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Athlete of the Month for October: Ray Ready

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness?

I started with CS&F in February 2016 based on a recommendation from my wife who knew one of the coaches (Tiffani).  It was a great time in the Ready household as my oldest daughter was born Feb 9th (and the Broncos won SuperBowl 50).  I knew CS&F was an amazing community right away when we were sent a gift commemorating our daughter’s birth and I had just joined.    How cool is that?

Favorite Workout?  

Murph.  Hands.  Down.  To me Murph (1 mile run, 100 Pullups, 200 Pushups, 300 Air squats, 1 mile run), is a workout that is very personal.  At CS&F, we do it every Memorial Day where we pay tribute to the sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces and first responders.  It’s a challenging workout based on US Navy SEAL Michael Murphy’s favorite workout and I really like wearing a weighted vest…lol.  It’s such a great turnout every year and the community really embraces it.

Least Favorite Workout?  

“Nancy” – 5 rds – 400M and Overhead squats

Favorite Movement?

PullUps

Least favorite Movement?

Dumbbell Burpee Box Step-Overs

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I am a very lucky father of two girls (Sydney – 3 years old and Daphne – 10 months) and married to an amazing woman, Heidi.  We’ve lived together in Cumming for 8+ years.  My wife is from the Canton area and I’m originally from Colorado.  I majored in Computer Science at the University of Montana while in Army ROTC and entered the Army right after graduation.  I spent 5+ years as an Infantry officer travelling all over Europe and some of the most exotic locations the US has to offer.  I got out of the active Army, joined Arthur Andersen and began my 19+ year career in IT consulting.   Soon thereafter, I also joined the US Army Reserves and deployed to the Middle East supporting OEF and OIF after 9/11.  I moved from Colorado to Atlanta, received my MBA from GaTech, met my beautiful wife, and the rest is history.  Now, I’m a part-time soccer coach for 3 year olds.  Besides working out, I like to play golf, go fishing, snow ski, and spend time outdoors with my kids.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  

I had gotten to the point of not being very consistent.  But I would typically follow the 90’s era split that included – Chest/Tris/Shoulders, Back/Biceps, and Legs (okay sometimes).

What was the first CD you bought?  

Van Halen “5150” was my first CD, but my first cassette tape was  The Police “Synchronicity”

Favorite Cheat meal?

Mexican Food.

What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them?

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what my goals should be.  Once my oldest daughter was born, I knew I needed to be more consistent and more aerobic, if you will.  I was 46 when my daughter was born and felt that I needed to make some changes to keep up with her (and her sister now).  Since joining CS&F, I have been much more consistent with my workouts and now make it a goal to Rx a workout when I can.  But, more importantly, I’ve had more energy to keep up with my little ones and I think I’m a more positive person overall.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  

There are so many to be honest.  Being able to break my personal Murph goal is definitely a highlight as have some of my strength PR’s.  But my first Open was perhaps most memorable of all.  I was struggling to make it to the end of 16.5 (Thrusters and Burpees) and I received so much support from 6AM crew that I was able to finish the workout despite my own doubts.   And, of course, Friday night light throwdown with Andrew Lopez and Josh Angel.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?

To me, it boils down to fundamentals and showing up consistently.   Getting the fundamentals down pat will help you make sustainable gains and progress.  I would also advise a newbie to not be afraid to modify a workout to meet your specific needs (after talking to a coach who can guide you).  Check in with yourself daily to be the best you can be that day!  Oh, and scare yourself once in awhile – learn a new skill or go after a new PR or….?

We have an awesome community and I’ve met so many amazing people with amazing stories to tell.  It’s more than a workout.

Something you might not know about me is?  

While in Montana, I spent my summers in the agri-hydro business installing agricultural pipe, pumps, and lawn sprinklers and then fishing until dark.

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