Steve Lunn is a relatively new face at 717, but he brings a smile in the door every day.  Right now he is getting into the groove with Sweatshop, but has aspirations to get his hands on a barbell.  Steve has a sunny disposition and embodies the welcoming and encouraging athletes that we boast.  Our athletes make 717 what it is, we are thrilled Steve has made 717 his home!

1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up as an Army Brat and traveled the world but spent most of my life in Junction City, Kansas

2. What is your athletic background?
I played football and ran Track in high school, and was a member of the Emporia State University Track and Field team as a Pole Vaulter. I have been snowboarding and skydiving for the last seven or so years though now.

3.  How did you get started with CrossFit?
I was looking for a way to drop some weight and increase my cardio and endurance coming back from a string of injuries, CrossFit was recommended to me by a close friend so I decided I would give it a try.

4.  How long have you been at CrossFit 717?
I’ve been here for about 6 weeks or so

5.  What is your favorite type of CrossFit workout (ex: AMRAP, EMOM, Chipper, etc.)?
I don’t really have a favorite, they all bring something different to the table. It’s all about pushing yourself each round and doing your best. If I had to pick one it would be the Partner WODs, it’s always nice to have someone right there with you each step of the way to help motivate each other.

6. What exercises/WODs do you dislike?
I really dislike the Burpees, but who doesn’t

7. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Don’t really have one yet

8. What is your biggest goal in life?
It sounds cheesy but I want simple things in life, my biggest goal is simply to be a good Dad someday.

9. Where did you go to high school/college?
I went to Chapman High School and Emporia State University in Kansas

10. What is your current occupation?
I have been a Parachute Rigger in the Army for about 12 Years now. Parachute Riggers are responsible for the packing, maintenance, and storage of aerial delivery equipment used by Paratroopers and Airborne units. We also rig vehicles and equipment to be dropped from aircraft in resupply and humanitarian operations.

11.  Who is your favorite CrossFit Athlete?
I don’t know any

12. What is your favorite movie and why?
I don’t really have a favorite movie. I have seen hundreds, many good and many bad genres.

13.  What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?
I like the atmosphere, it’s a fun place to go to get a great workout

14.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve changes from time to time but currently it is people who don’t know how to accelerate to merge into traffic properly or how to properly drive in a roundabout, more or less those who are absent minded while driving.

15. What is one thing you have never done that we would be surprised about?
Don’t know, I’ve done quite a bit, but I will say I never graduated college, never been married or had kids.

16. Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
South Africa was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I had the opportunity to see many different things and try all sorts of different foods. The culture and people that I met were more than welcoming and have really left an impression on me that I will never forget.

17. What would you say is your worst personality trait and why?
Procrastination, I’m all for going and getting things done, but why now, can’t it wait for tomorrow?

18.  Did you or do you have a nickname? What’s the story behind it?
Not really, my friends have always just called me Steve

19.  What is your favorite genre of music to workout to?  What are your top 3 workout songs?
I really like 90s grunge and alternative but for working out I just put Pandora on my Slipknot station and go to work.

20.  Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
My father was in the military and sadly I lost him when I was 17 so he was never there to see me graduate high school or when I enlisted into the military. I had a tough time not having him around for most of my life, but I don’t think of it as a bad thing, in fact it has given me every bit of drive to do my best to succeed in everything done. He told me when I was younger that money isn’t everything, that it is the experience of life that makes it worth living. I have tried to live up to that ever since he passed, and have given my all to everything I’ve tried to do. I wish he was here today to see everything I’ve done.

21. What do you feel is the most important invention in the past 100 years and why?
I would say the Internet. The way it has evolved and changed our world is amazing. The immediate access to the whole of the worlds knowledge is an incredible advancement to society and our future.

22.  What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?
I just got a golden retriever puppy named Sonny, so most of my time outside of work and the gym is spent with him, however I like being outside, hiking and being around nature is very relaxing. I also really enjoy skydiving. I have just under 300 jumps and my highest jump was in South Africa at over 18,000 feet.