Our Spotlight Athlete for October is…A-A-RON! Aaron Grossman is an outstanding guy, loving father as well as husband, and also served our country in the United States Air Force. He was one of the first 30 members to sign up at CFR and has been a great person to get to know over the past couple of months. Although he has quite a hectic schedule, he always makes time for his workouts and we commend him on his dedication. Aaron is probably one of the funniest, quirkiest people we have met and we love every minute with him! Every class he comes to he has a smile on his face, a coffee in his hand, and some crazy, witty joke or comment that has everyone cracking up. We have some stellar athletes here at CrossFit Rolesville and Aaron Grossman is a great sample of the amazing people we have training inside our gym!

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Proudest accomplishment at CrossFit Rolesville?

My proudest accomplishment was when I finally did a power clean correctly. I didn’t realize I did it right until Thomas’s eyes lit up with excitement and said “You did it”! I could tell it was a rewarding moment for him as a coach! His response made me realize that conquering something I initially struggled with was a great thing. We embraced immediately after! Not really, but I wanted to. :]

How did you find CFR? Why do you train?

I live right around the corner and saw the sign.

Why I train? For almost 20 years I have struggled with severe anxiety and depression among other ailments. I was sick and tired of sleeping my life away. I train to get the “Crazy” out. I train to keep my mind from telling me I’m worthless. I train to keep from shaking with anxiety. I train to be a better son of God. I train to be a better Husband, Father, Son, Friend etc. I have not arrived or figured it all out, but I know my life has changed since I started CrossFit.

What is your favorite moment so far at CFR?

The Snatch

What is your daily motivation to workout?

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To keep the “Crazy” away!

Least favorite movements?

The clean is my least favorite. It hurts my collar bone. I know. I’m a sissy!

What’s one thing you would tell to a new CrossFitter?

Don’t be intimidated!

One song that gets you amped up during a WOD?

“Down with the sickness” by Disturbed

Tell us something about yourself that we don’t already know.

Despite being friendly and cutting up a lot, I’m somewhat of an introvert.