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Dave Shapiro


Dave is an Atlantic City Police Officer, husband, and father of two.

1. Describe your athletic background.

I come from a mostly cardio endurance background of running and swimming. Before CrossFit, I would primarily train for races from 5K’s to long distance triathlons.

2. How and when did you become familiar with CrossFit?


Some work buddies had tried to get me involved for years. Regrettably, I ignored their requests saying CrossFit just wasn’t for me.  Finally in January of 2016, I decided to give it a try and I’ve been hooked ever since.

3. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?


It had to be my first open. I didn’t want to do it at first, but someone had talked me into just giving it a shot. I have competed in a lot of sporting events, and I have to say the community cheering everyone on during the workouts is what sealed the deal for me. Everyone was so supportive as if every heat was the main event.

4. What advice would you have for people interested in starting CrossFit?


“Trust the process”, and have fun. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Understand that getting more fit is a marathon, not a sprint.

5. What inspires you to keep training and become better every day?


I have always wanted to push my limits and set new boundaries.  Crossfit has allowed me to do that in so many different modalities. But now that I have kids, I want to set a good healthy example for them to follow. Lastly, I want to be an active grandfather someday running and working out with my children and grandchildren.

6. What motivates you to be a coach at R.D.T.?

I want to help people not only live healthier lives, but to push their limits and reach their goals. There are so many people that can benefit from CrossFit, and I want to help people make an impact on their health and their lives.

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