March Athlete Focus: Dave R
“Dave Resnick continuously keeps Coaches on their toes! Always with a smile on his face, he tackles each workout with the upmost determination to survive! He has been part of TorqueNation for over 6 years, and even in the Chace Family as Santa Claus!””
– Coach Amanda
Member since: February 11th 2013
Tell us about you! Job, hobbies, aspirations, etc 🙂
I’m a father two adult children living with my wife Sue and our dog Rupert in Sharon. For almost thirty years I’ve been an attorney at the Boston office of Nixon Peabody where I run the patent practice. My area of expertise is biotechnology. I love science so it’s an excellent job. I learn all the latest science from the experts and get paid for it! I know it’s hard to believe but before I went to law school I received a Master’s degree in microbiology. I actually wanted to go into scientific research but after President Regan cut funding for research I needed a plan B. The original plan B was to become a podiatrist but the thought of looking at feet all day didn’t seem like a good long term plan.
What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?
I came to Torque in a strange way-my doctor sent me! For many years I was a long distance runner. In the fall of 2012 while running on a trail I took my last pain free step. I had enjoyed running because it helped burn of my stress and anxiety. After my sports medicine doctor acknowledged that my injury was running career ending, she mentioned that her friend went a CrossFit in Foxboro and that I might enjoy it. I showed up on Saturday morning at the old box and spend some quality time with Kenny. After he almost killed me with the intro workout, I was sold. I figured I would do it for a few months until I found something else. That was over five years ago.
What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??
While the exercise helps me burn off my stress and anxiety, that’s not why I show up at 6 AM three days a week. I keep coming back because of the people- the coaches and my fellow athletes. (I love that we are called “athletes!”) It’s hard to believe that we could have fun doing wall balls at 6 AM but somehow we do!
What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?
Back to the people. I love the comradery and support. The fact that people jump in and help you get through your workout is fantastic. When someone does their first unassisted pull-up, like Jane did the other day, the crowd goes wild. Amanda has a terrific job making a gym into a community.
What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
I have two. One morning with Coach Jake we did sled pushes. Jake doesn’t let you add up the weight. He just makes you push. I think when I was done it was close to 450 lbs. I was shocked!
I also once did a pull up with a 75 lb kettlebell around my waist. Given that’s more than half my body weight, it certainly looked impressive.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Kipping. My shoulders are tight and I’m not very coordinated!
What is your favorite CF movement to do?
Of course it’s the strict pull up! It’s always been my thing. In the event I didn’t tell you personally, I was the 1980 Cranston High School West pull up champion. While having short arms makes finding a proper fitting shirt difficult, it makes it much easier to do pull ups!
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
You don’t have to be athletic to enjoy CrossFit. You just have to have the right attitude. Keep it fun. You get to spend time with great people and at the same time get it in the best shape of your life.