CrossFit Gym In Overland Park

March Male Athlete Spotlight - Andy Gruenebaum

September 1, 2020

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?I began implementing CrossFit into my regiment in 2012, and its no surprise I finished as a MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist that season.As most of my better decisions in life go, the better half (Lacey/G-Spot/Simebaum) was looking for a better regiment and purchased a groupon to a gym that offered CrossFit as well as Krav Maga training.What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?My favorite WOD is a finished WOD. My least favorite WOD is whatever is on SugarWOD tomorrow.What is your favorite/least favorite movement?Give me squats any day of the week! I specifically loved the most recent progression (Texas Two-Step Programming-or whatever you call it). I made significant progress in my one rep and the sense of community surrounding that cycle was a lot of fun!My least favorite movement consists of any movement that one would see at a LIFETIME gym (Example: Bench Press-set of 10 with a protein drink in between sets). In other words, anything that TJ or Ant love.Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)As most of you know, I have done well with my Mrs. Lacey puts up with a lot of “you know what,” and is one of the strongest women I have ever met.We have a 2 year old boy named Gibson who is MY DUDE, and we recently found out we will be adding a daughter to the mix. We also have a pet bunny named Roo, whom pees and poops on our hardwood floors due to the lack of attention.I played soccer professionally for 9 years (8 with the Columbus Crew and 1 year with Sporting KC), and I was blessed to be a part of a championship season in 2008 (got to shake hands with Obama and tour the White House).I currently run my own Goalkeeping Academy (AG30) and am training to be the most mediocre “Masters Division” Athlete in the 12pm time slot in the nation.

What was your workout routine before CrossFit?Whatever our strength and conditioning coach had in store for the group to prepare and maintain for/during a rigorous, 10.5 month season.I may or may not have been guilty of waiting until the last two weeks before our “report date” to get fit.What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?Its funny because I have the same reaction after a workout now, as I did then. F*** ME.What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?I have always loved Olympic lifting, and we worked hard in college on form and strength, so when I figured out that CrossFit implemented these movements, I was excited and reinvigorated. My goal when I first joined was to get stronger and listen to my body during the season.Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?CrossFit has, for better and worse, affected my DAILY life outside the gym. Never before would I have ever been on a text chain with GROWN MEN about a multitude of subjects including WOD strategy (up to 48 hrs prior to a WOD), what they were going to wear to the gym (wont call anyone out here), or how a workout literally made someone poop.Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?Community comes to mind. I have met a lot of great people through the CF913 community, but my favorite memory will always be taking the JV Winter CF competition with Jenni Purvis. I can neither confirm nor deny that we have since won other scaled events around the city simply for the gifts.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?Forgive and Forget. Don’t be a hero. Form is everything and you must survive to fight another day. Also, noon is the best time to come (Ask the coaches).Something you might not know about me is?On my “Laminated List” of celebrities, my top three are Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl and Slash (I am obsessed with the guitar and those that can ROCK).

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