June Athlete of the Month: Tom Brennan

It was once said that man is the only animal that blushes. I identified with that emotion when Chris told me I was athlete of the month. I felt honored and privileged because everyone at the gym trains so hard.

My CrossFit journey has been one that began after looking for something to keep me motivated in the gym. I was always training for something sport specific, but after my rugby days were over I needed to find a new avenue to pursue. I remember joining 128 and how the gym felt more like a community than just a place where people worked out. This added another dimension to training because often times I would will my way in the door just to catch up with people. While this would sometimes backfire as I would be pushed to lift more than I thought I could or Rx workouts I didn’t think I could, it has always been worth it. The beauty of CrossFit is that there is always something to improve upon and the programming is never boring.

Of course thrusters are the worst, but CrossFit makes you face your weaknesses and grow as an athlete. Ryan, Chris, John, Kevin, Suzie, Alex, and Mike D back in the day have all been awesome coaches. I think I speak for everyone when I say I appreciate them taking the time not only to lead class, but to offer extra assistance to anyone and everyone who might need it. They are great about telling you when you should step on the gas and when to check your ego at the door.

In closing, when I think about CrossFit I am reminded that it is a skill that must be nurtured and maintained like any other. I reflect on the personal progress I have made over the last year and contemplate where I might be going in the next.