Athlete of the Month, February 2017

Patrick Bell, 37, Construction Project Manager, Rochester Hills.

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 03/01/2015

What is your athletic background? I played sports from a very young age baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track. By high school I realized I was terrible at all sports except one, football. I spent high school playing football and lifting weights, I loved it. I had a full ride to play at a very small college, much to my fathers dismay I went to Michigan State instead and took up a decade of booze, drugs, and cigarettes. This caught up to me in my early 30s physically and even more mentally. I began running, weight lifting, floor hockey, basketball about 7 years ago and soon recovered that ten years of damage. 2 years ago I tried crossfit and have been in love ever since.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? I love power cleans. I just love the movement, it is challenging and the more I do the more I learn/realize the technique over strength. I hate front squats. I don’t mind the squats, but I was born with a rare condition called “baby wrist syndrome” also known as BWS. Front squats make my baby wrists hurt, and have also condemned me to shopping in the kids department for watches, it is embarrassing to wear a Pokemon watch when you are 37.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related: My greatest personal accomplishment is my beautiful little girls, Vivienne and Samantha. I love being a father. Those girls give me so much love and laughter. They have me wrapped around their little fingers, and I love every moment. Professionally, I could not be any happier. I have been building things since I was a little kid, my first job was at a lumberyard, I designed and built my first home by 19, and now I get to manage some of the largest construction projects in the country. Construction has always been my passion. I climbed quickly, and am now mentoring multiple young engineers/managers as they develop their careers and I find it even more rewarding. A decade of unhealthy habits, the stress of climbing the corporate ladder, and raising a family brought me into a debilitating state of anxiety and depression about 7 years ago. Fitness is the outlet for me to relieve life’s stresses. (Happy Body/Happy Mind) I am mentally stronger now than I have ever been.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?   Before CFR I only had 2 friends, now I have at least 4. It has absolutely made me better, I did ok working out alone to P90 and running etc. But CFR has taken me to the next level. I travel a lot for work, and it is great to be able to go to other Crossfits around the country. With all honesty I have not found coaching at the level that Vince, Jeremy, and Sam bring to CFR! So appreciate it!

What are your hobbies?  I love DIY, I do everything from building furniture, to gardens, to my latest project of making my home solar powered (nerd I know). I love traveling, I go all over the US causing trouble, last summer I backpacked Europe alone for ten days, and am planning this summers European adventure. I also love guns and cars.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies?  Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Stepbrothers, Dances with Wolves

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I am a farm boy. I grew up on a farm in Metamora. I started driving tractors at 12, and fed the cows everyday. My family is all still there and I love to be in the country.

What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related. My personal goals #1 is be the best father I can be. Other than that I want to visit everywhere, try everything, just constantly chase the crazy ass dreams and ideas I have. When I die, I don’t want any regrets of something I didn’t try or do. Professionally I would love to work on a suspension bridge or a mega skyscraper… those things really push the limits of engineering and construction. On a smaller scale I want to build myself a net-zero home. (A home that produces more energy than it uses). Fitness, I just want to keep improving. I would love to be Level 6 at everything. I know there is no Level 6, I just invented it.