January 2021 Member of the Month: Evan DaSilva
Congratulations Evan, our January 2021, Members of the Month. Read the raves from our coaching staff about her below:
It's been a delight to watch Evan attack workouts but also get more focused on technique and form. He's been honing in on areas to progress, including overhead lifts and squats. Evan is always friendly, outgoing, and welcoming to regular members and new folks (when we were having group classes!)
Evan DaSilva where to start... He's a joy to have in class and brings an energy which is immediately felt by any and all around him. Sometimes this energy presents itself in extraneous head swiveling and tilting regardless of the movement being performed, but I digress....
He doesn't let workouts intimidate him and his humility allows him to scale appropriately while still achieving the desired stimulus. My absolute favorite encounter was a day we worked very light loads in the overhead position and achieved great progress. Even though it can be tough to get in a word edgewise, he appreciates feedback and works to get better in each and every session.
He's become an essential part of the community at Commonwealth and his positive attitude, even through all the challenges of this time, is much appreciated. We love you Evan!!
Favorite Evan quote - "I have the flexibility of uncooked spaghetti"
Do you have any nicknames?
I don’t have any cool unique nicknames, I typically go by Evan, DaSilva, or E
Where are you from?
I grew up in Norton, MA and went to Bryant University in Rhode Island. I have lived in Somerville/Cambridge for the past 3 years.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in May 2019 at CrossFit Southie to prepare for the Spartan race in Killington. After being there for 3 months, I was absolutely hooked on the results I was seeing and feeling. Prior to starting CrossFit, I couldn’t squat 100 pounds or do 5 pushups.
What brought you to CWCF?
I was looking for a gym a little closer to home. I tried a class one day (I still remember it was Fran, and Murph + Burns were doing Murph + Burns things) and I knew it was the place for me. Larry was so helpful in identifying scales and best form, and everyone in the class was so supportive.
What classes do you usually attend?
Always the earliest class (530, 6, whatever works). The early morning gang have become some of my great friends. The group keeps everyone accountable, and I am so happy I met many of them.
What are you doing to keep up with your fitness and community during the pandemic?
I went and splurged on a bunch of equipment when the Pandemic began. I try to go to the gym everyday for strength training, and I've been joining the Zoom workouts to get my Metcon on.
What do you love about CWCF?
1000% the community. I never thought I would get so close to so many people (My most frequent text messages come from the group message with Nate, O'Malley, Karla, and Kuan). It's great to get a text message from someone in our "Pod" checking up on me if I miss a class during the week.
What do you do outside of CrossFit? (work? school? etc?)
I started working at Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals on their ethics & compliance team in November 2020. Prior to Ipsen, I spent four years working at EY and RSM on their forensic accounting teams.
What is something about you we might not know?
I am deathly afraid of heights. Even the high rings is pushing my comfort level on heights. When I rope climb, I close my eyes at the top when ringing the bell.
Who is your superhero?
I would have to say my hero is my dad. He came to the US when he was 17 and managed to exemplify the American dream. He raised both my brother and I on his own, which I know is so difficult. He definitely has made me into the person I am today.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Power Cleans or Hang Cleans. It is one of those movements that you just feel strong doing, regardless of the weight on the bar.
What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?
I think it is just all the improvements I have made when it comes to our strength work. Coming into the gym, I couldn’t squat, deadlift, or bench any weight at all. Even though I still have a lot to improve, I have seen so much change in my physical ability over the past year.
What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?
Short Term: Handstand Push Ups. It has been tough to make progress because of the Pandemic, but I am ready to go all in when we get back to normalcy. I practice pike pushups at home to build strength
Long Term: Run the Boston Marathon - this has always been a dream for me. Cardio / endurance is a huge part of my daily routine (Running, Rowing, Peloton cycling)
What motivates or inspires you?
Anytime I get a PR, I am ready to run through a wall. The idea of continuous improvement absolutely motivates me to push myself. It also never hurts when I have someone yelling at me to push harder or go faster during a workout. I respond really well to this and competition.
What is your best tip for new members?
Don’t be afraid to say hello and get to know new members! This community that Brian and the team has built is something I love and talk about constantly. I never thought I would be so close to a bunch of random people from a gym I joined!