February 2017 Spotlight Athlete: Kosta Fotopoulos
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
After running track and cross-country at UNF, I was tired of still fitting into my girlfriends clothes and having the muscular strength of a house cat. I then got tired of doing bicep curls and skipping leg day at LA Fitness. That’s when a cousin of mine introduced me to CrossFit and I’ve enjoyed it since Day 1.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
Numerous. Most noticeably in flexibility, which has been my weakest point since joining CrossFit, along with increased strength and stamina
What do you like best about the gym?
Hands down all the members of the gym!! Obviously it’s always fun to compete against one another and joke with each other constantly, but more importantly I’ve learned how much of a family Strong Point truly is. Any time I’ve reached out for advice from workouts to life questions, or found myself in difficult situations, many of the members did anything they could to offer their assistance or advice.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Running…duh! And cleans of any variation
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Anything that goes over my head and involves a squat. Overhead squats, snatches, etc. Oh and burpees. I HATE burpees
What motivates you to show up day after day?
The harder I workout the more often I can eat a chicken tender sub from Publix
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Sometimes I like to be lazy
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Every PR is just exciting and thrilling as the last. And anytime I learn a new movement
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Dropping a barbell on my foot. I couldn’t fit my foot into any of my shoes for a week
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
In 1st grade, I had a 2 or 3 month stretch where I refused to acknowledge my name. You either called me Batman or I wouldn’t respond
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“You look like a fat puppy trying to get on the couch” Ryan Miller when I was learning ring MU’s
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I have many strength numbers I’d like to hit this year and want to compete more often. And I want to finally figure out snatches once and for all.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Start slow and learn the movements. Everyone (including me) wants to just jump to the big weights and numbers but be humble, learn the movements thoroughly, and work up from there. Strength and stamina will come.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Give it a fair try. It’s easy to fail at a movement and get frustrated and think this isn’t for you. You’re going to be insanely sore and probably have trouble walking for a week, let alone trying to roll out of bed the next morning, but keep showing up and you will see awesome results!
Coach’s Comments: Kosta started out with us at the end of 2015 and came to us with a very well-developed engine from years of track and cross country, but very little exposure to the weightlifting and gymnastics aspects of CrossFit. He has really immersed himself in those areas since joining and not only improved there, but has really been able to maintain much of his running capacity as well. In the last few months alone, Kosta completed his first bar muscle up, first ring muscle up, and has set personal records on a wide variety of lifts including squatting over 300 and deadlifting dangerously close to 400 pounds! Of note, none of this has come easily to him. He has put in extensive work over the last year-plus with Strongpoint routinely completing our extra accessory training during Open Gym periods. He dipped his feet into competition three times in 2016, twice at the Festivus Games and the third during the CrossFit Open. His performance between the spring and fall Festivus competitions was certainly indicative of his development after he finished in the bottom five of his division in the spring and then in the top five in the fall! And he did all of this while wrapping up his MBA at the University of North Florida in December of last year. Kosta has a great attitude, asks intelligent questions about training, and is an absolute workhorse in the gym. It has been a pleasure to work with him thus far and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow in the future!