Name: David Bader

Nickname: take your pick, there are many

Where are you from? Longmeadow, MA (near Springfield)

What is your favorite food? Is Tequila a food? No? Well then sushi.

What do you do in your spare time? When I am not at CFSK I sometimes hang out at South County Cardiology which is part of South County Health or travel a bit south to train Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Humaita Connecticut or travel a bit farther south and chill on the beaches in Mexico or the Caribbean with my favorite travel partner Lisa.

How and when did you find CrossFit? I met this young fella named Stephen Hearne at World’s gym over 10 years ago. He said he was reading up on a relatively new workout called CrossFit and he thought it would be right up my ally. We decided to try the posted WOD the very next day. I think it was 4 rounds of 21 DB snatches left, 21 L pull ups, 21 DB snatches right, 21 L pulls ups. Well I couldn’t sneeze or cough for a week as my abs were on fire and I was hooked. Roger joined us soon after that and the new Three (crazy) Amigos were running all around the gym to the dismay of the owners.

What is your favorite movement? The GHD sit up

What is your goat and how are you working to improve? How much space do we have here? Any overhead shoulder movement with weight due to an impingement issue. I purchased the Crossover Symmetry system that you see hanging on the wall at the box over a year ago and with consistent use I have been pain free. I now need to rebuild overhead strength slowly and avoid cherry picking those movements.

What is one of your favorite coaching moments at CFSK? I really do not have one specific moment. The best are when an athlete gets their first movement that they have been struggling with whether this is an unassisted pull up, a push up on their toes, a muscle up, or an Oly lift.

What are you currently reading? I just finished “Mind Over Muscle: writings from the founder of Judo” by Jigoro Kano

What is a fun fact about you? I have a very eclectic taste in music ranging from the roaring 20’s, 50’s rock n roll, Broadway musicals, heavy metal, classic rock, southern rock, and country. You may notice that rap music is not on my list.

Favorite quote:  “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Name that movie…

What advice do you have for someone new to CFSK? Let go of your fears, leave your ego at the door, and be open to learn new things both about exercise and about yourself. Once you can do those things you will be stepping into a wonderful community of friends, allies, co-conspirators, cheerleaders, and confidants who will make exercise a whole lot of fun!