How long have you been a member of PUSH?
What made you choose PUSH over other gyms in the area?
Family friend Camille works there. Our children joined and we're impressed with it, including the center's cleanliness. Add its convenient location, and PUSH was the choice.
Has your experience been different in any way than experiences you've had at prior facilities?
I appreciate the variety of ages and fitness levels of the folks at PUSH. No matter one's goals or fitness needs, I think they can be comfortable.
What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join PUSH?
We cheered on a friend at his first triathlon last summer and it was inspiring. That was my motivation to start exercising and gave me the goal of completing a triathlon. Now, 12 months later, I've dropped 20 lbs, have run two sprint triathlons, and have another tri coming up in late August! Already setting new goals for next 6-12 months.
What is your favorite exercise or thing to do at PUSH?
Can't say as I appreciate the variety I use. Initially, I used just the strength machines, then added the spinning class bike that is out front. Later, picked up ellipticals and treadmills, and more recently some free weights. Today the workouts vary and can include any of them.
What fitness goals do you have for yourself going forward?
Now that I've completed some sprint triathlons, I'm looking to improve my times and then move up to some Olympic triathlon distance races next year. Fall and winter will focus more on strength, less on aerobic workouts, then spring and summer will switch to more endurance, less strength work -- PUSH allows me to be flexible that way.
What is your profession?
I'm a physician and the medical director at Immediate Care East, an urgent care center on Moseley Rd (Rt 250) at Rt 96.
Are you married? Kids? Pets?
My wife Ana and I are married 26 years. We have a daughter and son.Our family includes four dogs, plus a few dozen fish in our pond.
What do you do in your spare time? Provide us with some fun facts about yourself
Cooking is a favorite activity on days off when our cast iron skillets work magic. Otherwise, I'm often in news/politics junkie mode, and whenever I can am cheering the NY Mets in baseball and the Tottenham Hotspurs in English soccer.
What is your guilty pleasure? (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
Cooking dishes with a lot of butter, heavy cream, and olive oil; Guinness; Scotch; and peanut butter, most often homemade.
If you could spend the day with one person (living or not) who would it be and why?
My wife Ana as the days we are together are always the best ones.
What is your dream vacation spot?
A cabin with a valley view in some mountains with hiking trails. Any of a great number of places about the world can fit the bill.
If you win the lottery, what's the first thing you buy?
A set of really nice bicycles for my whole family.
What is your favorite book or movie?
To Kill a Mockingbird may be able to fit both options.
What makes you laugh the most?
My wife's puns and word plays.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Cold sesame peanut noodles -- our family has a remarkable recipe for these that I could eat forever.
Is there is anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself?
A year ago, jogging for one minute and walking for four minutes over a three mile distance was exhausting, and that wasn't as bad as swimming just 50 meters! Little by little, day by day, and week by week, I made progress and today am racing with a half mile swim, 12 to 16 mile bike rides, and a 5K run. PUSH was a big part of the effort and progress -- I appreciate that.