The CrossFit Bothell Member of the month for August has been a paragon of consistency and model of the perfect community member since he joined us many, many moons ago. Somehow, he has managed to evade the honor of becoming Member of the Month all this time. I think it is a lot like how there is a mountain in your backyard that you just get so used to being there, that you forget to acknowledge and show it the respect it deserves. This mountain of a man works harder on his goats than anyone I know. He works year in and year out improving the areas that are not easy for him in an effort to become a better, more well rounded, athlete. Please join me in congratulating Al Kinisky as the CrossFit Bothell Member of the Month for August 2017

Al’s Auntie Ruth
3 Deadlifts 205/295
9 Pull Ups
12/15 Bike Cals

And now, let’s hear from the big man himself:

Q1: What is CrossFit to you?

A1: CrossFit is what keeps me strong, healthy, young and connected to the community.

crossfit cardio jump rope fitnessQ2: What do you love about CrossFit?

A2: I love that it forces me to do things I wouldn’t normally do if I was working out on my own which makes me a more balanced athlete.  Things like burpees, handstands, pistols, pull ups and let’s not forget Turkish get ups and Russian baby makers.

Q3: What do you love about CrossFit Bothell?

A3: For the past three years, I have loved the proximity of it (5 mins away), the quality of the coaches, the cleanliness, the equipment and of course the cool people that work out there.

Q4: What’s your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit thus far?

A4: See answer to question 2 above.  I have never achieved those things before.  Who knew what a kipping pull up was??  Sure a 500lb Deadlift is an achievement, but stringing pull ups together, holding handstands for time and getting even a single pistol or two have been big achievements for me.

Q5: What is the main goal you are working on, inside or outside the gym?assault bike cardio crossfit fitness

A5:  The easy answer; lose pounds without losing strength or better said, lean body mass.  I am doing that by trying to stay flexible to minimize impact to my body and shorten recovery time and adding strength while increasing my aerobic capacity…running, biking and rowing more essentially to ultimately help burn more than I am taking in.  Now that I type this, better food and alcohol management should be noted as well.

Q6: What’s your favorite thing to do at the gym?

A6: Breaking personal records on workouts named after crazy aunts…Fran, Grace, Helen etc. How is there not a Ruth?

Q7: What’s your favorite thing to do outside the gym?

A7: Eat and drink unfavorable amounts of food and adult beverages.  Red meat and red wine is my go to.  You probably weren’t asking what I put in my mouth though.  I also love being with my family, golfing, Seahawks games, our cabin as well as building/fixing things.

Q8: If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

A8: A Bald Eagle.  Not too many predators, the ability to fly, salmon feeds and being photographed all of the time.  In fact, I’d be a Bald Eagle with the ability to wink and smile…that would really throw off those photographers.

Q9: What’s the greatest band ever? (Editor Note: the only right answer to this question is PINK FLOYD, but NICKLEBACK is acceptable too)

A9: Metallica is my favorite, but The Foo Fighters are a close second; if Dave Grohl is still rocking live concerts into his mid-50’s, they could take the number one spot.  I can hang with Nickleback too…they are after all, the Canadian ‘Metallica’

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Q10: What’s your favorite cheat meal?

A10:  Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger, Little Fries and a Salted Caramel Shake…that’s right, I capitalized each word because it’s that good!

weights press crossfitQ11: How do you start your day?

A11: 4am wakeup, cup of coffee, feed the cows, tend to the hay, get the barn cleaned out and till the fields.  Only one of those is true and it rhymes with coffee.  Love the stuff.  It’s not morning until I have a cup of coffee in my hand.


Q12: What is your CrossFit story and what has CrossFit done for you since you have been coming?

A11: Three years ago, my wife Melissa started going with our two boys.  I was still doing the daily Golds Gym routine of bench, curls, tri’s, back and then a 3 mile run.  Ok it wasn’t Golds, it was David Barton in Bellevue, but that’s another story.  I liked the idea of working out with my family so I tried CrossFit and was humbled but encouraged by the coaching staff (thank you Langton Family).  They and all of the coaches since then have encouraged me to take my time, stop when/if I was doing it incorrectly, rest, stretch, eat well and realize that you can always do more.  Also, a special shout out to Link (Lincoln)!  For the past year I have attended his Olympic Lifting classes fairly regularly and my lifts have gotten better.  Since that time, I have increased my squat, deadlift and done things I have never done before as I mentioned above.

I appreciate the time I have spent at CrossFit Bothell for the past three years and I look forward to the next three!