Our June Member of the Month is Eric Schrauwen! Eric has been with us for over five years. He has great work ethic, is coachable and welcoming to new members. Eric had ACL surgery a few months ago and we admire his commitment to his recovery. He listens to his body and respects his limits, even when it’s difficult. He has made it a priority to get to the gym a few times a week to help strengthen and repair the muscles around his knee. We love that he’s stayed connected to the community in spite of his injury. Congratulations, Eric!
Nickname: Gouda (I’m Dutch)
Hometown: Lexington, MA
What brought you to CWCF?
I got into cycling 7 or so years ago (it began as a means to loose weight), but really desired to be more active overall. There aren’t many sports I have the build for; I wrestled in high school, so after considering my options, I decided to try CrossFit… and never left!
How long have you been doing CrossFit? 5ish years.
What do you do out in the real world? I’m a pharmacist at Theatre Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Lexington.
What is something about you we might not know? I make a damn fine smoked brisket IMHO & I tore my first ACL dancing at my wedding.
Who is your superhero? The Hulk.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement? Snatch.
What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far? Well, I guess it would have to be a half-marathon row I did a couple of years ago (may have been before my first knee surgery).
What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them? My short-term goal is all about recovery. Meaning, I am focusing on healing & building back my quad muscle. I hope to start rowing this June! My long-term goal is to get back to 100% and get after the things that I was working on before my injury, namely double-unders and pull-ups. The most important thing for me, is not to push myself too far, too fast, to listen to my PT, and my knee!
What motivates or inspires you? Seeing people I know at the gym make beautiful lifts! Watching the intense focus on their faces, and/or a Herculean effort during a WOD.
What’s your best tip for new members? No one expects you to come into the box being able to perform all the skills; everyone has their strengths and weaknesses – indulge your strength and face your weaknesses, fitness is a process.
Do you have anything to add? Yes, my number one goal for this year, and every year, is no more injuries!