Dan Gradows

Our #MemberCrushMonday of the week is Dan Gradows.

Here is his story:


What do you do with your time, for work, play, etc?

I am a Human Resource Analytics Expert that works with some of the largest companies in the world. As a consultant that works with these companies, I use data modeling to help them establish a better HR strategy for their workforce.


What is something about you that would surprise us?

In 8th grade I won a poetry contest and to this day I have no clue what I wrote about.


Why do you choose to workout at Chuckwalla?

Even though it may be considered cliche, I do really enjoy the people who attend Chuckwalla. Both coaches and athletes not only strive to be better athletically but are also good people who know the value of lifting others up and celebrating their accomplishments.

How does Chuckwalla help you be strong for life?

I believe that working out, Crossfit or any other medium, teaches us how to deal with failure and the understanding that although we didn't PR today there is one waiting just around the corner if you work hard.


What is your favorite lift/workout?

As many of you know, running is by far my most favorite workout with Thrusters coming in a close second. If I am being serious I do enjoy the technical aspects of olympic lifts (often achieved with little to no running).

What are your current fitness goals?

I just competed in my first Oly meet and I hope to continue to explore the possibilities of the sport.


What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?

Currently I am most proud of my Overhead Squat, it has increased over 200% since starting with Chuckwalla.


What keeps you motivated / disciplined?

My girlfriend, Amy Tunis, inspires me each and every day to keep moving forward. I am also motivated by the belief that the best of my life is yet to come and I do not want to go gentle into that good night.



Any favorite sayings /motivational quotes?

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever


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