Rob Quinlan

Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m originally from Michigan, and moved to Minnesota roughly seven years ago after graduating from college.  I went to Michigan State for engineering, and landed at a software company in Medina which specializes in automation software for the utility industries.  Outside of work, I like to golf, disc golf, and ski in the winter.

When and why did you start doing CrossFit?

I started in May of 2014, and I was looking for a new fitness challenge after getting bored with my gym routine at that time.

What made you decide to come to CrossFit SISU?

My friend Bobby K., who goes to CrossFit SISU, invited me to a Saturday bütt camp, and had been telling me great things about CrossFit SISU.  He forwarded me a Living Social deal, and I couldn’t pass up on the offer.

What were you doing before and what apprehensions did you have before starting CrossFit?

I was following a similar routine as others have mentioned, going to Lifetime, swimming a little, running on a treadmill (which is terrible!), and spending maybe 20 minutes on the weight lifting machines.  Of course, I’d have to hit the hot tub after.  My routine was to keep my head down, and focus on what I was doing.  Moving to crossfit, with the group classes, I was a little apprehensive since it was outside of my comfort zone.  I feel like there is more accountability working out as a group, rather than on your own.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit SISU Intro class?

The night after my first intro class I really started wondering what I got myself into.  I could hardly move while lying in bed, much less get out of bed in the morning.  This level of soreness lasted for several days.

What’s the greatest benefits you see so far since starting at CrossFit SISU?

I’m getting stronger, and learning new things every day.  I’ve gotten to meet a lot of great people since starting at CrossFit SISU, and feel honored to be welcomed in to the exclusive noon class at Plymouth J…

How has being at CrossFit SISU enriched your life outside of the box?

Since starting crossfit, I’ve realized the importance for getting plenty of sleep each night, and eating healthy.  I am still learning to do both of these things better, but I can really see the benefits in day-to-day life.  Things seem much tougher when you have had little sleep, or have eaten like crap for several days.

Please share any special memories or achievements during your time at CrossFit SISU?

 Time flies, but I still consider myself relatively new at crossfit.  I think my most memorable day was after learning to do kipping pull-ups.  Not having to use bands during workouts made me sooo happy.  Also, the day I learned how to squat clean without falling over every time was pretty good.

 What advice would you give to a person thinking about joining our SISU Community?

The sooner you can embrace the importance of nutrition and sleep, the better off you’ll be.  Before starting crossfit, I had very little exposure to Olympic lifts.  If you are in the same boat, don’t let this be a deterrent.  The coaches do a great job teaching proper form.  Also, don’t bite off more than you can chew…learn proper form with lighter weight.

 Favorite WOD?

This might be blasphemous, but I like workouts that have thrusters in them.  I’m not doing a ton of weight, but I like the movement.

 Secret Ninja exercise is?

 Maybe dumbbell snatches, and rowing.

 My not so secret sucky is?

 Double-unders, and overhead squats.

 My favorite cheat meal is?

Taco Bell.  Sorry, but it is delicious.