November Athlete of the Month- Dave “Bup” Ahern

The CrossFit Hyannis Athlete of the Month for November is the one and only Dave “Bup” Ahern.  If you don’t know Dave, he is the 72-year-old father of Katie Clancy who has been training with us for the past several months.  Dave is an extremely hard worker, and often regales me with stories of his glory days in football where his work ethic began.

Each week Bup comes to the gym for his one on one and throws down.  To the untrained eye it may look like Bup gets one on one coaching because he requires more attention than some of our other athletes, but really it’s because we don’t want to make all the young bucks feel bad when they get beat by a man in his 70s.  No matter the workout, Bup attacks it and always stays moving.  If it is a workout with timed rounds, he tries to better himself each round.  If we retest a workout or movement he pushes so that he constantly improves.

Although he only trains at the gym once a week, Bup has taken what he learns in the gym and works out at his home each day.  He has made rings to do ring rows on, uses his granddaughter’s chairs to squat to, and uses steps for step-ups.  Despite a history of hip, shoulder, and knee pain Bup has committed to use CrossFit to become more mobile and live a healthier life.  He also participated in the LuRong Paleo Challenge, losing nearly 20 pounds.  He changed his routine from leaving the gym and heading to Panera for a breakfast sandwich, to grabbing a paleo protein bar and cup of coffee.

When Dave first came in he had trouble walking, in our last session he was doing shuttle sprints and plate jumps.  He joined us for the Thanksgiving partner workout and was moving and working the whole time!

In response to the question “What is CrossFit?” CrossFit HQ says, “The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience…We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs… “  It also states “the needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.”  Dave is not only a reminder to us that these things are true, but also acts as an inspiration to consistently work hard at becoming better every day- no matter your age or circumstance!  I look forward to seeing his continued progress!

Dave with his daughter and granddaughter!

 

 

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