May Member of the Month: Don MacCormack
Don began CrossFit early in the beginning of 2013. From the start he was a hard charger possessing a can do attitude, extreme athleticism and explosive speed. Along the way he’s swiftly cleaned up technique, gained strength and conditioning and picked up on difficult skill tasks like Handstand Pushups, Rope Climbs, Double Unders, Pull-ups and Muscle Ups.
Since he started CrossFit, Don would hit his workout of the day, typically the 6pm classes, and began staying afterwards into the 7pm to watch, cheer on and encourage some of the advanced athletes during their workouts. Finding motivation he quickly started putting in extra work after class with the advanced athletes to tackle his weaker movements which he was aware of. This is a great example of someone who doesn’t avoid their weaknesses, is willing to put in more hard work every single day until he destroys that weakness, despite emptying the tank in his earlier class WOD.
To make this more clear, Don was fascinated with his coaches and some athletes doing Muscle Ups and more advanced movements. He began working the muscle up transition drills, repetitively failing every day but got closer each day. Never losing faith he would get a Muscle Up, after practice, failed attempts and frustrations it all clicked and Don got his first Muscle Up within a week. So began the next challenge….linking multiple Muscle Ups together. I challenged Don to stay after each night and before he could leave he must complete 5 Muscle Ups. At first this was a challenge to Don but in no time he was linking all 5 together on top of adding weaknesses into the mix. This is one of the many reasons Don is such a fantastic athlete.
This is more than just a gym membership to Don he treats this like a home, offering and staying to help the coaches clean up equipment, sweep up the box (grabbing the broom without even asking just because), testing trial WOD ideas, etc.
Some amazing feats Don has accomplished in his short time CrossFitting include: Gym record in “Karen” 150 Wall Balls 6:48 (previous time 14 min)
Gym record in Hero WOD “Whitten”
Multiple Unbroken Muscle Ups
Multiple Unbroken Pull-ups
Multiple Unbroken Double Unders
Bodyweight ninja who vastly excels in Air Squats, Burpees, Box Jumps etc
I wish more people were like you, you have the best attitude and energy when I see you I get excited because I know you know nothing less than 100% despite whatever it is we’re doing. You do not hide from any movement or WOD and welcome any challenge and that is something I truly admire. Your growth as a CrossFitter has been very fast, due to your discipline, dedication and mental strength. You are rock solid between the ears my friend, watching you back squat your bodyweight for 50 unbroken reps because I told you I wanted 30 so you shot a little higher blew my mind. You are a phenomenal human being, someone who I’m very glad I’ve grown close with and hot damn you’re a stud of an athlete.
1) What got you into CrossFit?
I’ve played soccer and skied my whole life, I was looking to keep in shape without having to travel as far. Many times I would have to travel to Albany to play soccer for an hour and head back. One weekend I was in Rochester visiting my brother and sister-in-law when I heard about CrossFit, I was curious so I looked
into it. I was excited to see a workout that encompassed core
training, muscle building and increased endurance without that boring
and stuffy gym feeling. When in the Fire Department Adam and I tossed
around the idea about trying it out, and here we are today…
2)What changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit?
I’ve noticed that I have gotten stronger and I feel better/happier when in work,
out in town, or home.
3)What do you enjoy most about RRCF?
I enjoy everything. It’s a great feeling to go to a place where each athlete is trying to help push you, it’s a great atmosphere. The WODs are great, not singling out one
person but designed to make one stronger. The coaches and 7:00pm crew,
it’s great knowing that someone is there that wants to see you make it
to the next level, get you there and then set the bar higher. Every piece is what
makes RRCF what it really is.
4)What do you find to be the biggest challenge with CrossFit?
I think the biggest challenge with CrossFit is it may be intimidating to some.
I think that some people assume the WODs are a little too tough or may
not think they can make it. If people can believe in themselves, they
can do it.
5)What is your favorite movement and why?
My favorite movement would have to be replaced by team WODs. I enjoy working competitively with someone to make us both stronger.
6)Anything you would like to add/say?
Keep your head up. If you can stay a little longer after completing a WOD to work on something of interest or a weakness, it can only benefit yourself. Push yourself
harder, the next time you get to the same WOD or a similar one, you
will be surprised on the results.