Athlete Spotlight

CrossFit Snohomish Spotlight Athlete of the Month

 Joe Aal

When did you start CrossFit Snohomish?
October 2015

What is your favorite WOD?
Anything with a heavy barbell paired with a gymnastics movement. 17.2 used heavy dumbells, but was pretty fun.

What is your least favorite WOD?
16.5 by far, that was the most terrible I have ever felt during a WOD.

What is your favorite movement?
Clean & Jerk

What is your least favorite movement?
Turkish Get Ups (sorry Shawn). I get bored and forget what I am supposed to be doing. But for a painful type movement probably wall balls.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
I don’t know, I guess staying pretty consistent and embracing the variety of challenges CrossFit throws at you.

What is your next goal?
I probably can’t get through this section without mentioning double unders… I’m on the 5-year plan. I try to make a bunch of small goals, in a few different disciplines of crossfit and work towards them.

If you had super powers what would they be?
I always wanted to be a pilot, so I suppose flying

What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Boating, Camping, Skiing, working on some kind of home improvement project, and travelling whenever I can.

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite movie?
Dumb & Dumber or Predator

Where is your favorite place to be?
On my boat, out on a lake with friends.

If you could go back to the very first day you walked thru CrossFit Snohomish doors what would you tell yourself knowing what you know now?
Devote as much effort to your nutrition as you do to the movements and WODs. It took me a long time to realize you can’t eat like crap, do a 1hr workout, and expect huge changes.

What has CrossFit done for your life?
It’s made me much healthier overall. I used to think I was in decent shape, until I started coming to CFS and saw all the amazing athletes that were so versatile. Speed, strength, endurance, flexibility are all incorporated into crossfit and I’ve become more well rounded because of it. The variety has made it fun to workout again. I’ve also met a lot of great people and made friends that I otherwise would have never met. I love the CFS community. Whether people have been coming here for years or just got done with their 101’s, everyone is welcoming and interested in seeing everyone get better and meet their goals.

Tell us about your life and family outside of CrossFit
I was born and raised locally, but lived in a small town called Camas down near Vancouver for a few years for work. I am a project manager for an industrial contractor and run projects all over Washington and Oregon. Graduated from UW, studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand. I have 2 sisters, 4 nephews, and 1 niece that all live nearby and I go on family camping trips with every year. Seems like I have a never ending list of projects I am working on at my house, but I enjoy it. Maybe one day I will finish them all. I love dogs, I have an Australian Shepherd named Dixie that I try and take with me wherever I go.