It's noon and my class at Brethren CrossFit in Morgan Hill, is just getting started. Lee Pappas, the instructor, is at the sound system scrolling through music options and breaking into dance moves whenever he finds his jam.
I know when he's about to get hyped-up because we have a similar taste in music, he gets that look on his face and he starts to bust a move.
He turns the music down, flashes his million dollar smiles and starts to explain the workout we are about to get into. On top of being aggresively enthusiastic, Lee is also freaking shredded. He's a physical specimen and his stomach is like a washboard. I still can't believe he's 45-years-old and he had to tell me several times for me believe it. On top of being painfully goodlooking, I've seen him squat so much weight the bar looks like it is going to snap in half.
If you didn't know Lee and you were to see him pull up on one of his badass bikes, or in his blacked-out, lifted beast of a truck, with his bulging biceps you might be a bit intimidated. But you really shouldn't be. Lee has a big heart. Since the very first day I met him he's always been looking out for my best interest. The people who workout at his gym get treated like family. Whenever someone new joins, he makes sure they get introductions all around.
I don't just consider him my trainer, I consider Lee my homie.
How Long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding on the street since 1999-ish.Currently I'm riding a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide CVO. I got this one in January 2018. I love the battleship grey color, the sound system and its performance is pretty amazing.
How did you get into riding?
My Dad rode a Harley and I thought it was super cool so I had always known when I got bigger I would ride too.
1999 Ducati Chromo 900.
What bike are you riding now?
2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide CVO and a 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide.
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in 2006. I’ve had the gym for 12 years and have been teaching crossfit for a little over 12 years.
Does your good health have a noticeable effect on your riding?
Yeah I’d definitely say being at least strong and coordinated or having balance and accuracy coming from a fitness background if you’re trying to turn a heavy bike around especially on gravel or some uneven surface if you aren’t strong or flexible you could pull a muscle or worse.
Do you stretch before you ride?
I like to do a little bit of mobilization, some type of hype stuff, move around a bit and continue to do it at the stoplight or when you’re going just making sure you’re not getting tight or tense.
What are 3 things you recommend all people do for their health?
Laugh, sleep at least 8 hours and you don't have to workout... But be active. Do things you enjoy doing that make you move.
Where are you from?
I was born in Illinois. I grew up in Georgia and I moved to California in 1998.
Do you listen to music while riding?
Only at the stop light because I’m hardcore. Going fast or going through turns I don’t like any music. At the stop light I’m usually listening to Hip Hop. I like some Migos, some Drake and for sure Post Malone.
If you could ride anywhere in the world with no restrictions right now where are you cruising? What bike are you taking?
California bitch!! I’d probably be on my Street Glide and my passenger would be my hot wife.