Ed Deveau is our Athlete of the Month for December 2018!
Ed is one of our “newer” athletes, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t fit right in! You can usually find Ed in one of the evening classes and even sponsoring teams during our internal competitions.
Tradewinds: Where are you from?
Ed: East Boston, Born & Raised
Tradewinds: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Ed: It will be one year come January.
Tradewinds: What motivated you to try CrossFit?
Ed: I feel like I always do better in structured group classes, so I had been looking for something like that, close to home – Also Paul Franzese wouldn’t shut up about CrossFit Tradewinds, so I figured I would give it a shot. Glad I did.
Tradewinds: What group class do you usually attend?
Ed: Typically the Weekday 5 or 6pm class. On occasion, I’m an honorary night-time nasty.
Tradewinds: Did you have a fitness background prior to starting CrossFit?
Ed: I grew up playing sports through my high school years – as an adult I would try to work out regularly, but life has a habit of getting in the way, so it would fluctuate. Before joining CrossFit, I did boxing training for a few years – that’s how I knew structured classes were for me.
Tradewinds: If you could program your dream WOD, what would it be?
Ed: I really enjoy strength training, so I would say some combination of power cleans and back squats. I really like box squats for some reason.
Tradewinds: What is your proudest accomplishment since joining CFT?
Ed: I can’t pinpoint one single accomplishment, but just seeing my transformation over the past year. I look and feel better. My strength and endurance has increased tenfold. That’s an accomplishment in itself.
Tradewinds: How has CFT helped you in your everyday life?
Ed: It’s all about functional fitness. I look and feel better. My energy levels are higher. And it’s just not physical, but mental as well – for an hour a day, I can block out out any distractions, clear my mind, get my ass kicked and then feel great walking out the door. It’s like a fresh start.
Tradewinds: What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Ed: I work a lot, but outside of that I’m a pretty easy guy – I really enjoy spending time with friends and family. Trying new restaurants, having a few drinks, getting together – things like that. As anyone at CFT can tell you, I like hanging out and playing with my dog as much as possible. I’ve been trying to do more traveling lately. I’m typing this from the San Francisco Airport on my way back from New Zealand. Putting a 4 hour layover to good use!
Tradewinds: What is your favorite song to workout to?
Ed: Classic Rock, but I appreciate the coaches different tastes, from Carla’s old school Hip Hop to Keith’s club music and love of all things Ke$ha.
Tradewinds: Please write a paragraph (however long you want it to be) about your experience as a CFT athlete.
Ed: CFT has been a great experience and not to be hyperbolic, but it’s been life changing. As someone who has always struggled with weight and motivation to get to the gym, particularly as I got older and busier, CFT has filled the void I’ve always had. I can honestly say I enjoy going to class – it’s become part of my routine. I feel better and it’s improved my quality of life. Not saying it’s not without its struggles, but I think it’s just about showing up. Some days are better than others, but it’s all about consistency. Just get there and the rest will take care of itself. Also, I’m not sure I can say enough about the other CFT athletes and coaches. They’re some of the most genuine, caring people I’ve ever met, and I consider a lot of them friends at this point. There’s an unspoken support system there – everyone is just rooting for everyone else to succeed – and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?