Islip CrossFit Member Spotlight

January 2020

Congratulations to Islip CrossFit’s first 2020 Member Spotlight, Steve Affelt.  Steve was voted by his coaches based on his efforts and achievements. He shows up to the gym to work hard and make it count. Rather than taking the easy way out, Steve scales appropriately to work on his weaknesses but still get the intended outcome the workout.  He’s a wizard stick champ and we’re proud that he is part of our community. Keep up the great work, Steve!

What do you do outside of the gym?

Work and raise kids. Gym hours are my off hours.

What brought you to Islip CF? How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I needed a programed and instructed routine because I was not accomplishing anything by myself. I joined Islip Crossfit because they gave a fireman’s discount.

What was your first CF workout? What did you think after it?

I cannot remember what is was, but I do remember not knowing what the movement names meant until a month in.

What changes have you made in your workouts that have been the most successful?

Instead of substituting a movement that I could not finish, i.e. 25 pull -ups with 25 ring rows, I cut the number of pull ups to something I could manage like 12. So I get better at the recommended movement instead of doing something I feel is easier.

Favorite movement? Dumbbell snatch  

 Least favorite?  Pistol  

Benchmark WOD? 150 wall balls

Favorite memory at Islip Crossfit?

Wizards Sticks 2018

If you could program it, what is your perfect workout?

Rnd 1 Anything –  4min programmed rest

Rnd 2 Anything –  4min programmed rest

Rnd 3 Anything – 4min programmed rest

Favorite workout music?

80s pop-rock

Advice for a new member or someone thinking of trying CrossFit?

Don’t start out by doing all the Rx movements

How do you find/make time to get your workouts in?

Dedicate and hour a day and make it your hour, not the kids/wife/work’s hour.

What is your favorite part of Islip CrossFit?

The coaches are so attentive to the members, it’s like having a personal trainer in a cool class atmosphere.

What motivates you to keep coming back each day?

Being overweight

What is your greatest achievement in your fitness so far?

Being able to Rx at least once every week.

What has been the most challenging part of your CrossFit journey?

Old injuries showing up

Short term goal? Long term goal?

Short term is loosing about 30lbs, long term is staying at 190lbs

What/Who motivates or inspires you?

People who are just bit better than I am. Because then I try to match/compare and get to that level.

Favorite Cheat Meal?

All my meals are cheat meals.

What changes have you made in your diet that have been the most successful?

Working on it.

What is the worst “diet” you’ve ever been on? 

My college diet.

What’s your go to breakfast?

Lunch, I skip breakfast.

Do you eat before you workout? (If so, what?)


Something no one at the gym knows about you?

I got pulled over on my way to meet my wife at the hospital while she was giving birth and because of that I was too late.

What was your first job?


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were a teenager?

Watch your weight and stay active.

Favorite Quote?

I drink and I know things.

What Superhero are you?

Capt America

Biggest Fear?

Insects on my skin.

Best Vacation?

Grenada 10th anniversary, La-Luna resort.

If you aren’t at the box, where would we find you?

At home, or out with friends.

If you won lotto, what would you do?

Buy land and build houses on a lake. I would have to buy the lake too.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Polynesian Islands, they’re the best.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Salam Hayek for the win.

Last pic on your phone?

A box of Nerf guns

What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?

My dog wearing a Star Wars storm trooper mask sticking it’s tongue out.

What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?

How to take a screenshot on an iphone

Summarize your lifestyle in 5 words or less

Working for the weekend.

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