JoeyCongrats to Joey Thorpe for being our July athlete of the month! Joey is in the gym regularly and always bring great energy to whatever we are doing no matter what it is! This guy definitely MAKES the TEAM! Learn a little more about Joey “Sticks” Thorpe below:

What makes you, you?
I just genuinely love to help people in any way that I can and love to see other people succeed. Seeing someone achieve something that you know they’ve put in a lot of hard work to accomplish is just really rewarding.

Describe your experience at CFNC.
From day one to me it’s always been about simply listening to the coaching and truly believing that the advice and direction I was being given was genuinely for my benefit. Having back problems most of my life when I mentioned to a few that I was going to give CrossFit a shot they all without fail said, “You better be careful you’re really gonna hurt your back.” Conversely, from beginning with PVC and really doing my best to listen to the coaching and move well core to extremity and build that strength over time I actually now essentially have no back issues at all. Goes to show when given unsolicited advice evaluate the source well. =•) 17 months into this journey and you guys have helped this old guy get somewhat fit. I can almost make it from the couch to the refrigerator without getting winded.

What are your major life goals?
1. Make it back to Romania to continue the mission I was involved in back in 2014.
2. Continuing the growth of my company to where it can one day truly provide others with a career they can be proud of.
3. Become a coach! I want to be to someone the reason they believed they could achieve the goals they set for themselves. (I think that’s actually a spin-off of some cheesy quote I once read but just go with it)

What are your 3 major CrossFit goals?
1. Get more comfortable with weight overhead.
2. Become more intentional with attacking my weaknesses in my free time.
3. Be half as fit as David Ferguson when I’m 60.

What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?
By a mile when I got my face kicked in by the 50lb devil presses in Myrtle Beach. It was the first time I was in an extremely uncomfortable & vulnerable situation where I had the option to give up or keep my cool and just truly grind mentally even though the physical grind was the hurtle. I just believe true growth happens when we are broken down to our core.

What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?
I’m the worst at remembering WODs and their names. Typically when you guys are chatting about certain ones and calling them by name I just nod in agreement but have no idea what you’re talking about. Hahahahaha If I had to pick though I’d have to say the WOD Craig programmed at open gym a few weeks ago.
2 Partner team:
10 rounds of
10 sand bag cleans @100lb
120’ sand bag carry @100lb
30 cal ski erg
10 box jumps @30”
I’m pretty sure my heart rate still hasn’t settled from that one and Harlow did all the work.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’ve always wanted a big family so hopefully a few steps closer to having that.

Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.
I’m what you would call a basic B when it comes to cooking.
Ground turkey with Mrs Wages fire roasted tomato & toasted onion seasoning.
Quinoa & brown rice

What is your favorite cheat meal?
Give me all the damn pizza!!!! As I was typing that I was speaking it in a really dramatic Italian dialect.

What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
For me it’s the mental game. Not stopping in the middle of a workout when that’s all you want to do.

What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?
1. Listen
2. Be coachable
3. Have fun

What is your personal “walkout song” or anthem?
Theres not even a close 2nd to the question for me. “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit from the Significant Other album. If you ever need to run through a brick wall listen to that song.

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