September Member of the Month, Ben Green!


Hi! How the hell are you?  My name is Ben Green and I've been a member at TPA since January 2014.  First, let me thank Tammy and the coaches of TPA for nominating me as Athlete of The Month.  I would like to thank all the previous Athletes of the Month for their inspiring, hilarious and informative articles.  Cheers.  If you don't come to class at 5:30am then I probably don't know you and I'm sorry about that!  I would love to train with all you sons of bitches!  So change it up, come in early, lets crank the music to 11 and throw some weights around together.  Now lets do this!

How and When did I find TPA?  I found TPA in the cold bitter winter of January 2014.  I was aware of Crossfit and its success in transforming people but needed a push to get started.  Enter my friend of 20 plus years, Scott Postler.  So we started together at TPA after checking Google for a Crossfit gym close to us.  Thank God I did too.  I have come to realize the greatest benefit of Crossfit is what it does for you between your ears.  The physical changes are just gravy.

My favorite time to train?  I love the early morning so as mentioned earlier, you can find me at the 5:30am class.  I have 2 young daughters and that time allows me to leave and get back home before they get up.

Where are you from and what do you do?  We just recently moved to Gibsonia but we used to live about 2 minutes away from TPA. I work for ThyssenKrupp Elevator as a route mechanic.  I'm either fixing elevators or performing routine maintenance on them.  Most important thing to remember when trapped in an elevator is to establish a pee corner.  You could be in there awhile.  Secondly, don't freak out, you will not run out of air.  Then go on to check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and wait for help.  Crossfit has definitely helped me in my job.  Amazing how dropping 45lbs improves your mobility, flexibility and stamina.  The physical demands of my job are not as challenging as they used to be.

Tell us about your family?  I'm married to Emily Green and we have 2 daughters.  Molly who is 4 and Myra who is 17 months.  The girls are the main reason I started Crossfit.  I want them to lead healthy active lives and figured I better lead by example.

6 month goal?  I would like to stay healthy and injury free so I'm able to keep training.  I don't have specific goals but my oly lifts are always a work in progress.  Gymnastics, forget about it.  I may have lost weight but HSPU's are the work of the devil.

How do you eat?  Hell of a lot better than I used to!  I quickly realized that eating a cheesesteak, some wings and washing it down with some Miller High Lifes was not going to lead to a great workout.  So most of the time its protein shakes, lean protein, veggies, healthy fats etc... you know the drill.  Then comes Saturday and the wheels come off. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, "Beer is good food"  Who the hell am I to argue with a genius like Benjamin Franklin?   You need a day to cut loose and Treat Yo Self!  Then its back on track and back to the gym to undue all the damage.

What do you love most about TPA?  The people, coaches and still training with Scott almost 2 years later now.  The friendly competition between us keeps us motivated from week to week.  Also, something comical almost always seems to happen from day to day.

If you created a WOD, what would it be called and what would it consist of?   It would be called, "Screw Running"  I'd rather have malaria than run. Seriously.  I like the story of the old bull and the young bull.  If you're not familiar with it, ask me and I would be happy to share.  Now coming to a class this fall/winter right Tammy? Don't say no say yes.  The following would be for time.
500 meter row Cash in/Cash out.
9 power snatch 115/75
15 power cleans 135/95
21 deadlifts 225/155
15 cleans 135/95
9 snatches 115/75

My favorite WOD?  I would probably say, Grace or Open workout 15.5  Open 15.5 was miserable but I do love a good thruster and I didn't die like I suspected I would. win-win.

That's a wrap and thanks for reading.
Peace, Love & Thrusters,