Member in the Spotlight – Akin Ata

When the coaches get together to decide the Member in the Spotlight each month, there are a few characteristics that we look for. Our favorite thing about our May Member is that he comes to class (or his garage) each day ready and eager to try or learn something new. He asks questions, he slows things down sometimes to make sure he is doing things correctly, and he always, ALWAYS, comes with a smile and a positive attitude. Akin, you may not be the loudest member in class, but you stick out to us in so many ways. Thank you for all of your hard work, for being such a wonderful part of our community, and always figuring out how to make your health and fitness and priority and making the best of every single day.Get to know a little more about Akin below!

1. First, tell us a little about your CrossFit story! How long have you been with the Port and how did you get started?

As a Turkish guy, Naim Suleymanoglu (Also Known As: The Pocket Hercules) was a hero of mine growing up. A small country like Turkey has a really

y hard time showing themselves as successful in national sports competitions. But he made that happen for Turkey starting in 1988. He ignited the passion for Olympic Weightlifting for me back then. After I came to the US (9 years ago) working out became my daily routine. It took me a few years to find out there was a training program called CrossFit ? but I immediately fell in love with the sport and was introduced to The Port by Tasha.

2. What has changed for you since joining? What change are you most proud of?

I am so happy to be a part of an expansive Port family. Coming from another country has its challenges, but this community is one of the best communities I have ever been a part of. I’ve met some beautiful people and have made some awesome friends. Going to the gym became a huge part of my life, not only to work out but for the social aspect it provides as well.

I am proud of the quality of my form. I was doing some of the movements (deadlift, squat etc.) before I joined the gym, but after I spent A LOT of time with all of the lovely coaches, I was able to improve my form and started to lift even heavier. Starting this sport at age 33 was intimidating at first, but now I am happy where I am today. My endurance increased drastically, and I am in better shape than when I was 18.

3. What are some things you love to do outside of the gym?

I love spending time with my daughter and my friends. My daughter and I love bike rides, small hikes, playing video games and Legos.

4. If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island and all of your human needs were met- food and water and shelter- what are two things you would want to have with you?

Assault Bike and Books

5. What are your three most-used emojis?

Pretty sure I overuse these:???

6. What’s something we might not know about you yet? Perhaps a talent or skill, something awesome you’ve done or participated in?

I only lasted 4 days in first grade before I was bumped to 2nd grade.

Something I am kind of proud of is how quickly I can learn. Nine years ago when I first came to the US, I realized that I didn’t know any (American) English and I was having a REALLY hard time communicating with people. In just under a year, I was able to speak fluent English. I still have a hard time finding the right words from time to time, but it is work in progress.

Akin, assault bike on a deserted island!? That’s on a different level!

Thank you for sharing a little more about you!


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