Dave Hamel. I, honestly, don’t think there is a single human being on the Planet Earth who is not just sitting around waiting for the next time they get to spend time with this guy.
When you are at CFNE and you see him roll into the parking lot with a full sized tree in the back of his Hamel Bros. Landscaping pick-up truck, you just sit there anxiously waiting the 15-20 minutes you know it’s going to take him to walk the 30 meters in his muddy boots, poison ivy infested jeans, and Hamel Bros. t-shirt because he’s fielding 3 back-to-back estimates on his cell phone before he finally enters the building.
But, when he trucks in like he just dug a 6 foot deep hole with his bare hands and contrasting chubby cheeked Hamel smile, you know your morning of training just got 600% better.
I don’t know what it is about the guy, but he is, honest to God, maybe the most liked person at CFNE. Like, if we were all in high school together, he’d definitely get the “Person You’d Most Want To Get Stranded On A Desert Island With” superlative.
He can relate with anyone: 20 year old guys that hang out at the gym all day bro-ing out, 40 year old stay-at-home Mom’s that love hearing stories about his 4 kids under the age of 8, fellow Natick veterans and other guys that work the landscaping scene, anyone wanting to hear his insane stories about his 11 siblings, and all of us CFNE folk that just cannot believe how he squeezes all of that in and still manages to be one of the fittest guys in the world at 40 years old.
When this guy is recapping a workout or anxiously waiting to hear how you broke up your reps, you know you’re gonna’ get the world famous “wow” from him that is guaranteed to leave 4 or 5 people on the floor in tears. It’s classic.
Dave qualified 8th in the world for the Masters competition at the Games this year and I can say that in my almost 10 years of being in the CrossFit scene, I’ve never seen more people committed to voluntarily supporting an athlete to reaching his goals.
I was lucky enough to compete with him on the CFNE Team last year, and this guy was our glue. He kept us grounded, he made the entire thing fun, and he worked his ass off so much that none of us had an excuse to slack. If Hamel could run a business, be an incredible Dad and husband for his family, and still go at it 100%, it made it easy for us to get fired up to train together every day and compete on that floor to represent our CFNE community.
I wish all of you readers that have never met him, live on the other side of the world, and are sitting there thinking, “Yeah, I know a guy like him,” could understand there really just isn’t anyone like him in the whole world.
Dave Hamel is one of a kind. I have no recollection of how he ended up with us, but I will forever be grateful to have him in our community.