CrossFit Douglasvile Owner & Coach/Adaptive Athlete/Motivator
Favorite quote: "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful." --Eric Thomas
Rocky single handedly proves that there are NO EXCUSES. "I was told most of my life that I could not do things because I had one hand" explains Rocky. "The best thing someone can do is to tell me I can NOT do something, I live to prove them wrong!"
Rocky's grandfather nicknamed him after his hero Rocky Marciano because his grandson fought like a champ from the day he was born. Rocky takes pride in overcoming physical and mental obstacles, including addiction, weight gain, and injuries. He was told he would never lift again after busting his back in 1997, but once again, he proved people wrong.
Rocky is an adaptive athlete, but says, "I also want to be seen as just an athlete. Even though I have to modify some of the technique, I don't want to modify the task." He recently taught himself how to clean and jerk without using his strap and lives to motivate and encourage others.
His greatest accomplishment is opening his box CrossFit Douglasvile with his wife Kristi in 2012 and seeing their athletes accomplish things they never thought possible. After putting his own training on hold to focus most of his en3rgy on CrossFit Douglasvile, Rocky is ready for his comeback to competitions, cheered on by his athletes. His longterm goals are to obtain his USAW weightlifting certification, learn from industry experts, travel with his wife and pups (Burpee and Tabata) and continue to motivate others.
3 Questions with Rocky:
What 3 words best describe you?
I know you asked for only 3, but many would call me crazy as well!
What do you love best about your sport?
It finds my weaknesses, keeps me on my toes! I love the camaraderie. Everyone pushing and encouraging each other. I really keeps me going! I fell in love with the sport and later I met my wife though CrossFit. We were married in true CrossFit fashion on 3-21/2013. 3-2-1...married!
Do you have any rituals to prepare for competition and what are your go to meals pre & post competition?
When I am competing or about to perform a lift, I visualize one of the greats, like Pyrros Dimas, performing the exact same lift or task and I play it over and over in my head until I am up.
Pre - I keep it clean! I eat chicken, rice, veggies and, of course, my GR3EN!
Post- Pizza and ice cream and maybe some GR3EN mixed with an adult beverage.
Guilty Pleasure- Ice cream...did I mention ice cream?!!!
Rocky's Athlete sites are:
Facebook: Rocky Piwko - sngl_handedly