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Tim Paulson

Tim Paulson
Ithaca, NY (Owner at Crossfit Pallas)
6’1” / 213lb

  • Clean & Jerk – 350
  • Snatch – 285
  • Jerk – 390
  • OHS - 355
  • Triple Unders – 70
  • Grace – 1:15
  • FGB – 466
  • Fran – 2:15
  • Amanda – 3:29
  • Diane – 2:21
  • 2015 Crossfit East Regional Competitor
  • 2015 Open – 58th Worldwide, 6th in the North East
  • 2015 Wodapalooza – Elite Division 11th place, Miami, FL
  • 2014 Grid Championship, DC Brawlers
  • 2014 Crossfit North East Regional – 16th place

Why/when did you start Crossfit? I was a competitive hockey player all my life, so when my to-be business partner introduced me to Crossfit at Ithaca College I was hooked from the start. The wide range of movements and skills it demanded that you master kept me addicted and constantly chasing something new; it was the perfect outlet while I completed my MBA. This journey all started in the spring of 2012 with the Crossfit Open – I got my first muscle up in an empty garage late that year and qualified for my first Regional the following spring.

How has it changed your life? Crossfit and functional fitness has sent me on a path I never could have imagined. I thought my athletic career was at an end, and I was contently headed towards a CPA license and 80 hour work weeks as an auditor with KPMG in Philadelphia. As I was finishing my MBA, though, my best friend approached me about opening a Crossfit gym – it would be great for us to have somewhere to workout (since HSPU and snatching were frowned upon at the school gym) and we could hopefully get enough clients to help us make the rent. Crossfit Pallas was born in October of 2012. At the time, I had no idea how much I would come to love coaching, and changing people’s lives. My favorite part of what I do is seeing the mental, more than the physical, changes in the athletes I coach. Giving others the tools to get mentally stronger, more confident, and outgoing through fitness has such a profound impact on their life outside of the gym; it’s an honor to be able to do that for people day in and day out. The competitive career that has birthed from this journey will always be my foremost passion – I was drafted to, and won a Grid League championship with, the DC Brawlers and am finished my 3rd trip to Regionals this year.

Long Term Goals: My goal, first and foremost, short and long term, is to make a trip to Carson as an individual. I’d love to see a Regionals team birth out of the competitor program at my box.

Short Term Goals: (as in everyday): I want to enjoy this incredible journey that is currently taking place, and to fully embrace the memories and friends I’m lucky enough to make out of it. We only get one of these, so I encourage everyone to remember to do the same. "Don't hold back, memories never die".

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