May's Athlete of the Month
Time to highlight one of our spectacular athletes! What makes up an Athlete of the Month? Not RX’ing every workout or lifting the most weight. This athlete exhibits consistency and a hard work mentality. Every time they come to the gym they have a good attitude and give their all. This person is also welcoming of others, helping make H Dub the best community there is. Each month we choose a different athlete and post some fun facts about them to help y’all get to know them better.
Congrats to one of our most consistent athletes, Eric Droussard. For the past year, he has consistently shown up 3 times a week and the improvement we've seen is amazing. Not only has he shown up, but he's also shown the willingness to work day in and day out. Eric also brings good vibes to every class and we appreciate the laughs he provides. Thanks for being an epic part of the H Dub fam, Eric!
Name: Eric Doussard
Hometown: Suffolk, VA
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m from a small town in Virginia where our claim to fame is growing peanuts. I moved to Nashville about six years ago for grad school and fell in love with the town. I love my church, all of the friends I’ve made, and the people I work with are awesome. I eat Chipotle at least four times a week, my favorite bar is Greenhouse, I’m pretty good at swing dancing, and my favorite movie is Cool Runnings. Currently single, so if all you married people at the gym could set me up with one of your friends, that’d be great.
What were your goals when you started training?
I was looking for friends to workout with that would motivate me. There’s something special about having people around that will push me and encourage me when I would normally wouldn't try nearly as hard by myself. I felt like I hadn’t really had a hard workout in years pre-H Dub, but I have been sore every single day since I started and have gained 25 pounds (not fat!) this past year.
How long have you been at H Dub and how did you get into it?
I have been at H Dub for almost a year. I googled CrossFit gyms in Nashville, clicked on the closest gym, and when I looked at the pictures I realized that I used to work with Trey five years ago. After coming to the first class I realized that Trey is the kind of coach who cares more about my fitness than I do, and that’s the kind of coach you need in your life.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing we do in training?
Least Favorite: Double-unders
How has H Dub positively affected you?
First, you would not believe how much my posture has improved since I started; I really should have taken pictures. Sitting at a desk for over a decade completely screwed up my posture, but now I can’t remember the last time I had back pain. Second, I look forward to coming to the gym now rather than feeling like it's something I have to do after work.
What advice do you have for newcomers?
You do not realize what your body is capable of. I remember my first week seeing all these Olympic athletes doing muscle-ups, handstand pushups, biking a million meters, etc., and I never thought I’d be able to keep up. After a year of coming three days a week consistently, and now I can actually hang with the group. I still haven’t beat Trey or Allison at a workout, but they’re starting to sweat a little.
What is something no one at the gym knows about you?
I write music and have some Gospel songs on Spotify. Not exactly workout music, but you should check it out.
Who are 3 people you would have a meal or drink with dead or alive?
1) Danny Skittlethorp (mentor to me, passed six years ago)
2) Grandma (alive, but she’s cooler than everyone)
3) Kanye West
If you had an intro song when you walk into the gym what would it be?
Power - Kanye West
I actually don’t really like sports or watch any sports. But I would crush all of you at bowling.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Fried pickles and pork sandwich at Edley’s.