my best friends is quite a CrossFit monster on her own, talking to her helped make the jump. 

(Bench press still feels relatively easy to me. Thank you 24hour fitness!)

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I discovered that I can run, and that I even enjoy it for short distances :) 

What is the first song in your favorite playlist right now?
Really liking Blink-182's new album 

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Mango Key Lime cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory, or strawberry shortcake from Whole Foods, or Sexy Brian Bar from Hot Cookies, or this, when I'm back home.