This week we are excited to feature Anthony Quill! You'll find Anthony in our 5:30am CrossFit classes most mornings. While he is quiet (until the coffee kicks in, apparently), his technique is spot on! Watch him snatch someday, and you'll be impressed! Anthony and his wife, Kristen, are both part of our FitHAUS community, and we're so glad they found us when they moved back from Malta last year! Anthony has quite the fun list of interests and is quite the world traveller! If you need advice on anything travel or outdoor related ... you should ask Anthony as we're willing to bet he can help! Learn more about Anthony below:
1. Tell us a little about you ... things we might not all know:
AQ: My family and I moved to Long Lake in August of 2019. We have two kids, Henrik who is six and Betty who is almost four. Although originally from Minnesota, we spent the past five years (and our kids entire lives) living in Malta, a small island nation in the Mediterranean. We love to travel and my wife and I have each visited 30-40 countries. We are quite competitive, so are currently arguing about the veracity of those totals and who technically has been to more. I'm quite positive it is me. I love spending time outdoors and would take a weekend in the woods over just about anything. I am not much of a TV watcher, but do try to read as much as I can, but rarely fiction. I like to play the guitar and for better or for worse have taken up singing lessons across the road from the gym. If anyone is at the gym on Tuesday nights, don't forget your earplugs! I would say most of my spare time these days is spent with my kids and loving wife. I am an economist by training and have spent my entire career in the investment management industry. I'd elaborate but don't want to bore anyone to death. I love to cook and used our quarantine as a chance to learn to bake sourdough bread. I missed the fresh bread we had in Europe and wanted to recreate that experience at home. As my wife would attest to, I am also a very messy cook and my standards for cleanliness and tidiness likely leave something to be desired. Leaving me alone with a bucket of finely ground flour turned out to be a bit dangerous. The best trip we ever took was a 10 day family vacation to Morocco. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a safe yet truly unique experience. There is nothing better than a camel ride through sand dunes, apart from the soreness you'll experience afterwards, and I do not think I will ever again see the stars as bright and clear as they were on that trip.
2. What made you decide to try FitHAUS (and what were you doing prior to coming in)?
AQ: Prior to FitHAUS I was primarily drinking beer and watching my wife continue to get stronger than me. I decided to try it because I was starting to fear for my life...
3. What is your favorite part of FitHAUS?
AQ: Definitely the community and the coaches. Although I am not a morning person, the great group of people that are at the 5:30AM class definitely help to make it more palatable. I still require some coffee before I actually talk, but it's getting better.
4. What are some of the accomplishments you're most proud of, and what are your goals going forward?
AQ: I have actually finished some of the Metcon workouts before the timecap, which was huge for me. A 300lb squat is high on my list right now.
5. How has working out at FitHAUS bettered your life outside the gym?
AQ: I like the discipline it has instilled in me to get up in the morning and get on with my day. I tend to require excessive beauty sleep, so having something to push me along each morning has been a blessing. Being new to Long Lake, it has also served as our primary source of new friends. Moving is never easy, but having the FitHAUS crowd to lean on has made it much better this time around.
6. What advice would you give to someone considering joining FitHAUS?
AQ: Start in the Winter. Kenny tends to only take his shirt off in the Summer, so it's just safer that way. But in all seriousness, just do it. Crossfit can seem a bit intimidating, but I can guarantee you that the rest of the FitHAUS crowd will do nothing but encourage you along and make you feel welcome. Additionally, the team has taken a very thoughtful approach to being open during COVID, so do not let that deter you. The coaches are amazing and will adapt each workout to any skill/fitness level. You do not have to have any prior experience to benefit from FitHaus.
7. What are your favorite movements? Least favorite movements?
AQ: Favorites: squats, deadlifts, and presses. Least Favorite: Thrusters. They are the worst.