We are so thrilled to announce Nick Preiss as our King of the Hill for April! We are fortunate to be such an integral part of Nick’s life in Boston. When he isn’t studying (our boy is wicked smaht!), Nick can often be found at the box, usually doing something ferocious and superhero-like with his partner-in-crime (and competitions!), Derek. And, in between rounds and reps, if the tunes are right, you’ll see Nick bust out some of his sick dance moves! We are so lucky to be able to call Nick family, and so happy to honor him this month!
Keep reading to learn more about Nick!
What brought you to Boston?
I came to Boston in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies at Northeastern University.
What drew you to CrossFit?
I started doing some CrossFit style workouts during track in high school to help develop explosiveness. Once I got to college CrossFit gradually became my staple competitive outlet.
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
Joel’s sexy face;)
In all seriousness, it’s a real pleasure to combine athletic and social endeavors daily. The environment at COTH provides an incredible catalyst for forging new friendships and promoting physical improvement. There is no shortage of advice, motivation or camaraderie, and you will always be held accountable to your potential both on and off the floor.
When I started at COTH my middler year at Northeastern (yeah we are weird and do five years of undergrad) I hadn’t really settled into Boston. The community at COTH helped immensely with helping me settle in. I can honestly say that when I leave Boston COTH will be one of the things I miss most, if not THE most.
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
Gymnastic movements have always been my Achilles heel. I still struggle a lot with ring muscle-ups and HSPU- and who uses a single leg to do squats? We have two legs for a reason. I have been incorporating these movements into my training two or three times a week each and am seeing improvement as of late.
I think my olympic lifts have improved most. A year ago I did a competition and I couldn’t hit a 135# snatch during the workout, that situation has since been remedied.
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Running, rowing, powercleans, KB swings (american).
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
Guns Thunderbuns- It’s not my nickname, I just want it to be a thing. I don’t care if we give it to someone else but I think someone should get it.