Athlete of the Month – Kipp
The coaching staff would like to congratulate Kipp Laulainen on earning the designation of June Athlete of the Month. Kipp has been a long-term athlete at CFSP and the common theme among coaches when describing Kipp was “works hard.” Kipp is always willing to challenge himself by signing up for a competition or hang out and do extra training after class.
Coach Alex says “Kipp takes the time to challenge himself in new ways and looks at things in detail. He takes his weaknesses seriously and works on them routinely. I’m proud of how far he has come and how good he looks right now. Kipp is in a great place and I expect good things from him moving forward.”
Coach Sally says “Kipp works hard and puts in the time almost everyday. He pushes himself and always puts in his best effort in all the workouts. Even though he might have something smart to say all the time LOL. Kipp has a lot of heart and passion that shows in his hard work.
Coach Staci echos that sentiment, saying “Kipp brings a fun-loving attitude to class every day. Don’t stumble over your words or Kipp will bust you on it. However, when that clock says GO, Kipp is all business. His focus and drive are inspiring.”
Coach Sam commented that “He works so hard and always keeps a smile on his face.” Coach Kim agrees, saying “Kipp pushes hard in the workouts, encourages his fellow athletes and continues to put in extra effort to work things.”
Soon-to-be Coach Travis, who tends to compete with Kipp in WODs, says ” Kipp is not only a great athlete but a great person. He seriously considers his weaknesses and turns them into strengths. He is a good friend who challenges others even if they beat his times/scores. He’s funny, charismatic, and handsome in only the way a person named Kipp can.” Congrats Kipp! You have deserved it, buddy!
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Kipp Laulainen
Age/Birthdate: 29 / December 2 1987
Where were you born/did you grow up?
Originally from Minnetonka, MN…Still haven’t grown up
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees):
Hopkins High School in Minnesota Class of 2006, Graduated with 600+ Students.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at University of Minnesota Duluth 2010.
Asset Leader/Superintendent for Neenah Paper
Family (married, children, pets, etc.):
No Pets due to not being Home enough, but love both Dogs and Cats.
Where do you live in the area?
Plover but plan to build a house North of Stevens point in 2018…Fingers Crossed.
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit?
I did a lot of weight training, tried a lot of different programs.
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit:
Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Hockey, and Golf.
Tell us a little about your early CrossFit experiences? What made you try CrossFit? When did you start? What were your first thoughts during your first workout (or fundamentals)? Did you start at CFSP or another box?
Earliest experiences with CrossFit was seeing the games on TV and thinking Holy Crap They can do anything! I started trying to do some CrossFit training at a normal gym. I saw Joey was doing CrossFit and we had met at a Christmas party and Arm wrestled (I Won, Sorry Joey). So in spring of 2015 I sent her a message and asked what she thought about CFSP and she mentioned bring a friend day. I remember walking in wondering what was going to happen, I think there was Box jump overs and an overhead press with kettlebells. I basically signed up that day I thought it was great! It has been hard but amazing ride ever since.
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP?
Continue to grow and develop as an athlete, Great Coaches, and amazing community.
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you?
The biggest surprise is how close nit the community is and how everyone supports each other.
Your proudest CrossFit moment?
Taking 2nd place scaled at the BulletPoint Classic. Also any time I get to represent the Box.
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome?
I have a lot of Weakness, that I am constantly working on but the largest would have to be thrusters. I completed 17.5 RX this year, Something I would not have been to complete in previous years. Also just PRed my 17.5 time by over 2 minutes this last week.
Most humbling CrossFit moment?
Seeing the Games Athletes do Double DT in Less time than my regular DT. There is always room for improvement.
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Thrusters and any type of Olympic lift, Technique still needs a lot of work
Your favorite WOD time?
Anytime the Box is open, although typically a 4:30er
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit?
I Love CrossFit and always encourage others to try it.
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes?
I have traveled around the country and internationally to Play tournament Foosball.
Sushi, Followed by Steak and Potatoes!
I’m a big eater, part of way I like working out so much
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows):
Action adventure, anything to do with space.
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games):
Foosball. Watch a lot of Movies and like seeing them on the big screen.
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality?
I always want to improve and grow as an athlete. I might hem and haw about a movement or running but no matter how hard it is, I love the feeling of finishing the work out and wondering how I could do better next time.