Athlete of the Month

January 2019 – Joe Bobek

“Joe is a great person to have in class, he is always consistent and constantly striving to get better in every aspect of CrossFit and overall fitness” – Coach Matt

Nickname: My skateboard buddies call me kujo.

Age: Ripe old age of 26.

In general, what is your background? My family moved here from Poland when I was a baby. I grew up in the ‘burbs, graduated from UIC in 2015 with a degree in business, and now work at a process automation startup.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start? It’s been just over one year since I started. I learned about CrossFit from a family member. My brother-in-law (dude in the picture with me) is a chiropractor and has been CrossFitting for a long time. I started because I reached a point in my young life where I asked myself, “Why the heck not?” Before that, I did not have a set workout routine and I was ready for a change.

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness? Learning the motions here helps me on the skateboard since the mechanics are transferable. High intensity training helps de-stress in day-to-day life. My boss thinks I’m always flipping tires, swinging sledge hammers, and rope battling here. I’ve never done those things so it makes for fun conversation.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal): Year number two in the 6AM crew. Practice rings at home. Grind at work and on my board. Keep slappin’ the bass.

Long term goals (gym and/or personal): All-around progress here and personally. Hollow holds like a boss. MUs, T2B, rings, dubs, handstands, and more weights. Murph with vest. Go on tour somewhere between the quarter and mid-life crisis period. Fill up at least one passport with travels. Keep skatin’.

What do you like most about being a member at 312? The small and tight-knit community. I think it’s part of the reason why I also like working at smaller companies. The more people you get to know and work with the more you learn.

Favorite and least favorite movements: Barbells are neat since there’s a lot of things you can do with them. Air bikes are killers.

Favorite and least favorite WODs: The dumbell, burpee-to-box jump partner WOD crushed my soul. Half Murph with full miles was challenging but rewarding.

Favorite post-WOD meal: On a good day, Whole Foods breakfast burrito with a kombucha.

Favorite movies: GX1000’s “Roll Up”

Favorite book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Favorite artist: Through the Eyes of the Dead

Favorite quotes or words you live by? Anything Larry David or Bob Ross, also Rickyisms (you’ll probably need to Google it). Stay humble—stay a learner. Expand the boundary of caring.

What are a few of your most notable achievements? I am renewing my first apartment lease (& my membership!). I work at a company I admire.

I’m passionate about: Traveling and learning how much there is out there. Music and live shows. Helping build a company and product that’s doing something right. 3 shuvs.

Fun fact that we don’t know about you: I have 3 older sisters. I ollied the Chicago Monroe gap. Two degrees separated from the Musk.