This week’s spotlight member is Daniel Gerlaugh. Danial was nominated byKristin McKenna Crowe. Kristin says, “Daniel doesn’t like tank tops but he will wear one to support the Squad – that’s the kind of guy he is. He might be quiet but he’s full of sass – and not in a prissy toddler way, in a hysterical awesome way. He can make even the most grueling workout a good laugh.” Kristin also played paparazzi to provide pictures of Daniel for this spotlight.
Name: Daniel Gerlaugh
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and how did you get here?
I was born in West Philadelphia and actually was raised there. I really spent a lot of my days on the streets. Usually it was chilling out, maxing out, relaxing all cool…Sorry that’s a story for another day…
I really grew up over in Marietta graduating from Walton High School continuing to college at Georgia Southern University. After graduating we moved back into Acworth where my wife grew up and stayed in the area. The area seemed to fit our lifestyle and was comfortable enough for a family, plus moving is hard work, so we decided to hang tight there.
How long have you been a member at The Garage?
Since September of 2015.
How did you find The Garage?
I feel like I was suckered into it more than anything. My wife, Jennifer, was looking for a place to get back into shape and started researching different options and decided on CrossFit. I told her she wasn’t going to become all big and buff and leave me to trend more towards looking like a bean bag chair so I went along with it. After looking at a couple different places over a few months, she found The Garage and we both joined. Well, three months later (due to various reasons) she decided to stop coming and that left me all alone after getting hooked on it. It was probably part of her master plan to keep me up and moving.
What do you like about working out at The Garage?
Hands down the 5AM WOD Squad. For me, I can do just fine on my own but having a stable group of people who take the nonsense that I unleash on a daily basis and then throw it back at me even more so is great. They all know what they’re doing and are great at encouraging you along. So that’s nice when I feel like just laying down into a ball of pain on the floor.
What do you do for a living?
It’s glamorous let me tell you. I am the regional manager for a surety company. Basically, I review financial statements all day and provide a third party guaranty that a contractor can physically and financially do a job.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy golfing and target shooting, but with the two kids and another on the way my hobbies and interests are really whatever their hobbies and interests are.
What is something interesting about you most people don’t know?
3rd generation Eagle Scout.
Meat. Specfically a lot of red meat. I’ve been known to down a few pounds in one sitting and then going back for more a couple hours later.
Favorite music to workout to?
If it doesn’t have teased hair, spandex, and high notes then it’s tough to get behind. I really enjoy 80’s Hair Metal. I think that it is really a lost art that could stand a reboot.
Favorite WOD, lift or skill?
There aren’t too many that I’m in love with. I think my favorite is the last one done since it won’t come back around for a bit. I do enjoy deadlifts and back squats. Pure raw power.
WOD, lift or skill you never ever want to do again?
Snatch. It’s a terrible lift that should just go away forever.
What’s your proudest CrossFit achievement to date?
Getting my most recent PRs in deadlift (355) and back squat (300).
What’s on your bucket list? Or what are some goals you are trying to accomplish? (either at the gym or otherwise)
In general it’s just trying to keep up with the rest of the 5AMers. There are some really big competitors there and I just want to get up to really being close to on par with them.
Anything else you want to include?
No. You’ve hit most of the high points.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably my Dad’s dad. He passed well before I was born and I want to hear some stories about what kind of kid my Dad was. I have a feeling he had a reserved wild side to him.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?
Well that means I wouldn’t have the kids with me so probably a comfy bed and pillow to get some sleep and then a book to relax for a good bit.