Athlete of the Month

August 2017 – Drew Page

“Drew’s transformation has been incredible during his time at 312. He’s consistent and has a strong work ethic. From marathons to Crossfit he puts his all into training!” – Coach Matt

Nickname:
Birdman

Age: 
33

Occupation: 
Director of Operations for an Occupational Safety & Health Consulting Firm

In general, what is your background?
I grew up in Naperville, IL, and graduated from Western Illinois University. I moved to Chicago seven years ago as I was working for a global construction management company in the city. Now I do the reverse commute back to Naperville while working for a small but fast growing firm. My girlfriend and I just bought a condo in Chicago, so no plans of moving to the suburbs.

In high school I quit all other sports to focus only on swimming and my team won the state championship my senior year. After that I was burnt out so I took a break from swimming but picked it back up in my later years of college. After college I worked a lot so I didn’t make time to work out and I ate a lot of fast food for lunch, which led to me becoming slowly more and more out of shape. Two years ago, I decided to get fit again so I joined a master’s swim team.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you
start?
After beginning my adventure to get back into shape I decided to do a new activity each quarter. First I started swimming, then added cycling and then running. This is when I decided to sign up for a half Ironman and the Chicago Marathon. Next I wanted to start strength training and I decided I was going to give this CrossFit thing a try. CF312 was the most conveniently located for me and had a good rating, so I walked in on a Saturday in April of 2016. That’s when I got my ass handed to me by doing a ton of wall balls and decided, “yep, I like this.”

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
The constant variety, and the amount of things to learn and improve upon keeps my interest level high at all times. I have become the strongest I ever have been in my life with way more room to improve.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Keep making strength gains and working on high volume heavy deadlifts (they get me every time).

Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
Maintain a healthy fit lifestyle for the long haul.

What do you like most about being a member at 312?
The 6 a.m. crew! Also the high level of focus on form and technique taught by the coaches.

Favorite and least favorite movements:
Favorite: DB Snatches, Air Bike and Heavy Carries but I pretty much like everything I can do
Hate: Double Unders

Favorite and least favorite WODs:
Favorite: Like them all, but I’m looking forward to Grace (last year I did 115 slow, this year 135 faster!)

Least Fav: Open workout 17.5 because Double Unders messed me up good

Favorite post-WOD meal:
Most of my post-WOD meals are in the car after 6 a.m., so I’d have to say protein shake. If I get up early enough I’ll blend it with oats, frozen cherries, a banana, milk, spinach and peanut butter.

Favorite movies: 
I’m changing this to TV shows – right now we’re watching “The Ozarks”, a Netflix Original, and it’s awesome. Also, HBO’s Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine documentary, “The Defiant Ones”, was great!

Favorite book:
No thank you.

Favorite artist: 
That’s a hard one because I listen to everything. Chris Stapleton and Tom Petty at Wrigley this year were legit!

Favorite quote or words you live by?
“Life is short; play hard.”

What are a few of your most notable achievements?
Finishing the Ironman 70.3 and the Chicago Marathon, swimming a U.S. Masters Swimming Top 10 time in 2017, and gaining a healthy 15 lbs – all within the last year.

I’m passionate about:
Family, friends, work and living a healthy lifestyle.

Fun fact that we don’t know about you: 
When I was younger, starting around age five, I could crush pop (or beer) cans with my shoulder blades. It was a great block party trick!