October 2018 Athlete of the Month

October Athlete of the Month

Joe Toeppe

Tell us about yourself, hobbies, interests, family, job, etc.

Well about me, I’m 38, father of 4. Been working out as long as I can remember, which is probably my favorite hobby. I love coaching my kids multiple activities, baseball, soccer, football, whatever they get into. I work at Ford’s in Flat Rock.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

My brother Luke got me into CrossFit in January of this year, been hooked ever since. Pretty sure I’ve made it at least 4 if not 5 days every week since I started. Absolutely love it.

What do you remember about your first CrossFit experience?

I remember being exhausted, but I think what hooked me was the way everyone in the gym worked together.

What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?

I enjoy the different lifts and the amount of different workouts there are.

What do you most enjoy about being part of Light the Fire CrossFit family?

I like the people. I like the competitive atmosphere. What i enjoy the most is how everyone helps everyone pretty much without question. It really is like a second family.

What motivates you to come to the box?

I love the challenge, and I guess if I miss days, I feel like I fall behind, can’t have that, lol.

What is you most recent PR/biggest accomplishment?

Doing my first ring muscle-up.

What is your favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?


What is your least favorite WOD, lift, movement, or skill?


What is your current CrossFit goal?

Well it was to back squat over 450, but now that we started gymnastics, I think I’d like to get back into handstand walks and more work on the rings.

What would you tell a newbie or someone that has never done CrossFit?

Not to be scared, or intimidated. It’s a program that can be done by anyone.

Have you had a life changing experience since starting CrossFit?

Nothing life changing.

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the box?

It has humbled me quite a bit.


***The Athlete of the Month will demonstrate qualities such as, attendance, selflessness, proper scaling, time dedicated to mobility and recovery, dedication to improving form, technique, and skill sets, putting the community before yourself, encouragement and support towards others at the end of WODs.

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