Our member of the month for April is Strength & Conditioning client Steve Maher! Since coming to Black Box, Steve has developed a special relationship with weighted bear crawls, has set many personal records, and even beat Dutch in a game of “You Laugh, You Lose” dad jokes version. Read below to learn more about Steve!
Tell us how you came to BlackBox and what made you stay. Do you remember your first impressions of the coaches? I used to drive by BlackBox almost everyday going to work and would always talk about checking it out. I was an active runner but did not participate in other exercise routines. I think my wife (Tina) was tired of me talking about it and not acting so she signed me up. I remember the coaches and members being very open and encouraging. I was introduced to everyone and was always supported no matter my physical ability.
Your relationship with renegade rows has really evolved over time. What changes have you seen in yourself since you’ve been here? What are your biggest health and fitness goals for the future? What hasn’t changed? Where do I even start. From my first day of renegade rows, aka “Noodle Core” to now “al dente”, I continue to surprise myself in strength and conditioning. My fitness goals are to be well rounded, I have always been in cardiovascular shape, but now I am in better shape than I have been in a long time.
What is something that people new to BlackBox should be (jokingly) warned about? Weighted bear crawls, weighted duck walks, TABATAs… and don’t forget about the nickname you will be given.
What is your most memorable day at the gym? Beating Dutch in the dad joke battle.
As an ER doctor, you are a hero to many. What drew you to your profession and what do you think are the key traits someone needs to have to be successful in your work? I enjoy the variety of my field and the shift work. You need to have the ability to handle many stressful situations at once. It is a profession where you have to stay calm or your patients will sense it.
We hear you like to travel. Where have your most recent adventures been? Do you have any place you’d particularly love to go? What was the most overrated place you’ve been, and the most underrated place? My wife and I recently went to Chile and Easter Island. If I could travel anywhere right now I would go to Peru and hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Overrated – Martha’s Vineyard, Underrated – Broken Bow Oklahoma.
Back in December we pitted you against Dutch in a battle of Dad Jokes. What is your favorite thing about being a dad (besides the jokes, obviously)? All of the adventures outside, playing dinosaurs, the huge laughs, watching our kids succeed but also talking them through failures.
Some of your hobbies include running and home improvement/yard work. Do you have anything else you enjoy doing in your spare time, or any upcoming projects or races? I enjoy playing golf and soccer, and enjoying a gold craft beer with friends and family. I am currently renovating our guest bathroom and will soon be starting our master bathroom.
What is your proudest achievement in life so far? Becoming a father.
Please leave us with a favorite quote, lyric, joke, monologue, or piece of advice. From my late grandfather: “Watch your pennies and your dollars will watch themselves.”