Name: Athanasios Roniotis nicknames: Tom, Snowsuit, Thumper, the Greek…
Occupation: Patient Support Supervisor at Sickkids
How were you introduced to Cross Fit & How long have you been doing CrossFit?:
I first found out about CrossFit when I saw the 2014 CrossFit games on TV and I was just amazed at the type of workouts and the movements that the athletes were doing. As soon as the games finished and Rich Froning won, I was so impressed at that moment that I wanted try CrossFit so I googled CrossFit gyms in my area and it just so happened that Reebok CrossFit East Woodbridge was just down the street.
What made you decide to join RCFEW?
It took a couple of years for me to actually make it into the gym and try CrossFit but In February 2017, I signed up, the Cristini’s and everyone at the gym made me feel really comfortable and I have been steady here ever since.
Favourite Lifts/ Wods?
Some of my favourite lifts power cleans, squat cleans; snatches are starting to grow on me… and who doesn’t like the bench press!!
Favourite WODs: cleans and row, Helen and deadlifts handstand push-ups.
3 Things you Would Definitely Find in My Fridge…
For sure eggs, hot pepper oil and a couple of beers (for guests).
Favourite Place to Eat:
Favourite place to eat is Fani’s Grill, his lemon chicken is phenomenal and so is his gyro. Location Nea Kios, Greece
My 2 children
Something People Wouldn’t Know About Me:
I tried a LiteFit class and I liked it! I am also Colour Blind.
Biggest Struggle in Life:
Trying to make the time I have as productive as possible
Do you have a Mentor, or Someone you Look up to? If so Who?
My Mentor: I didn’t have just one, I had many mentors depending on where I was in my life – my Dad was one, he taught me about work ethic and perseverance.
Current Mentor : Brandon Crump. Constantly pushing me beyond my comfort zone and helping me reach my crossfit goals
Who Inspires You?
Who inspires me: Jesus. A humble guy who set the standard for core human values with his teaching and he performed some crazy miracles too… real inspiring stuff.
What Music I like Listening to While Working Out:
I like listening to a variety of music while working out: gotta have some Metallica, with a little bit of rap/hip hop and topped off with a little bit of freestyle and for those crazy WOD’s, electric dance club songs help me up the tempo.
Anything Else you would Like to Say:
I wish I found CrossFit 10 years ago!