Congrats to our Athlete of the Month, Travis! Travis has been with CFSP for about 2 years and has gone from skeptical CrossFit athlete to a committed, dedicated competitive athlete. He has become a benchmark for athletes who strive to keep up with him in workouts and is encouraging. He thinks of everyone at CFSP as “teammates” and has really been a quiet example of hard work paying off. We are incredibly lucky to have this guy as one of our CFSP athletes and have him represent us in and out of the box.
Coach Sally says of Travis, ” Travis is an inspiration. He always makes sure to do his best in every workout and takes the time after class to work on his weaknesses or just do extra work so he can be the best athlete he can be. Beyond being a great athlete he also takes the time to help out in the community beyond the gym. He motivates other members to always strive to be better. If you ever need a challenge Travis will be right there to challenge you to a FitAid.”
Coach Kim says “Travis puts in the extra work outside of class time and steps up to help other athletes. Travis’s passion for fitness shows by the way he pushes other athletes to help reach their goals.” Coach Sam adds “He is constantly striving to do better. He has become one of the guys that others are chasing. Motivating and pushing others to do better including himself. He definitely leads by example.”
Coach Alex says “Travis is a guy that every gym needs. He’s also the best looking 34 year old we’ve ever seen. He has taken time to pay attention to the small details that have made him the solid athlete he is today. He’s even transitioned his way into shirts with sleeves and clothes that support CrossFit gyms and companies. A place I never thought we would see. We love how he has hopped on board with our gym and become a big part of it. So much that he regularly organizes, cleans, and makes suggestions to make our gym a better place. I hope Travis continues the great direction he has gone since joining this gym because we love having him here.”
I think Coach Alex may be a bit jealous of Travis’ natural good looks. Travis can be a bit mysterious, so read his Athlete Questionnaire and learn more about our Athlete of the Month. Congratulations Travis. CFSP really appreciates your contribution to our community!
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Travis John Stuczynski
Where were you born/did you grow up? Born and raised in Amherst, WI
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees): Amherst High School, some college (UW-Whitewater).
Military Service: 6 years WI Army National Guard, 1 year of it spent deployed to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Career: 7 years Public Works/Utility Operator for the Village of Amherst.
Family (married, children, pets, etc.): I have a blue healer named Remy and my son will arrive any day now. His name will be Camren.
Where do you live in the area? Again, Amherst.
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? In High School I played basketball. All I wanted to do was be a gym rat so wasn’t involved in any other sports. After High School I played pick-up ball at UWSP, bball leagues, and tournaments till about a year ago. I played Rec league and tournament Softball until the same time. My weight lifting began in 2006 when I dabbled in body building. After a year I realized it wasn’t for me; however, it layed the groundwork for future weight training. Prior to Crossfit I belonged to another “High Intensity Interval Training” gym.
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit: I like Softball and Love Basketball but have given it up since joining Crossfit. The combined physical demand became too much for my ageing body. I like to watch football and a bit of MMA.
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? I started my first Crossfit experience here at CFSP 2+ years ago. My girlfriend at the time was a member and quite involved in it. I had seen the Crossfit Games on ESPN and was intrigued. My strength and conditioning were both developed but I remember being hindered by my lack of technical ability and mobility. I didn’t even have the shoulder flexibility to do an overhead squat. I struggled most with double unders and hand stand pushups. I took me a year until I felt I was proficient enough in enough movements that I could consistently get good times. I am still working on butterfly pull-ups, and hand stand walks (not as much as I should).
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP? I enjoy the constant challenge it provides, the motivation to get better every day and the accountability provided by my coaches and fellow members.
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you? My love for and commitment to the Sport. When I joined I never would have thought I’d embrace the culture enough that it would take the place of other sports. I have found something I can excel at for many more years.
Your proudest CrossFit moment? Placing 4th at the 2017 Bulletpoint Classic
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome? Mobilty. I have never in my life even touched my toes. God I hate stretching. Also, working on my weaker movements.
Most humbling CrossFit moment? 6 months into Crossit my schedule got busy so I decided to take a month off and do the workouts on my own in my basement. I can just get the workouts off WodHopper. What could be different right? Bad idea. I might have done 10 WODS that month and at nowhere near the intensity. When I rejoined the box I had regressed so much that one of the WODS I was the last to finish. I was not happy. Recently it’s that I can’t seem to make up any ground on Alex.
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD): Movement: 1RM Snatch. Type of WOD: Chipper or any longer WOD with multiple movements in it.
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD): I struggle in WODS with very heavy weight. WODS with handstand push-ups… Wall balls… Burpees. I swear I am not any better at burpees than I was on day 1.
Your favorite WOD time? Not sure what the time was but favorite WOD performance is Donkey Kong at the 2017 Bulletpoint Classic.
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit? It depends on who they are and what his/her fitness level is. To beginners I would say that Crossfit can truly be for anyone. Even great athletes go through a learning curve so there Is no need to feel intimidated, overwhelmed or self conscious. Love the process and the results will come. To experienced athletes I would say that Crossfit is not what I do to exercise it’s what I do to train. It’s a sport with coaches and teammates all dedicated to propelling you to levels you would not otherwise reach.
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes? I see each of you as a teammate much the same as my high school basketball team and if/when you compete in competitions I am proud of your achievements. And every time I compete I strive to represent you and our collective box. We have I great group of athletes. I will remember every one of you for a long time.
Favorite foods? BBQ ribs with corn bread and almond green beans or Chicken and broccoli fettuccine alfredo. Guilty pleasure would be Cheetos.
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows): All time favorite movie: Braveheart. Others: Tombstone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Garden State. Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad. Others: Seinfeld, House of Cards, Family Guy, Sports Talk Shows.
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games): Camping, Music Festivals, Boating, Planting trees, Movies, Walking my dog, Cooking (Blue Apron anyway), Drinking (beer, wine), Music.
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality? I’m mostly easy going. Opinionated, Confident, Energetic, Idealistic, Perceptive, Cynical. At Crossfit I am focused.