Athlete Spotlight

March CrossFit Snohomish Spotlight Athlete of the Month

 Tom Duffy

When did you start CrossFit Snohomish?

Nov 2008 – 8 ½ years ago! It was in Jeff’s garage. A big class was 4 clients!


What is your favorite WOD?

Fight gone bad. It just sounds so bad-ass. This is one of the WODs that a friend of mine told me he was doing at this “CrossFit” place he was going to in Seattle that intrigued me so much. After I heard there was a “CrossFit Snohomish” I had to check it…  and the rest is history.  


What is your least favorite WOD?

Fight Gone Bad.  I get so stressed out before I do it because I know what I’ve done before and it always kicks my ass!


What is your favorite movement?

Maybe rowing… one of the few movements where my long body is an advantage! 😊


What is your least favorite movement?

Double unders. I think it took me 3 years to get two consecutive double unders! Now I can do them but not nearly as consistently as I want.


What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

Doing a pullup. It probably took me a couple years to do that first kipping pullup and now I’ve done 30 consecutive ones!


What is your next goal?

Consistent double unders – on demand. Is that too much to ask?


If you had super powers what would they be?

Immortality – cuz then I would never run out of time to do all the playing and exploring that I’d like to do. But wait, does this mean I could never retire… ugh!


What do you like to do outside of the gym?

Hmmm… Snow skiing, backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, swimming, Tough Mudders, … you get the idea.


What is your favorite food?

A really good, gooey cinnamon roll – like those ones at Maltby Café.


What is your favorite movie?

The Lego Movie. So cute and funny! Never stop being a kid.


Where is your favorite place to be?

In my honey’s arms! 😊  Even better, in her arms in the Caribbean after a day of scuba diving.


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?

“You have no idea what you are getting yourself into!” I’ve gotten so hooked on the whole thing that I can’t see not doing it. I see it as an investment in my life – a way to keep me young at heart. It’s done that and so much more with such a great community of friends.


What has CrossFit done for your life?

Crossfit allows me to go play weekend warrior at all the various sports and activities that I like to do without worrying about being in good enough shape or strong enough to do it. In 2010, with a 1 week notice I climbed Rainier with some guys from work. I wouldn’t have even dreamed of attempting that if I hadn’t already been doing CrossFit for a couple years.

Another thing that I’ve learned through CrossFit is mental toughness. From the early days of Jeff telling me to think about those Heroes during the Hero WODs, to the friendly competition that Wendy & I have which teaches me to push through even when I think I can’t. The purpose of CrossFit is to help with your everyday life. The fitness part has certainly enriched my life and now that I’m dealing with prostate cancer, the mental toughness training will come in handy.


Tell us about your life and family outside of CrossFit

My wife, Joyce, and I have two wonderful kids, Grant (20) and Morgan (24) and we’re all CFS trained.

We spend most winter weekends at Stevens Pass skiing. The kids ski raced and I coached racing while Joyce just tried to keep up with all of it. We enjoy our time in the summer at Lake Entiat.

Morgan went to the UW and now works for Microsoft. Grant is currently a sophomore at the UW studying engineering. Joyce has a background in Health Information Management, but is currently working at a digital advertising agency in Mill Creek. I’ve worked at SonoSite for the last 20 years where I’ve designed ultrasound machines.

Looking forward to doing another Tough Mudder in the fall with Morgan and more climbs with Grant! And maybe even a Caribbean getaway with Joyce!