Our first athlete spotlight is Bruce! Bruce frequents the 6am class and is one of the original members of CrossFit Beyond.
1. How long have you been doing CrossFit?- I think I've been doing Crossfit for about 5 or six years now - since Albany Crossfit opened whenever that was.
2. Why/How did you start? I had been a member of the Court Club for a number of years. Every morning I would get on the elliptical machine and exercise while I memorized my Sunday Sermon (I'm the pastor of the Community Reformed Church of Colonie). Once in a while, if I was truly inspired, I would go to the weight room and fiddle around with some of the other machines (nothing that remotely resembled a workout). One day, in the locker room, I got to talking to Brett Andrus. I asked him if he was a new member of the Court Club and he explained that he was a coach for a new program called Crossfit that had taken over one of the handball courts down the hall. I asked him what Crossfit was. He told me and then invited me to give it a try. I graciously declined. In any case, each time he saw me over the next few of days, he would encourage me to give it a try. He persevered in his invitations and finally, one day I caved. The following morning he walked me and another woman (I don't remember her name anymore) through some Crossfit basics. By the end of the WOD, if you can even call it that, I felt like a heart attack waiting to happen. I was pathetic... I'm sorry PATHETIC!!! With capital letters and exclamation points. I have no idea whatever possessed me to return. I think I felt bad that Brett didn't have anyone in his class yet and I think part of me didn't want to be perceived as a quitter. For a few weeks Brett was my personal coach. Gradually, others joined the class. Joy was one of those early members. In those early days it was often just me, Joy and Brett. Soon thereafter, Bill Julien and Mark Marozzi were attending as well. In those early days, some pretty strong bonds were established. Brett's class started to fill up. Albany Crossfit grew rapidly. They took over another handball court and then two more. Classes were added. Staff was added. Unfortunately, some of the intimacy disappeared. The price of success, I suppose.
3. What is your favorite WOD?For reasons I will never understand, I seem to like strength days. I like weight lifting. Who'd have thought it? We're talking about a guy who skipped every possible high school gym class that he possibly could.
4. Can you tell me 3 random facts about you?
- I've been married to my wife Sandy for almost 41 years. We have two grownsons. Brendan, my older son is married and living in New Hampshire. He isa Beekeeper. My younger son, Matthew is a cook at Otis and Oliver's now at the Mill Road Golf Course.
- In college, I majored in theatre (Directing and Set Design) After college,I ran an off-off Broadway theatre on Manhattan's Upper West Side and taught high school drama in a progressive private school. Several of my former students have done quite well for themselves, including Kenny Longergan(playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker - received an Oscar nomination forhis film "You Can Count on Me" and Matthew Broderick, Tony award winner for Biloxi Blues and The Producers. Most people, however, think of him as Ferris Bueller.
- I have written two full-length musicals. The first, "Weep Jeremiah", based on the life of the prophet Jeremiah, was produced at Schenectady County Community College in 2000. The second, "Second Coming" is based on the life of Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker Religious Sect. I hope to do a staged reading of that in the near future and perhaps a full production in the next year or two.