Coach Paul is 23 years old and grew up in West Haven. He played Lacrosse the majority of his life and after High School, he went on to play at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Lacrosse is a very fast paced competitive sport which is why Paulie was so drawn to CrossFit. He began CrossFit his senior year and became a member of CrossFit HCC shortly after that. Head Coach Matt saw something special in Paul and suggested he should get his CrossFit Level 1 Training Certification. He had no problem passing the course and receiving the certification. Since Paul has started coaching at HCC, his goal is to always help each athlete leave the gym happier than when they walked in. Not only does Paul play a huge part at HCC as a coach, but being a natural athlete, he has become a huge asset to our Competitor’s Team which aspires to go The CrossFit Games NorthEast Regionals. Paul has said that he has gained some of his best friends after joining CrossFit HCC and a new tight knit family. He trains with them daily and hangs out with the outside of CrossFit daily.
Here’s a little more from Coach Paul..
Why did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit my senior year in college because the training for lacrosse was not enough. I started watching videos of the original guys like Rich Froning, Josh Bridges, Jason Khalipa etc.. and checking their workouts and trying to do them in the college gym.
Favorite Movement/WOD/or Both?
My favorite movement will always be rowing. I enjoy the grind of it. I don’t have a favorite WOD, I like trying new ones.
My goals are to become a police officer, make it to Regionals with Team HCC and one day help young athletes get ready for high school/college sports.
“The fear that you feel, is not real.”
Interesting Fact People May Not Know?
I have no feeling in part of the bottom half of my left leg.
Advice for New CrossFitters?
Just have fun with it each day. Have a workout buddy to help keep each other accountable!