Member of the Month: Hans Schonemann

 

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Day Job:
    President of Phasex Corporation:  Phasex Corporation is an R&D company specializing in the use of supercritical fluids to extract, purify, and modify various materials.  We apply SCF technology to the pharmaceuticals, foods, dietary supplements, and specialty chemicals industry.
Hobbies & Other Activities:
    Not many hobbies – I’m a pretty boring guy.  There are things I’ve always wanted to get into, like wood working and being an avid traveler, but there never seems to be any time.
Proudest Life Achievement:
        Coaching my daughter’s U12 soccer team to an undefeated season and into the ECYSA tournament.  It was all coaching!!  (We lost in the first round.)  Also, setting a world record and becoming THE bed race champion rates pretty high in my achievements.  My team, the Pirates of the Merrimack, set the world record at 62 seconds.  The Daily News ran a article a few years ago stating that this record my never be surpassed.
Previous Fitness:
    I grew up in the area and I remember going to Hard Nocks Gym in Amesbury since I was able to drive.  Heavy lifting.  Same monotonous schedule –  Monday: Chest and Biceps; Tuesday: Shoulders and Triceps; Wednesday: Legs – squats until you can’t walk the next day.  (Always too lazy to do abs.)  After two decades of this type of training it got pretty boring.
Why CFFP:
    Again, I was extremely bored with my training routine and with life getting more busy I was just blowing off going to the gym altogether.  My friend, Jake Vartabedian, told me about CFFP and we came to the initial base-line test and on-ramp course together about 3 years ago.  To be honest, both Jake and I had the same plan to sign up for 4-months and then continue our crossfit training on our own.  However, after a few weeks at CFFP the thought of leaving never crossed my mind again.  A friend described a class at CFFP like going to football practice back in HS and college.  I’m intrinsically lazy when it comes to working out, and I would never finish a workout on my own, just like I would never complete a football practice on my own; it takes a team environment.  I love the community, atmosphere, and energy at CFFP – it keeps me going.
First Memorable WOD:
    Fight Gone Bad – everyone was talking about the WOD and I didn’t know what all the fuss was about.  I couldn’t catch my breath for about 15mins after the 3rd round.  My favorite WOD is Nancy – 400meter run, 15 overhead squats.
Favorite Crossfit Movement:
    I really like all the Olympic lifts.  I would say my three favorite movements are the squat clean, squat snatch, and overhead squat.
What Motivates Him:
    I’m almost 49 years old and not much motivates me anymore (in regards to staying fit).  That’s why CFFP is so important to me.  Its fun and full of energy and I look forward to going to class and the feeling I have after the class – like I accomplished something.  I hope that’s a good answer, its kinda the truth.
Biggest Goal:
    Danny asked me this question about a year ago.  I immediately thought of Kevin Spacey’s line in one of my favorite movies, American Beauty:  My fitness goal?  To look good naked.
Biggest Challenge:
    Double unders and running.  I can’t do consecutive double unders and I don’t know if I ever will.  Also, I think I’m one of the slowest people in the gym (although I blew by Tyler on a 800m run last year – I think there was something wrong with his leg).
Biggest Improvement:
    I’ve been working on rope climbs recently, and I’m getting better at that.  However, my biggest improvement is overhead squats.  I could only do the PVC pipe when I first came to CFFP – I never did an overhead squat before.
Advice to new members:
    Just stay with it and have fun.  Don’t get caught up trying to match other people and work at your own pace.
Who is your superhero:
    My wife – I had to say that, she will eventually read this post.  Also, my brother.  He is married and has two beautiful young girls and packed everyone up and moved to Kauai.  I would never have the guts to make a big move like that.
Fun Fact:

    Wow, I’ve been staring at the computer screen for about an hour and I can’t think of any fun facts about me.  I’m a really boring guy; I’m getting depressed…

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