Who’s Who: Ted S!

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Warm Up

1) Squat Sequence
2) Shoulder Sequence

Mobility

Relaxed joint mobility; instructor led.

WOD

3 Rounds for time:
20 KB Swings (heavy)
20 Box Jumps
rest 8 min when done
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3 Rounds for time:
15 Push Presses  75/55
15 Bent Rows  75/55
rest 6 min when done
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3 rounds for time:
20 Walking Lunges
15 Knees to Elbows
rest 4 min when done
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3 rounds for time:
15 Burpees
30 Double Unders

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How were you introduced to Crossfit?
The man, the myth, the now-engaged legend, Spencer Provow, talked me into paying $50 to watch the 2010 sectionals with the promise of “fit” women who could kick my ass. However, the most memorable part of the event turned out to be watching shirtless dudes bounce 310 pounds off the ground like it was nothing. I was hooked before ever attempting a WOD.

Favorite WOD/lift:
Murph! This was my first WOD. I figured I’d start with something easy and build up to the tough stuff.

I have always wanted to
Make a difference in someone’s life.

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1 word people use to describe me:
I can’t read minds so I took a poll of some friends and the winners were passionate, loyal and determined. There was even one vote to make cosmoModel one word so it could be considered.

Outside of the gym I like to:
Try most anything once, especially if it pushes me outside my usual comfort zone. Prime example would be that I am horribly, seriously knees buckle and sweat pours off me, afraid of heights but managed to crawl my way out to the middle of a bridge and bungee jump from 216 meters above certain death, while traveling in South Africa.

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:
I did ballet for a year when I was 5. By the end of the year, my parents had to drag me, screaming, to practices; I was the only boy in my entire company. For the recital I wore red, sequined overalls, a blue sequined sailor hat and completed the outfit with white gloves (photos are locked away in a safe back in Madison).

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Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit:
Soccer, of course! I’ve been a soccer fanatic since I first laced up a pair of boots when I was five. Soccer has taken me all over the country as a player, all over the world as a spectator and given me lifelong friendships.

Favorite place to eat in Portland:
It would take something special to top a rack of ribs at Podnah’s.

Song that gets me pumped up for a workout:
“3..2..1..GO” by whoever is starting the WOD.

Proudest accomplishment:
Achieving my dream of becoming an actuary, a dream that I’ve had since I was way too young to be thinking about a career path, and allowing it to jump start an entire new chapter of my life in a place I never thought I’d be living.

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15 Comments on “Who’s Who: Ted S!”

  1. yey Ted! You are awesome and so fun to WOD with!!! Always working hard and pushing your self-it is awesome!

  2. Yeah Ted! I can always count on you to not let me slack during a workout. Mission accomplished, you have made a difference in my life! haha Keep it up buddy!

  3. This workout is as potent as Ted’s Who’s Who. Bring something to cool yourself off with…

    I think the morning class will be finally coming down right about lunch time.

  4. Ted you’re awesome! Thanks for always making the morning class so energetic!

  5. For Halloween, or your birthday, you have to wear the sequin pants and hat! Always good workin’ out with you.

  6. Ted, awesome Who’s Who! I always love the morning class with you, you have such great energy and always inspire me to work harder.

  7. Ted, you can now cross “make a difference in someone’s life” off your list. You’ve made a difference in my life TODAY. Who’s with me on that??!!!

    Fantastic Who’s Who!! You are a remarkable young man, and I mean that in a motherly, non-creepy way (lol).

  8. Anyone else not on speaking terms with their Quads today? Finished today’s WOD in 37:43 and just now got my heart rate and breathing back to normal…

    I bet the ladies are stoked at your selection of photos Ted! You are an intense competitor and alway great to have in a WOD. No one screams, “Yeeeaaaahhhh- come on!” the way that you do. It’s pretty amazing to see how far you’ve come in a short time. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Games WODs!

  9. Ted’s such a badass that when he was born, he spanked the doctor and cut his own cord.

    Dreamt of being an actuary… speechless.

  10. Theodor, I always enjoy trying to 1-up Ben with you. Although you’re usually much more successful at it than I am. Looking forward to many more workouts with you!

  11. When Ted was playing Youth Soccer as a kid, he was very recognizable on the field because he rarely wore a shirt; and when he did, he always wore a pocket protector in the pocket of his jersey…

  12. Ted-
    You’ve changed my life already. I never knew what an actuary did before you inspired me to look it up. And now I see that it is the 3rd coolest job for 2011 and my own freakin’ job which I thought was OK is something crappy like the 83rd coolest job! This may be life changing…

    Todays WOD… A puker
    36:17 with 80 DB for KB swings and 24″ box

  13. I choked on my coffee this morning when I read “Dream of being an actuary.”

    So um… Not that I’d be staring at that muscle in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen or anything, but is that an appendix scar I see?

    And I mean that in a make your trench-coated stranger with bare legs creepy way.

  14. Thanks for all the love everyone!

    Yes, I did indeed know I wanted to be an actuary before I was even in middle school. My mom is an actuary and I loved math so it seemed to fit well.

    Cory, you are spot on. I was always on the ‘skins’ team, at least until the sun came out and fried my pale skin to a crisp. My college coach actually nicknamed me “Matthew McConaughey” because of my propensity to be shirtless as often as possible.

    SSS, not a scar at all, just a vein popping out. It was probably a side effect of all the muscle milk, collegiate edition (totally ncaa legal), I inhaled during the offseasons.

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