Athlete Spotlight: Scott McGonigal


Athlete Spotlight: Scott McGonigal

104010:. What motivated you to come through our doors?

Scott: Great first question and hope you have enough room for this answer. Lol
There are several things that motivated me to walk through your doors.  I have been working out consistently for the past 25 years, and a member of several CF gyms all over the area depending on where I was living.  I have really enjoyed CF over the traditional type gyms.  Enjoyed all the community aspects of it and got in great shape and met amazing people.  That being said, I was looking for something different…Something with a community and a small class setting that focused on functional fitness and staying healthy while working out.  Previously I was so focused on going Rx on every workout and one rep maxes, I would get injured.  I knew after my last injury I needed something different.  I looked at other gyms, other CF boxes, even the country club.  But when I saw your website here is what I was really impressed with:

-The class times! So many to choose from.  My schedule with my work and family only allows me to workout at 9:30 or lunchtime.  

-The website, the workout descriptions, and the coaches.  I read something about coach Donny Diaz and his background with CF and why he came to 104010 and it really hit home. 
Google Reviews!  They were all amazing!  I mean, what other business has a rating of 5.0?  

-The focus and importance of the last ten minutes.  The mind and muscle decompression for me is as important as crushing the workouts.  Something I have never done yet so important.

-Most importantly training in a clean and safe environment.  The safety equipment and cleanliness at 104010 is paramount, especially during the pandemic. 

-After reading and researching what you have done, I was comfortable to come to a class.  

104010: What are 3 words to describe you?

Scott: Loyal, Motivated, Diligent

104010: What does Train American mean to you?

Scott: Working hard, helping others and finishing something you started to the best of your ability.  These things among others all make our community and country a better place.  Coming from a family of veterans, I was always taught to be respectful and thank others for their sacrifices.  From the new mural on the wall to the names on all the barbells, to me this is what Train American means.

104010: What is your occupation?

Scott: I work for a specialty pharmacy in contracts/sales.  I enjoy what I do and am really good at it and get to meet some amazing people. 

104010: If you could change careers, what would it be?

Scott: Professional golfer for sure.  Game show host distant second.  

104010: Who is your local community hero? 

Scott:Being newer to the community and not knowing that many people here, I would have to say someone that has been in the area a long time that I know which is my grandfather.  Served in the military/former marine, a purple heart award recipient, and just an unbelievable role model.  Although he recently passed, I take his life lessons and pass along to as many people as I can.  

104010: What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Scott: My Way

104010: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Scott: Fly a plane then do a HS walk.  

104010: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Scott: Pay off my parent’s house and pay for all my kids college tuition.

104010: As you know, we take pride in eating healthy at 104010, but also having one cheat meal per week.  What is your go to cheat meal?

Scott: I only get to choose one?  I love Lou’s pizza, but I have no willpower when it comes to sushi.  JMK Nippon in Rockford it the absolute best and Sunda is also a favorite. 

104010: Tell us something compelling (funny, embarrassing, serious) about you that nobody would know unless you told them?

Scott: I know way more about 80s and 90s music than anyone would ever care to know.  You play a song from that era, unless it’s country I more than likely will know it. The local DJ where I grew up would have me on the air weekly to try to stump me. I wish I could have been born with superior intelligence or amazing strength, but 80’s music it is.  ☺

104010: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Who wouldn’t want to learn how to fly?

Scott: One of my favorite shows was on a while back called Person of Interest where the characters would be able to see a little bit into the future.  Being able to predict the future would be pretty cool. 

104010: What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

Scott: Giving the eulogy at my grandfather’s funeral.  There were over 1000 people packed into the church.  I was so nervous but it was the best way to honor him.  I have never had so many people cry and hug me.  He would have been proud.

104010: What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Scott: Laundry without a doubt.  6 people in the house and it is a never ending battle…

104010: If you could have dinner with 3 people, anyone, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

Scott: My grandfather.  Just to talk to him and have him listen to his great grandkids again and see the smile on his face. 
Ronald Reagan. He’s from Illinois and I admired him as a young boy and such a great speaker.  He was one of those people that when he spoke, people just gravitated and listened. 
Frank Sinatra.  My family took me to see him when I was little and had never been to a concert before. Such an amazing performer and stage presence was second to none.  Although I love 80’s music, he is my favorite.  His voice can be heard coming from my 6 month old’s room in the middle of the night.    

104010: Ten years ago, who did you think you would be now?

Scott: I had a different job, travelling all the time, not eating right and stressed and unhappy.  I had no idea I would be where I am today, which is in a great place. 

104010: What would you want to tell yourself at age 13?

Scott: Don’t grow up too fast.  Stop and enjoy the things around you and moments.  Think about it…When you’re 13, you have no job, no bills, no real responsibilities.  Just fun.  I had a close group of friends back then and am still very close with them today.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to those days.

104010: How do you define success?

Scott: Whatever you decide to do, do it with passion and love what you do.  

104010: How has 104010 impacted your life outside of the gym?

Scott: This is a tough one since I am three weeks in and still learning about this great place and the people I have met.  I know a few things; I’m not hurting the next morning from the workouts, I am sleeping better, my Whoop strain has been exceeding my expectations, and I am hitting my goal of coming five times a week.  Most importantly, I feel good and am happy.  

104010: Is there Motto or an inspirational quote that you live by?

Scott: Luck is fine, and sometimes you have to have luck to have the opportunity.  After that, you have to have talent and know how to use it. 

104010: What is the best advice you have ever gotten from someone?

Scott: Learn to work hard and appreciate a good work ethic and a job well done.  Don’t take the easy way out.  The decisions you make today will have a lasting and profound impact in everything you do the rest of your life.  Words I live by every day.  

104010: What would you tell a potential member that was on the fence about giving 104010 a try?    

Scott: I can speak from experience when I say you must give it a try.  Free week, brand new equipment, state of the art safety equipment, and impeccable coaching. The people have been great.  I am somewhat reserved until I get to know someone.  I do much listening and observing while I am there.  I see everyone laughing and smiling and having a great time.  Definitely a “feel-good” community atmosphere. You know what I am not used to but I love?  The coaches walk around, motivate, help with form and keep me energized while I am there.  Awesome job to all coaches!  

Thank you!