Athlete of the MonthSeptember

Joe Keller

What’s your career?
I am the IT Director for a multi-national manufacturing organization based out of Tucson.

What are some things you do outside the gym that people might not know?
I enjoy all things fine-arts related. Besides visiting galleries and shows I am an avid oil painter.

Do you remember what your first workout was and what you thought?
I don’t recall the first actual workout, but I remember those first thoughts that maybe I got into something over my head.  Then I started to look around and saw people at all different ages and skill levels doing amazing things.  I quickly realized that everyone is on their own journey and everyone is encouraging each other no matter where they might be in their personal journey.  I like that!

What’s your favorite workout?
I love barbell workouts. I enjoy the technicality of the movements. I love when something technical clicks and you realize one little change in form can make major changes in performance.

What’s your least favorite workout?
Not really a fan of burpees.   (I will be one day though)

Favorite Movie:
Dumb and Dumber has got to be my all-time favorite movie.

Favorite Book:
Not really much of a reader, but I was fascinated by “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou

Favorite cheat Food:

How did you find Iron Grip?
I decided I needed to become active, but have never been able to maintain consistency at typical gyms, so started looking for personal training and stumbled across Crossfit.  I was a little nervous about it based on watching it on TV.  I was under the impression that only elite athletes did Crossfit, and if you weren’t already in fantastic shape it was going to be too hard.  But, I figured what harm could it be to try a class and see.  I was hooked.

If you had one famous person to do a workout with, who would it be and why?
Kevin Hart –  He is totally ripped and definitely could put together a beast workout.  He would without a doubt have some jokes, and the best part would be, I wouldn’t be the shortest guy in the room

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