March 2023 Athlete of the Month

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A very big congratulations to our March 2023 Athlete of the Month, Rob Ranley!

 

The TW team and community have been big fans of Rob since he joined us 9 months ago. He always comes into the gym with a smile, a desire to work hard, and the determination to get better. No matter the workout, Rob doesn’t hesitate to dive in and tackle it head on. Whether it’s an olympic lift or challenging conditioning piece, Rob is committed to pushing himself to be better in every single class. We have watched Rob really come into his own, gaining confidence and being a great teammate to others in the community throughout his time with us. Rob is the type of guy everyone loves having around, a truly genuine and good human, he brings fantastic energy into the gym on a daily basis. Rob upholds our values, our overall mission and is a wonderful role model for all. Thanks for being you and being a part of TW, Rob! 

 

TW: Where are you from?

Rob: I live in Winthrop now, right up the hill from the gym, and have been here for a little over 3 years. I was born in Boston, grew up in Millis (southwest of Boston), and lived in the city for several years after college before moving out here to buy a house. 

 

TW: What do you do for work?

Rob: I’m a consultant with KPMG, one of the Big 4 firms, in their regulatory compliance practice. I work with large banks who need help understanding all the laws and rules that are out there – and making sure they have programs in place to stay out of trouble and ultimately do the right thing for their customers. I’ve been there almost 9 years now, and there’s something new to learn every day – so it still keeps it exciting for me.

 

 

TW: How long have you been at Tradewinds? 

Rob: Nine months – I joined right at the beginning of June last year.

 

 

TW:  What motivated you to try Tradewinds? 

Rob: I was really looking for a community here in town. When I lived in the city, I had running groups that made it easier to stay motivated and stick to a training routine – and I didn’t have that after moving out to Winthrop. I tried keeping up with a running plan (especially during COVID), but I definitely missed being part of a group and having coaches who can push you a little more every time. Plus, I walked by every day with my dog and always wanted to see what it was about. 

 

 

TW: What group class do you usually attend? 

Rob I love the 7am class. Everyone is there to work hard and it’s a fun group to start the day with.

 

 

TW: Did you have a fitness background prior to starting at Tradewinds? 

Rob: I’ve been running since college, and have done a lot of races along the way. I’ve done two marathons, and a ton of half marathons and shorter races. Weightlifting was new to me though – I picked up a barbell for the first time at Tradewinds.  

 

 

TW: If you could program your dream WOD, what would it be? 

Rob: It would be running, rowing, box squats, and RDLs. 

 

 

TW: What is your proudest accomplishment since joining Tradewinds? 

Rob: I actually think it was the Open 23.2 workout this past Saturday morning. I’ve been doing banded pull-ups this whole time and thought I’d have to scale and do something like burpees to a target, but I decided to go for the RX after watching everyone Friday night. I was able to do the burpee into a full on pull-up the whole way through, and got a PR on the thrusters at the end. The energy in the room had a lot to do with it, but I surprised myself in that workout and it felt like a big payoff for all the hard work these past few months.  

 

 

TW: How has Tradewinds helped you in your everyday life? 

Rob: I’ve seen a big change in my overall routine, and what I prioritize every day. I’m up at 6 every morning (even on weekends), and love having something big accomplished before the day really starts – it puts you in the right mindset no matter what else happens during the day. I also really enjoy having this community here in town, it’s something that was definitely missing for the first few years I lived here. 

 

 

TW: What do you like to do outside the gym? 

Rob: I have a long list of projects for my house, and my evenings/weekends usually involve some kind of renovation project. I have an old house that needed a lot of work when I moved in, and I’ve been able to learn a ton along the way (with a lot of calls back home to my parents). I’ve been doing a lot of carpentry projects lately, and am in the middle of rebuilding my kitchen right now (which has been the big project on my list for a long time). I also do a lot of cooking/baking, and am about ready to start planting seeds for my garden this year. So when the kitchen’s done, I can have everyone over for an Italian dinner with sauce from the garden.

 

 

TW: What is your favorite song to workout to? 

Rob: Lately it’s been Zitti E Buoni by Maneskin – it’s in Italian, but it’s been one of my favorite workout songs (they have a lot of good ones on their playlist).

 

 

TW: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who is curious about trying Tradewinds but not sure if they could do it?

Rob: You’ll love it, and you’ll be surprised by what you can do in the gym. The coaches here are amazing and will always make sure you’re comfortable with the workouts, and I learn something new from them every class. You’ll also love the people here in the gym. Everyone comes here to work hard and have fun, and they support each other in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It’s the best kind of environment.  

 

 

AOM Closing thoughts… 

 

I didn’t know what to expect when I joined, but this whole experience over the past 9 months has been incredible. I really did pick up a barbell for the first time at Tradewinds, and I’ve never done anything like the workouts here before. It’s been exciting to see the progress along the way, and see how far I’ve come since those first couple workouts – I’ve tried a lot of different things over years, but nothing has paid off the way Tradewinds has. I definitely want to thank all of the coaches for the constant encouragement and feedback, and helping me make as much progress as I have in the workouts. I also love everything we do outside of the daily workouts. The Spartan race at Fenway is still a big highlight from this past year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone in the gym and making friends along the way. I’m excited for what’s to come, and really, really happy I came to that first class!  

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