AOTM – January 2015

January 2015: The Meathead

Think Zach Galifianakis from the Hangover 2…Just way more jacked, a darker beard, and a sexy bench press!!

DRICHMeet Dave aka DRICH!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

My name is David Richardson.  I am 30!!! years old.  I was born and raised in the area.  I went to Broadway High School with Rat.  I graduated from JMU in 2007 with a degree in Exercise Science, and I am currently putting my education to its full use, working as a manager at Costco. I am engaged to a lovely lady name “T”asha, and she has two very wonderful girls named Abby and Jazmine.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

I have been doing crossfit since December 2013.  So just over a year.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

Ive had so many of those workouts that its hard to choose from them.  The workout that stands out the most to me was the chipper from last years open.   It is a workout that haunts me to this day.  It was a humbling experience to say the least.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Pull-ups, box jumps, short runs, and I guess shoulder to overhead

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?


What are your goals?

As a competitor my goal is to get better every day.  Each day I come in, I want to be able to say I have left there being better at something than when I walked in. But, overall my goal is to be as healthy as I can be, healthier than Ive ever been.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

First and foremost the people at the rock.  Secondly is that inner fire and competitive nature.  Growing up I played all the sports I could.  Now that Im old, fat, and bald I have to find different ways to push myself and compete, and the rock has filled that niche nicely.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

I feel that this is a trick questions.  Saying that I have a cheat meals would insinuate that I eat healthy most of the time.  With that said, Im a sucker for sticky nugs, sliders, and tap beer.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Community, I believe that word sums it up the best.  There is always someone to lend a helping hand, or push you when you need it. There is always someone who is willing to jump your ass when your motivation is down.   But at the end of the day we are all working towards a common goal of making ourselves and those around us better.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

When I first started out in PEAK, I wasn’t sure that crossfit was the right path for me.  I was the stereotypical meathead that thought Gold’s was the only gym in town, and that crossfit was for people who just couldn’t lift( Bench Press) heavy weights.  It was the people and coaches that kept me coming back and pushing me through  those first couple months.  Now I feel like Im missing something on days when I don’t come in.  I am in the best shape I have ever been in, and I feel like there is more to go.  I would like to personally thank each and every person who calls The Rock home, because at some point or another you have each inspired me to do better, and to be better.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

DRich!  A name that could strike a fear into many when they see it on the whiteboard.  But don’t let the beard and “shaved head” fool you, this is one of the nicest guys you will run into at The Rock.  When Dave is at the gym, he’s at the gym to put in work and he’s not really worried about whats going on around him…he truly embodies a quote I love, “more focus on the work, less on the noise.”  Many times on a whim I’ll shoot Dave a text saying “hey, what do you think about this workout?  Want to give it a shot?  You available in an hour?”….and the response is always, “I’ll be there.”  I remember when Dave first came through our doors, him and his friend Mark (and Mandy!) both thought I was crazy as we went through squats and presses with no weights on the bar.  At the end of Day 1 PEAK Dave asked when learn to do “the things on the rings?”  I laughed and said in due time, him and Mark tried a few on the bar and were fairly close.  They come back on Wednesday, don’t say hi, both go right to the rig and go at it again, this time with success…to this day one of the craziest things I’ve seen (or maybe Mark got one and Dave didn’t?  Maybe ask Dave 🙂 )  DRich quickly learned what it took to be good at this thing we call a sport, and a trait I look for in all good athletes is their ability to stay humble…and I’m proud to say he is one of the most humble guys I’ve ever been around.  Congratulations Dave, you’ve earned it…I’m proud to have you as a member, competition partner and friend.

DRich stroking a smooth 405lb Back Squat for 2









Pictures Courtesy of Sarah Thomas Photography