Athlete Of The Month – June 2016 : Steven Dunlop

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Tire flips for the win!

Our featured Athlete for the month of June 2016 is Steven Dunlop. I remember when Steven first signed up he was very determined to get to a certain goal. Not only determined but he held himself accountable in the most “elementary” way. What better way to motivate and track your progress…. Than with your very own Star Chart. Yes,  I do mean like the charts we had back in the early years of our education careers. Steven showed me this chart and he explained how he would rate himself daily on, not only his performance in the physical sense, his behavior patterns as well. Dietary adherence, alcohol consumption, and exercise sessions would get “stars” on this remedial excel type sheet. And I thought it was one of the most inspiring things I had seen in a long time. 

Steven was getting married in a couple of months. He visualized his goal. And he held himself to a high standard that he set himself. A true inspiration for anyone looking to attain a goal. With our standard list of questions, let’s hear how Steven’s experience has been so far. 

1. How did you come to find out about Whole Strength CrossFit?

I found Whole Strength pretty much through a google search for CrossFit’s near my home. I tried a few and liked Whole Strength the best.


2. What is your favorite WOD? 

I really enjoy the shorter WOD’s where you can go all out before fatigue sets in and you feel like you powered the whole way through it.

River Sports anyone?

 3. Least favorite move?

The lacrosse ball….we just don’t like each other. If I had to pick a specific WOD move, it would be the overhead portion of an overhead lunge. 

4. Biggest accomplishment so far?

Well, I did get married in March. That’s a fairly large accomplishment. But inside the box, it has to be the 400 lbs max deadlift. I love setting PR’s. Especially the ones I didn’t expect to get or lifts that are a large jump over the past performance.

Steven is very cautious as he navigates the various puddles during his 200 meter run. 

 5. What is your six month Goal?

I have 2 goals. I want to lose 25 pounds which is already in motion since I have been doing the Zone Diet for 3 weeks now and see steady results. The other is to ween myself off scaling the basic WOD moves and build the strength to do more Rx workouts.


6. What do you enjoy most about Whole Strength CrossFit?

I really enjoy the people and group settings. It’s great to come to a place and feel welcomed and make others feel welcome. I also really like that it has smaller class sizes and you can get good attention from the coaches.

Behind every good man is a good…. Dog. And his woman is probably nearby as well. 

7. What is your Occupation? 
I’m a construction manager for a real estate developer. Basically, I oversee all the construction processes of a large multifamily apartment complex downtown. It’s a desk job but I like it.

8. What is your fitness background? 

I did a lot of camping, hiking and river sports as a teenager. I’ve always been a cardio guy but it wasn’t until I started CrossFit that I ever tried weightlifting.

This guy is going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. That’s how we know he belongs with us at Whole Strength. 

 9. How long have you been CrossFitting? 

In 2012, I was bored with planet fitness like gyms and tried out a bootcamp group that met at the local parks. At one point, the coach went on vacation and arranged for the class to go to the local CrossFit while he was out. I really enjoyed their program and switched  over as soon as my bootcamp membership ran out. In hind-sight probably not the smart business decision from that guy. I have been doing CrossFit ever since.


10. Thoughts after first CrossFit experience?

“That sucked…see you tomorrow!!!”

Way to go Steven! Congrats on your big accomplishment. We know you have many more to come. 

What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?

Just show up! Don’t look at the workout ahead of time so you won’t cherry pick what you like. Just show up and do it. Also, when you are lifting, I like the phrase “it will go” it reminds me that if I focus and try, I can make the lift.

I can’t begin to explain how motivating it was as a coach to see Steven push so hard leading up to his wedding. I felt like his goals were my goals and I knew he was going to be in top shape for his big day. The drive in his eyes while working through the WODS and lifts were unmatched. His presence and intensity always pushed the other athletes a little harder because we could see how hard he was working. But you would be wrong if you thought Steven eased up after he finally tied the knot. That drive never wavered. His intensity is a staple at the box. And I’m always thrilled to have him in one of my classes. We at Whole Strength feel honored to be a part of his journey. And we strive to serve him as he continues to grow with us. 

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