Athlete of the Month

March 2018 – Dave Emmel

“Dave always comes to class with a great attitude and inspires the other members with his work ethic. He’s been a member for a long time, and I’ve never seen him give less than 100%!” – Coach Pat Z


Civil Engineer

In general, what is your background?
I am originally from Pittsburgh, but have lived in South Bend, Indiana for a long time. I have made a career in the construction industry, which is what brought me to Chicago.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
I have been coming to Crossfit 312 for over 5 years. I started going to a gym in South Bend, Indiana with a bunch of friends that I ski and cycle with. When I came to Chicago, I was looking for a similar atmosphere.

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
It is a good stress reliever after a day at work and I feel that I am stronger than I have ever been.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Continued improvement at all of the movements.

Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
I have never in my life been able to do a pull up, but I think I might get there.

What do you like most about being a member at 312?
I like the comradery and the community feel.

Favorite and least favorite movements:
Favorite is clean & jerk, least is overhead squat.

Favorite and least favorite WODs:
I like most workout that involve lifting and using the rowers. My least favorites are any workouts with burpees.

Favorite post-WOD meal:
Rotisserie chicken

Favorite movies:
I am not a big movie watcher, but a couple that I like are, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shawshank Redemption.

Favorite book:
Detective type books. I like most John Grisham books.

Favorite artist:
Many classic rock artists. One favorite, that I saw recently at the Chicago Theater, was Steve Winwood.

Favorite quote or words you live by?
My daughter is grown and now my granddaughter is almost grown up. When thinking about things that we no longer get to do togethers, as they go on their own ways, a quote that I saw once that pertains is: “Don’t be sad that it is over, be happy that it happened.”

What are a few of your most notable achievements?
A few years ago, I became a license professional engineer by passing the PE exam after putting it off for many years.

I’m passionate about:

Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
I am a horrible musician, but I still like to play guitar and piano anyway. Luckily for those around me, I don’t often have the time.