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Dan Parker


1. Describe your athletic background.

Growing up I played nearly every sport I could. I swam competitively in high school and was a state finalist all four years both as a team and individual. My active hobbies now are body surfing, kayaking, canoeing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and many others.

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


I was introduced to CrossFit by an old friend and legend Mike Sykes. He saw I was getting a little lost and knew I needed direction and an outlet. I visited him at the gym he was coaching at the time back in 2015. After the first class, I was hooked and there was no looking back.

3. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?


My greatest memory (or greatest experiences really) in CrossFit is watching the growth of individual athletes. It is awesome to see people walk through the door with little to no athletic background and then helping them and seeing them advance in their skills and confidence. Whether it be them hitting a new PR for a lift, getting double unders, getting that first pull up or toes to bar, those memories are unforgettable.

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


Be patient, stay focused, and have fun. There can be a lot going on at times and tons to learn. It can be easy to get lose sight of the basics while trying to rush to the top. Remember to enjoy the journey. It's going to be one hell of a ride.

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

As a former lifeguard and first responder EMT, I am motivated to have the physical ability to rely on my body in all situations . These jobs require you to be in good physical shape, ready for anything, and knowing my body would be able to get through any task is very important. Same goes for CrossFit. CrossFit prepares you for life and teaches you to move well in functional movements, like picking up dog food, sitting down, standing up, pull up,  etc.

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