If you've ever been in a class with Uncle Fester, then you know who he is. He has a personality that fills the room and makes a point to introduce himself to everyone at the gym that he hasn't met.

Dan is a consistent presence at the 5AM class with coach Krista. She says "It has been an absolute pleasure to coach Dan and to see him change his life.  Dan has LOST 59 POUNDS since beginning the 5 am class a little more than 6 months ago. The most exciting part for me, has been to see him throughout the process. His demeanor has totally changed you can even see it in the photos.  It is athletes like him that making my job the best job in the entire world!"

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What is your name?

Dan Fester

When did you first hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience like at CrossFit Montrose/First WOD?

I was actually in law school when I first learned about CrossFit.  Two of my classmates had joined and absolutely LOVED it. They talked about how close they were to their workout mates. They described the intense sense of community fellowships they had developed there and tried desperately at the time to get me to join. I was happy for them… but hesitant. Law school was enough hell for me at that time in my life.  :>)

Skip forward 3 years and another 30lbs and I was feeling at an all time low. My dear friends kept on me to check out a CrossFit gym near me. I finally broke down and went on-line. There I came across all the 5-Star Yelp reviews of a small Gym called “CrossFit Montrose”.

I need to be at court early in the morning so I made a commitment to myself to roll myself out of bed at 4:30am to make the 5:00am class. I hadn’t worked out in DECADES. My first WOD was exactly what I expected it to be… absolute torture!  For 4 days I dreaded not only getting up from the toilet, but simply sitting down on it was an absolute nightmare. But I kept going back; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

How many days/week do you CrossFit and what is your normal class time?

(See above)

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Montrose?

The exact thing my friends and former law school classmates spoke of; the sense of community, the dedication of ALL the coaches and especially my 5am coach, Krista Kelly. These people drive me to places I never dreamed my body could go. And as silly and sappy as that sounds, THAT’S what has gotten me now to the point where I actually look forward to my WOD.

What is your favorite post WOD meal?

Ugh… usually I’m not that hungry right after my WOD, but I have incorporated a simple diet of no bread, pasta, pizza, cookies, and cake. That said, after about a half hour, I CRAVE A GREEK YOGURT!

What do you do for a living?

Criminal Defense Attorney

Tell me about your sock game…do you prefer ankle socks, mid, or high socks?

Ankle socks… anything else would just be silly.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (outside or inside of the gym)?

Since starting on August 9, 2016… a day that will live in infamy… I have lost 58 pounds of fat and gained an unknown amount of visible muscle weight. I can now see muscles I didn’t know I had.

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?

Burpees… anyone who says anything else is lying to you.

I have to add:  I like anything having to do with weight-lifting, but my FAVORITE movement would be the Russian Kettle Bell Swing. It seems to be the one thing I actually feel I do well at.

It might sound funny but Crossfit has made my life easier, here is why…

I can walk up the 3 flights of stairs inside the San Bernardino Courthouse and not appear to have just finished a 26 mile marathon.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in the next year?

A chin-up. A simple set of 10 chin-ups would make me feel like I’m 15 years old again... the last time I can remember being able to do a chin-up. (I’m 49yrs old now)

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AuthorMatt Magnone

Rick is an OG member at CrossFit Montrose. I still remember when he first started the gym, and we had one extra Founders shirt in a size XL. Rick was concerned that the shirt was too small, but didn't want to pass on the opportunity to get his hands on one, so he bought it and decided to make it a goal shirt to fit into it one day. Well a couple days ago (this is a year later) I saw Rick in that shirt and he was swimming in it. The shirt that he once hoped he would be small enough to fit in, is now too big. Rick has had an incredible mental and physical transformation and we couldn't be happier for him. He means so much to us and to this gym. Here are some questions for Rick and his answers. He is a great person to kick off our first member spotlight.

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When did you first hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience like at CrossFit Montrose/First WOD?

I visited a friend who had been doing CrossFit for several months.  He had some old injuries that, for the first time in years, were just a memory and he was in the best shape of his life.  Doing things that he was once told he would never be able to do.

On the way home from his house, we saw the CrossFit Montrose sign being installed.  Seeing the sign and my friend’s excitement, I went to CrossFit.com and found a CrossFit videos series “Killing the Fat Man”.

I watched the video series several times, the open announcements and any other CrossFit Videos I could find.  It took a couple of months to pull the trigger and go from couch to Crossfit. 

My first WOD was 5/4/14 at the (Flash WOD 9am):
21-15-9-6-3
Shoulder to OH (95/55)
Front Squat (95/55)
Bar Facing Burpees

How many days/week do you CrossFit and what is your normal class time?

5 days per week @ 6AM

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Montrose?

The coaches and community

What is your favorite post WOD meal?

5 scrambled eggs

Smoothie – Apple, Blueberry, Power Greens, Spinach and Whey Protein

Tell me about your sock game…do you prefer ankle socks, mid, or high socks?

Ankle socks.  I only go high socks for extra power.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (outside or inside of the gym)?

That I am still enjoying working out!
Getting my first RX Pull-ups during the Open!

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch

What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?

Ab Mat Situps – they are a pain in the A$$

How has CrossFit made your life easier?

By giving me the energy to keep up with my children! 

What is one goal you would like to accomplish in the next year?

DOUBLE UNDERS!

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AuthorBen Magnone

Here you will find a spotlight of our member of the month. This section will talk about a particular member and their journey with CrossFit Montrose. It gives the other members a chance to know a little more about you and where you come from as well as what CrossFit means to you. This platform will also give you a chance to let your personality shine through as there will be plenty of questions that will allow you to let loose a little. No pressure though, this is meant to be a fun community builder with no pressure. Think of it as the interview after the big game, if you just want to say "hi, mom" and that you are going to Disney Land, then that is perfectly fine as well.

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AuthorBen Magnone