As a growing CrossFit box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month, we profile a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, cheers everyone on and is passionate about the CrossFit Grail Community. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone has these qualities, we can only pick one.
July 2018 Athlete of the Month: Rich Berretta
Why we chose Rich:
Rich Berretta is not your typical CrossFitter, or so he claims. He also says there is nothing special about him, but if you have ever worked out with Rich garbed in his colorful socks, you know that he is one of the hardest working athletes in the gym. I sat down with Rich to get to know him a bit better and found out about his music career, all about being an accountant, and the progress he has made this year. It is his determination and dedication to improve his fitness, his love for his family, how he inspires and encourages others, and how he puts his heart and soul into everything he does – this is why Rich is the CrossFit Grail Athlete of the Month!
Check out Rich’s video interview here
Tell us a little about yourself:
From the Boogie Down (New York), born/raised there for 29 years, and moved out here with Jackie and a six-month-old Reese back in 2015. Added Josephine to the mix in 2017. I’m a CPA (no, Eric, not a Constant Pain-in-the-Ass), and I read any book I can get my hands on.
I’ve played piano since I was 11, was classically trained (parents never made me do it unwillingly), received my Licentiate’s degree in piano performance from the Trinity College of London, played in Carnegie Hall, and constantly have music in my head. Made an executive decision (thanks, Dad) to go to college and major in business, keeping music as a hobby. It was bittersweet, but no regrets.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
My routine growing up was far from physical. I’d come home from school and practice the piano (never forced) for 4 hours. I always wanted to do sports, but Mom said, “You’ll hurt your HANDS!” My gym memberships were your standard globo-gym, unsupervised, where I’d walk on the treadmill watching music videos and call it after a mile. I don’t think I even broke a sweat.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
6 years after the globo-gym and after hearing Jackie ‘sales pitch’ me CrossFit for several years, she SIGNED ME UP!
“They have a play area where I can leave Reese while I work out,” Jackie said.
“Wait,” I said, “you signed ME up TOO?”
“Don’t worry, I told Eric ALL about you.”
Would you believe I’ve been doing this for 13 months? Vegas odds at the time were right above the Jets over the Niners in the Super Bowl.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
Accountability. For a lazy fool like me, I like that at CrossFit I can’t hide in the corner on the elliptical with Van Halen in my headphones.
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
Physical Improvements? Check
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
I don’t want to lose all the awesomeness listed in the question above.
What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
1. Back squat
2. Push up
3. Pull up
Good thing the question said 3 favorites because 4th was Burpee!
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
Moving to CO.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: Good snatch form
This year: Stop taking long breaks in WODs
This lifetime: Leave Earth better than I found it.