DARIEN, Conn. -- A former baseball star at Eastern Connecticut State University, Drew Accomando has been competing his whole life. Once his collegiate career ended, Accomando wanted to find a way to continue fulfilling his competitive desire.
Shortly after graduating in 2009, he discovered the world of CrossFit. In 2015, he became a member of CrossFit Milford’s Reebok CrossFit Games Team and finished among the top 75 athletes in the Northeast region.
“In my mind, CrossFit encompasses the fittest men and women on earth,” said Accomando. “It’s a competitive environment that challenges your strength, power, endurance and speed.”
Using his degree in health and physical education, Accomando came to Darien YMCA in 2012 as a personal trainer, hoping to help others lead healthy lifestyles. This initially included working with special needs children, whom he took a keen interest in training.
“The Y offered me the ability to teach special needs programming, which led into a gymnastics program, sports program and a karate program,” said Accomando. “Working with special needs individuals became a natural niche for me when I was starting here.”
Now in his third year as a personal trainer at the Y, Accomando can relate to athletes of all shapes and sizes thanks to his professional and personal experiences. Competing in the CrossFit Games has also changed his perspective on what it means to push physical limitations.
“CrossFit helps me as a trainer because of all the different types of athletes I work with,” said Accomando. “I can relate to them in their competitive atmospheres and know what preparation is like on and off the field.”
Darien YMCA offers courses such as CrossFit training, cardio classes, a traditional weight center and much more.
“The Y has everything in one place,” said Accomando. “It allows me to work with everyday people, athletes, overweight and the elderly population. Not every gym can focus on so many different areas of health and fitness.”
Find out more about the Darien YMCA by visiting their website.