Andrew Wagenheim, or “Andy”, has been a member at 717 for nearly a year.  Andy has been known to push through the toughest WODs…he has one of the best “pain” faces you will ever see.  Andy can be seen in the morning, at night, in Sweatshop or Crossfit, on the weekends…he gets in whenever he can to workout.  Make sure you introduce yourself to Andy if you haven’t met him yet!

1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up just outside of Harrisburg in Lawnton, PA

2. What is your athletic background?
I played baseball and ice hockey in high school. Then, I played baseball at Messiah College. I also played club ice hockey.

3. How did you get started with CrossFit?
I am a Certified Athletic Trainer and an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant. I have focused my post-academic life treating and caring for injured athletes as well as individuals needing orthopedic treatment or surgery. I decided it was time for me to focus on me and my physical training.

4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?
8 months

5. What is your favorite type of CrossFit workout (ex: AMRAP, EMOM, Chipper, etc.)?
John’s 40 minute AMRAP.
I love the Prowlers……my secrete dream is to push a bobsled in the Olympics.

6. What exercises/WODs do you dislike?
John’s 40 minute AMRAP. Yes, I love and hate this WOD at the same time.

7. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Finally being able to do T2B

8. What is your biggest goal in life?
Work as a Certified Athletic Trainer for an NFL team.

9. Where did you go to high school/college?
Central Dauphin East High School
Messiah College
Gannon University

10. What is your current occupation?
Physician Assistant for Pinnacle Health Spine Institute and Sports Medicine

11. Who is your favorite CrossFit Athlete?
I don’t have one yet.

12.  What is your favorite movie and why?
I grew up watching Star Wars. I really thought I could train to be a Jedi.

13.  What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?
The feeling of laying on the floor after a WOD knowing that I completely exhausted myself.

14.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
Know-it-all people. People with a closed mind.

15. What is one thing you have never done that we would be surprised about?
I actually never drank a beer until my 21st birthday.

16. Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
Bottom of the Grand Canyon

17. What would you say is your worst personality trait and why?
I tend to be too nice. Meaning, I have a hard time putting other people’s needs before mine. Then it becomes problematic and affects my own life.

18. Did you or do you have a nickname? What’s the story behind it?
WAGS. It just makes my last name easier to pronounce.

19. What is your favorite genre of music to workout to? What are your top 3 workout songs?
Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis. Although I don’t like the Chicago Blackhawks, they do have this pretty up-beat goal song.

Dancing Queen by ABBA. That’s right….Dancing Queen. I got this one from John Smoltz, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer. This was his entrance song from the bull-pen to the pitcher’s mound. Smoltz said, “If you’re man enough to enter the game to Dancing Queen, you’re man enough to save games for the Atlanta Braves.”

I also like movie theme songs: Super Man, Imperial March from Star Wars, Knight Rider.

20. Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
I have to be honest here. I would have to say it would be ex-girlfriends, ex-wife, my mother, and my best friend. They each have carved me in their own way to make me the better person I am today.

21. What do you feel is the most important invention in the past 100 years and why?
The Smart Phone. It has changed the way people communicate (or don’t communicate). I believe the only worst way to communicate then a text message is a smoke signal.

22. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?
Sports Medicine
Certified Athletic Trainer for the Central Penn Piranha (minor league football)
Coaching my daughter’s 8U softball team
Traveling anywhere in the United States. I love touring state capitol buildings.