Member of the Month – Kevin Kwak

Congratulations, Kevin Kwak!

Once a month, our community votes to recognize a single member who embodies the spirit of CrossFit Center City. He/she is someone who has a good attitude, even on the toughest days, is always there to lend support to fellow athletes, and generally goes the extra mile to help build our community to become even more awesome. When it’s time to vote, we send a reminder email out to the entire crew, but if you ever see another member do something really cool for you or the gym in general, feel free to shoot us an email at info@crossfitcc.com or leave a note in the box to tell us what happened! Our Member of the Month is always awarded a FREE month of membership to CFCC. Check out all of our past Members of the month here!

What some of you had to say about Kevin!

“Big win for Kevin. He mainly deserves this because he’s the only person at CFCC who is MAYBE more obsessed with donuts than me. Also its hilarious how humble he is. Before the snatch event at CFCC vs Novem he’s like “oh my wrist is messed up I’m not gonna go heavy today, I can’t snatch 75 lbs without pain.” 5 minutes later he’s snatching and I expect to see some light weight on his bar. Nope…he’s got 175 loaded and makes the lift for a new PR. ” – Greg S.

“I had the pleasure getting to know Kevin through Stabilitywod and gymnastics. There’s something that really brings people together when you get to step on one another and listen to the sweet sounds of Maple’s snoring.

Kevin is a tremendous person with an amazing, upbeat personality, and an athletic marvel! Have you seen the guy box jump?! He has made ridiculous gains over the past year and sky’s the limit. It’s been a pleasure witnessing him exceed his own expectations.  He’s like 130 lbs and just snatched a 170 lbs at the inhouse comp vs Novem! Incredible stuff! Kevin is an extremely supportive person within the gym helping to build the community at cfcc. I’m glad to see that he has been rewarded for his hard work and positive spirits by being recognized for MOTM before he leaves for San Diego! Congratulations, good luck, and keep crushing prs and donuts!” – Kyle H.

“I am thrilled that Kevin wins the MOTM, because when my “twin brother” wins an award, that means I pretty much win it too. Kevin and I started the Foundations around the same time and I’ve been trying to catch up with him since then. He is competitive in such a sneaky way. He always squats 5 pounds heavier than I do, jumps 2 inches higher, and finishes the conditioning with 1 extra rep. No matter how hard I try, he is always a tiny bit better (except the 175 lbs snatch he just hit this past weekend, I don’t think I can beat that anytime soon). Even though it’s so annoying that he is always better than me, I’m still very happy to have him around, because he always brings great energy and inspires everyone in the gym. Congrats Kwak! You will definitely be missed. Have fun in San Diego and make sure you take good care of your wrists. ” – Maple

“Maple’s twin and one of the best guys in the gym. I can’t believe hasn’t received this honor sooner, but this is well a deserved award for a hard working, fun loving, crossfit fiend guy. Super bummed that he is leaving for San Diego soon, but congratulations and keep working hard. OLY bros for Life!!!! Also, pretty funny that Kwak sounds like Quack and he is becoming a Doctor (Dr. Quack, pun intended).” – Nick V.

Congrats from the Coaches!

“Congrats Kevin! Kevin is a great athlete and a fantastic presence at CFCC— he make classes better just by being present, and his patience and dedication are admirable. I’ve been impressed by Kevin’s strength and athleticism, but even more so by the way he’s dealt with nagging injuries— slow, careful work, never letting his frustrations get the better of him, and always push hard on the elements available to him. His smile and pleasant attitude are contagious— the only bad thing I can say about Kevin is that he’s leaving. We’ll miss you, and congratulations!” – Justin

“Maple is great. Works very hard in classes and spends extra time making sure to work on mobility.

What, what?

Oh – Kevin’s ok too.” – Wylie

“Kevin is super good looking. I guess he moves well too. ” – Morgan

“Not only is this a worthy win, but he was also the inspiration for our wifi password. Thank you.” – Tim

“Kevin is an all star at CFCC. He is dedicated to his training and is willing to do whatever it takes to get better. I’ve seen him do every single class we offer at CFCC! Kevin is a core member of this community and an overall awesome dude.” – Zoda

“Kevin is a great example of someone who has had a small setback in the form of a nagging wrist injury, but has been able to stay on track and still come in to train every day. His willingness to get creative and work with the coaches to find alternative options has allowed him to continue progressing in a lot of other areas at a time when others might have allowed themselves to become discouraged.” – Ave

Some more about Kevin!

What do you do when you’re not at the gym? Your profession?

I’m currently finishing up my residency in Internal Medicine at Jefferson and will be starting my first real job as a Hospitalist in July (sadly in San Diego). With the small amount of time outside of work and crossfit, I’m probably binge watching a show on Netflix and/or eating all the doughnuts.

How did you find out about CF?

Unfortunately I think I first found out about crossfit by seeing patients who would come to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis (essentially too much breakdown of muscle tissue) from crossfit, and I told myself I would never join. I’m glad I did though because I soon realized that with proper coaching and programming, this phenomenon was quite rare. I’ve made it a mission of mine to change the negative reputation that crossfit has among the healthcare community.

What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to?
Other than trying to make sure my body is ready for the summer (damn those doughnuts), I really think the community at CFCC pushes me to come in and train on days I don’t want to. Even when I’m exhausted after a night shift, I know that there will always be a group of like-minded people at CFCC who will push and motivate me through a workout.

What’s your favorite movement and/or metcon?

I definitely like body weight movements, especially HSPUs. I think of all the benchmark WODs we did, I’ve enjoyed Mary the most. Oh and I like jumping too (just jumping high, not really double unders or doing multiple box jumps)!

What’s one thing you would like to accomplish within CF in the next year?

The one thing I’m hoping for this year is for my wrists to heal and to avoid any future injuries! Workout wise, I definitely want to learn how to maintain a handstand and do some handstand walks.

Name something about you that’s a little-known fact.

I was named after Kevin McCallister from Home Alone; hoping my parents just chose the name because it was the first movie we saw, and not because they found me annoying.

Thanks for voting for me guys and please let me know if you’re ever out in San Diego! I already know the best doughnut and taco places!

Thanks Kevin, we’ll miss you!!! Be kind to your wrists!
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