David Pope

When and how did you get started at CFN?

Ahhhh yes. The ol‘ “how did you get started question!” I’ll attempt to keep the story of how I learned of and came to CFN brief:

 In 2015 I came home to deal with a death in the family. My friend Travis brought a set of bumper weights to my house and I was doing some Olympic weightlifting in the driveway when Brian Martorana came wandering up the way with his dog he was walking. He said to me, “I thought those were bumper plates I was hearing echoing through the neighborhood as you dropped 1,000,000 lbs after that successful snatch,” or some such comment. I said back to him, “I see from your shoes (Nano 4s) that you’re a CrossFitter!” The rest, as they say, is history. Literally.

When I moved back officially in September of 2015 I spent a few months getting my affairs in order before beginning personal training at a local gym and, finally, started coaching at CFN in Spring 2016.

Name one thing in your life you are currently thankful for:

I am extremely thankful for the love given and received by all of the folks who make their way into CFN. Truly blessed with our wonderful community!

Who inspires you and how?

   There are any number of individuals I’ve never met who inspire me, folks who have accomplished great feats (feets?) or overcome great obstacles. To narrow it down to one–I would have to say my Mom (Ruth Beedle, for those of you that don’t know). She has always been such a genuinely compassionate and caring person which is something I strive to emulate. I’m sure anyone who has had a class with her can verify that statement. She also has lived and is living a life I’d love to find myself in at her age!


If you could be any Disney character, who would you be?

Aladdin. Duh. Or maybe Genie.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi You’re My Only”

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza. The answer is always pizza. Or ice cream. The answer is also sometimes ice cream.


Would you rather spend a weekend in the mountains or at the beach?

While both are fantastic options for different times of the year/different vacations…I’m going to have to go with a weekend in the mountains. The immensity of both a large body of water and mountain-scapes can both have the same affect on me, but I find more rest and recuperation (albeit ironically through hiking sometimes) in a mountain environment than I do in an aqueous one. Also, ask the SealFit guys…me and sand don’t necessarily see eye to eye on the whole “getting-everywhere-especially-all-in-your-swimtrunks” thing.

What’s your favorite type of CrossFit workout?

My favorite workouts involve gruntwork (burpees, carries, sled pushes/pulls). I enjoy higher skilled movements when there’s some amount of rest given/programmed in. Time domain? Either super short or long-ish. None of that middle of the road garbage

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