Athlete of the Month

April 2017 – Shane Stanford

Software Engineer

In general, what is your background?
Lived in Chicago for 16 yrs, original from Myrtle Beach, SC. Went to engineering school at Rose-Hulman in Indiana and have been in the Midwest since.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start? 
1 year. Put simply I just needed a change.

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
I am so much healthier. Making the time for exercise really helps my stress levels and the 312 coaches push me just the right amount. I have never felt stronger in my life.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal):  
My original short term goal was to be healthier with less stress now my short term goal is to get stronger.

Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
225 bench press. 1 rope climb

What do you like most about being a member at 312?  
I think the programming. It is really challenging and I like that. I also have never been stronger then I am now and that is programming mixed with encouragement from other members and good coaching.

Favorite and least favorite movements:  
– Favorite is power clean it just feels good to throw all that weight up in the air.
– Least favorite is burpees.

Favorite and least favorite WODs:
– I like most wods with Cal row or bike or tabatas.
– I hate anything with burpees.

Favorite post-WOD meal: 
Being an 8:00 am crossfitter Bacon, eggs, cheddar and sausage

Favorite movies: 
Most Scifi Most interesting film of 2016 to me was Arrival.

Favorite book:
The Stand. Stephen King

Favorite artist: 
My favorite live show is a tie between flogging molly and reel big fish

Favorite quote or words you live by?
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” and “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Both by Winston Chuchill

What are a few of your most notable achievements?
I have been to 5 out of the seven continents

I’m passionate about:
Software for small business. I really like building things that help small businesses succeed.

Fun fact that we don’t know about you: 
I like to surf and body board and did it a lot growing up in myrtle beach.