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October Athlete of the Month: Patrick Barry

When did you start with Cumming Strength and Fitness? 

I started working out at CS&F (then Crossfit Cumming) around June of 2014, it’s been over 3 years now…!

Favorite Workout?  

I can’t specifically name a workout, but I like the barbell.  A lot. I love the strength element of the workouts. I also have to admit, I love WODs with ‘built-in” rest too.

Least Favorite Workout?  

Anything involving running. Rachel told me when I started one on one, and I quote: “there’s no running in Crossfit.”  Not a big fan of pull-ups either, or any bodyweight gymnastics movements in general. Gravity seems to be a little crueler and punishing for us big guys….

Favorite Movement?

I like snatches and cleans, but my favorite probably is heavy back squats.

Least favorite Movement?

Although not really a movement, I am not doing crab walks during warmups!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m married to Torie, have 3 great “kids” (actually young adults), love my job being an Architect, and enjoy many hobbies including golf, fishing, you name it, I’ll try it.

What were you doing before you joined CS&F?  

Not much to be honest. Sitting at my desk really…

What was the first CD you bought?  

Can’t remember first CD, but I do remember my first record album (ok, I know, I’m older than most of you) was The Charlie Daniels band, Devil Went Down to Georgia.

Favorite Cheat meal? 

Lobster with lots of drawn butter.

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

Stay active, keep muscle mass, do SOMETHING…

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

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY!!! Enough said.

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

Just keep coming. Seriously. Just show up.

Something you might not know about me is?  

Although I’ve been self-employed for 22 years now, the Great Recession “almost” decimated my business. So, during those lean years, I ended up becoming a Full-time career Firefighter/EMT in South Fulton county. Was an incredible time in my life despite a lot of the hardships at the time. In fact, one of the best blessings I’ve ever experienced. Very humbling, and I loved the brotherhood within the fire service. I’ve found some of the most rewarding times tend to be the “lows” in life.

Just keep fighting, never quit!

PS-Thanks Jill and Hunter!

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