This week’s Garage Spotlight Member is Chuck Summers! Chuck was nominated by Michelle Romano Powell! Learn more about Chuck and make sure to say hi next time you see him. (Also, check out a video of one of Chuck’s many talents: http://bit.ly/2efCXko)
Name: Chuck Summers
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and how did you get here?
I am a native Atlantan, born at Crawford Long Hospital. I grew up in East Marietta, and went to Marietta High School for the 9th grade. We moved to Fort Walton Beach, FL before my 10th grade and I finished High School at Choctawhatchee High School there. I met my first (and only) wife in high school. We got married when I was a Junior at Ga Tech in 1972. I finished up there with two EE degrees (BEE, MSEE).
We have 7 children, 6 of whom are adopted. You know my only natural daughter Summer Howerton and my granddaughter Brianna Howerton who work out at the garage.
How long have you been a member at The Garage? Since January 2014.
How did you find The Garage? My daughter, Summer started first and convinced me to come in and try it.
What do you like about working out at The Garage? The community. I would not do the crazy things we do at the garage on my own, even though I have my own gym.
What do you do for a living? I own my own business, helping people learn how to handle their finances, and helping companies teach leadership principles to their managers. I also tutor Math in my spare time.
What are your hobbies and interests? I am the quintessential geek. I love technology, science, math, dancing (!). I like experimenting with robotics and programming. I teach Physical Science at a local homeschool coop.
Favorite food(s)? I am not a food person, but a big bowl of chocolate ice cream warms my heart!
Favorite music to workout to? I am eclectic when it comes to music. I don’t like a lot of hip-hop because of the themes, but pop and event classical works for me.
Favorite WOD, lift or skill? It’s hard for me to put the words favorite and WOD in the same sentence. While I am working on my strength, I am flexible enough to do deep squats, which helps with snatches and cleans. Even though the workouts are hard (that’s the point, right?), I know that what I am doing for myself and my family is good when I work out. I like the results I am getting, and my wife is appreciative as well 😉.
I like the mental toughness Crossfit teaches. Most of doing the WODS is mental, and forcing yourself to do something unpleasant for future reward is good for me. It’s something that I am working on in the rest of my life.
WOD, lift or skill you never ever want to do again? On one level, there are some that are brutally painful, but I know they are good for me to work my way through them, so the things I dislike the most (running) are the things I try to work on everyday.
What’s your proudest CrossFit achievement to date? Persisting with Crossfit. The small gains in strength and stamina I achieve.
What’s on your bucket list? Or what are some goals you are trying to accomplish? (either at the gym or otherwise) Financial Freedom for my wife and family.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you? My wife, a pocketknife, and a magnifying glass.