are extremely excited to introduce to you our May Athlete of the Month, Patrick
Owens. Patrick is super
consistent and dedicated to CrossFit and has made great strides over the past
year and a half. As a member of the early morning class, Patrick always
comes (runs!!!) into the gym with energy and motivation to work hard. Patrick’s
consistency, attention to detail and progression, the camaraderie he creates in
the classes he attends, and his overall positive attitude make him a great
example to our community! We are super proud of you Patrick!
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit shortly after CrossFit 88 opened in October of 2013.
How did you find out about CrossFit 88?
I had heard of CrossFit and seen the competitions, but my wife’s cousin encouraged me to do it since she is very into CrossFit in Atlanta. I was happy to see CrossFit come to Park Ridge.
What fitness activities were you doing before?
I grew up playing soccer and played some through college. I also boxed at Notre Dame and my nickname was the “silent assassin”, of course, this was amateur boxing, but still pretty intense. After college, I started getting into triathlons and longer distance running since I missed the competition. I have also always loved skiing since I was a kid and have tried to make it out west each year with our family to try to pass on our active lifestyle.
List 3 words to describe your very first CF workout.
What results have you seen since starting CF?
Over the last year and a half, I have really seen some big changes. I had to have all of my suit pants taken in since my waist is smaller. I feel stronger and have much more energy throughout the day.
What do you like most about CF?
I’m inspired to work out with everyone at CrossFit. From the guys who have been there since I started to my rivals, old and new, and everyone in the early morning workouts, everyone helps each other become better athletes and improve their overall health and fitness.
What is your favorite CF exercise/lift?
Probably double-unders. It took some time and was very frustrating, but after consistently working on it, one day it just clicked. Second favorite is the dead lift. It’s just cool to lift an enormous amount of weight, more than I ever thought possible.
What is your least favorite CF exercise/lift?
That is probably the thruster. For some reason I just struggle with the thruster, although I’m improving.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Marrying my wife and having and raising three great kids. But as far a CrossFit goes, the 15.3 Open workout was my proudest accomplishment. This was the open workout with 7 ring muscle-ups, 50 wall-balls and 100 double-unders. I had never put together more than two muscle-ups, but managed to make it through the first round and almost through the second round. I had worked on muscle-ups since I could not do one in the first year, and that work really paid off in that workout.
What CF goals are you working towards?
I would like to become more competitive, continue to build strength and work towards mastering more of the gymnastics movements, like the muscle-ups and kipping hand stand push-ups. I’ve been working extra on those movements after class, but I still have a long way to go.
Tell us something others may not know about you.
I had a bad bike accident in 2007 in a training ride where I was hit by a truck. I was knocked unconscious but ended up very lucky with only four broken ribs, a broken thumb, a few stiches in my chin and a concussion. The accident could have been much worse. I kept my bloody, cracked helmet as a reminder to remember what is truly important in life. Working as a trusts and estates attorney, I sort of already had this view, but the accident really drove home the importance of my family and friends and my perspective on life.
What is your local favorite place to go?
I’m a big fan of Jason’s Deli, which is probably my favorite local lunch spot. I just like their fresh food (and occasionally the free ice cream too).
Who is or has been your biggest role model or inspiration?
My wife, Melanie, is definitely my biggest inspiration and role model. We ran a few marathons together then she encouraged me to compete in an Ironman race (or two) and supports me in everything that is important to me. More recently, after following the “Whole 30” plan, she has really dialed in her diet/every day eating. Until the nutrition challenge, I didn’t even notice how much extra sugar I had in my diet. Melanie helps make sure our whole family is eating right. Next to my wife, my father is one of my biggest role models. He taught me the importance of working hard and never quitting.
What is your favorite quote?
“I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” Lionel Messi
I really like that quote. So many people are looking for a quick fix or solution, and they don’t see or don’t understand how much effort went into getting to that point. Whether it’s studying, work, or working out, it takes a consistent effort day after day to achieve your goals.
Provide some advice for athletes new to CrossFit 88:
Stick with it, be persistent. Don’t worry about lifting too much too soon. If you consistently put in the time and effort, your training will pay off over time. Listen to your coaches, they are a great resource and care about your progress, and don’t forget to say thank you to them.