Dec 23rd, 2010
"How YOU doin’?"
Santa’s coming a bit early this year and bringing you all an athlete spotlight on the fabulous JoeP. Once again I must restrain myself from going total gaga on this dear friend and remarkable human being. JoeP is the first client this old-timer remembers meeting at CFO and we’ve been 6am lifting buddies ever since. Joe is kind, generous, intelligent, funny and quite the handsome devil.
As an athlete, Joe is incredibly consistent which pays off in his performance numbers, which continue to increase year after year. Joe is a great example of how to turn back the clock and get even fitter, stronger and faster than men half his age. In fact, I am willing to bet that the majority of you will be shocked when you read his age below.
Even if you do not hit that awesome 6am class every morning with Joe, chances are you have met. He does not miss many CFO get-togethers and is a great supporter of his fellow athletes in and out of the gym. A typical JoeP move was staying after our Holiday Party long after it ended to wash the dishes and help clean up. If only Joe were a Giants fan, he’d be the perfect man.
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Name: Joe Pasquariello
Height: 5-6 (and a half!)
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?
A: 4 years and 4 months. I started when Mike was young.
Q: What is your day job?
A: I’m an engineer, working in wind energy for (gulp) 27 years. I have my own business (Fenway Systems) that develops control systems for large-scale wind turbines and wind farms.
Q: What is your athletic background?
A: Always physically active and played everything as a kid. Started running my last year in college and did almost nothing but running and hiking for 25 years before finding CFO. Last year I started telemark skiing and ski mountaineering, and did a big Alpine ski tour in the spring. I plan to do a lot more of that kind of thing.
Q: What is your favorite strength move?
A: The snatch. It combines so many of the things we work to develop at the gym (strength, power, speed, balance). For me, it’s the ultimate measure of progress, and the thing I would most like to improve.
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A: Filthy 50. For some reason I don’t dread this one. It gives me a chance to dominate old guys.
Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: That’s a tough one. There are lots of things I couldn’t do at all when I started. 95# OHS was a long-time goal that I got this year.
Q: What is your most desired goal?
A: Fran Rx, body-weight OHS, 300 DL, a real HSPU, a muscle-up. These things once seemed like they’d never happen, but now I think they will. There’s no time limit on Fran, right?
Rant or Rave:
Gotta go rave because I love CFO and I’m constantly spouting off about it to friends and family. No matter what issue or ailment befalls them, my solution is always the same. "You know, I think that plantar fasciitis would go away if you did some strength training". The physical benefits have been great. I was motivated to try CF after going on a back-packing trip and really hurting on a hike I knew would have been no problem 10 years earlier. Doing CF has really turned that around. Now I could easily dominate most of the folks at my 35th high school reunion. That is important. Beyond that, coming into CFO, seeing friends and working out has become something I rely on very much. You all helped me more than you know in getting through some hard times this year, so thanks to everyone for that. I really enjoy the collective experience and the cooperative vibe. When someone gets a new PR or does something for the first time, whether they’re new to CFO or have been around a while, it seems to motivate everyone in the gym to try a little harder, and we all kind of make progress together. CFO keeps teaching me there’s a lot of good that can come from showing up and working on things, enjoying the process even if you’re not getting your biggest weight or best time ever. And since it’s holiday time, I can make a special point of giving huge thanks to Mike and Nicole, the coaches, and all of the CFO athletes. I’m really thankful to be part of this community. We’re pretty darn lucky.
I’m not good at keeping track of this stuff, but a few I know are DL 285, Back Squat 220, OHS 110 (and I had 115!), Filthy Fifty 34:45