August DAClete of the Month – Justin Glynn
Say hello to our male DAClete of the month for August: Justin Glynn!
Justin’s name came up among our DAC staff as someone who is encouraging, highly coachable, and open to new and unfamiliar experiences. He has been an advocate for our barre and yoga programs since the beginning, telling others what an impact these classes have had on his mobility, flexibility and strength.
What coaches have said about him:
“He is the epitome of what a member of all areas of our community look up to.
“Justin is always a positive force to have in the studio. He walks in ready to work and takes all tips, tricks and cues into consideration during every movement. He pushes himself and those around him and ALWAYS fist bumps, high fives, or congratulates everyone at the end of class.”
Learn more about Justin below:
1. How long have you been a member at District Athletic Club?
I joined in August of ’16 just about a year after moving to New Haven from Boston. I’d been rehabilitating from a lousy achilles injury during my first year in New Haven, but once the doc cleared me, Crossfit New Haven/DAC was my liberation from the disabled list and I’ve (cautiously) never looked back.
2. What are some of your fitness goals to accomplish in last part of 2019?
I am determined to build a very strong shoulder girdle once and for all. This has been problematic in recent years (see below). With this goal I expect all other areas of weightlifting and movement to continue to improve markedly. Additionally, I aim to have Barre and Yoga be integral parts of my fitness regimen going forward as those two practices have already taught me significant lessons about flexibility and mobility.
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you’re most proud?
Simply working through the mobility and pain mess that is my right shoulder. It was injured pretty severely some years ago and not properly treated because of the nature of my work at the time. Between working with Jenn B in our DAC Yoga studio and very encouraging guidance from Coach Frankie on the Crossover Symmetry system located in our box, I have really accelerated the recovery of a dimension of my shoulder that I had basically written off.
4. Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts? What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
We eat healthfully and fresh in my kitchen and I am devoted to daily meal preparation for my family as cooking is therapeutic for me. I keep my diet like I keep my exercise; anti-routine. This means we eat anything from quality cuts of meat to vegan-ish cuisine for a week at a time. I’m constantly learning cuisine styles and techniques from around the world which keeps my diet balanced and exciting. Here’s the big one, I cut out booze entirely on a whim several months ago and it has made for a tremendously positive transformation of mind and body.
My cheat meal? Easy. The Wimpy at Pizzeria Da Legna on State Street. Correct, an entire pie to myself.
5. If you were to choose a workout for the entire DAC, what would it be?
I would go way back to the first WOD I ever completed which was “Grace.” Like all Paleolithic WODs, Grace is magnificent in its simplicity. To that, I would add a compressed ten-minute session of Barre exercise on the ballet bar; let’s call it a Plié to Passé assault! Embrace your inner ballerina or ballerino!
6. How do you spend your time when you’re away from DAC
I ditched my previous professional life of trotting the globe to be at-home father to my two children Andrew and Liliana, so I spend as much time as I can with them and their amazing mother when she’s not trotting the globe.
7. What is one fact that other DAC members may not know about you?
I spent eight years in the US Army.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at the gym?
Despite a lifetime of experience in team sports, wilderness activities, etc., each time I walk into DAC, I take the mindset of a brand new athlete who essentially knows nothing. This really opens up my mind to the atmosphere that all our wonderful coaches/instructors create and allows me to truly listen and absorb their insights and perspectives, truly letting go of ego as much as humanly possible. This absolutely allows me to evolve and learn; and one should always be learning. Take and maintain that type of humility with your training and you shall succeed.
Also, get your butt into Barre and Yoga class. Those disciplines will positively inform your approach to weightlifting and general proprioception+kinesthesia on the Crossfit deck.