A Story: Workouts, Fast Food & Zero-Calorie Beverages

This is part 6 of a longer note I received from Bryan R. about the Dave’s “humorously paradoxical lifestyle” as Bryan so nicely put it. For related posts see: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.

“When I visited Dave in TX, most work-out sessions never came to light. “I haven’t gone to the gym in two days, I have to go today.”  Yet, somehow, the car would veer off at the nearest What-A-Burger…and eventually home.  Though if you consider that a forearm workout, by all means!

We used to laugh at how broke we might have been some weeks, yet that never stopped us from heading out on the town and ending it with a whole assortment of McDonald’s drive-thru items, which ran us to our very last penny.

Dave liked to drink vodka-soda’s.  He called it water.  “Zero calories.”

Bryan R., NYPD


A Story: BA-BOW! [strikes pose]

This is part 3 of a longer note I received from Bryan R. about the Dave’s “humorously paradoxical lifestyle” as Bryan so nicely put it. I decided to make it into a few posts that will be posted in the coming days. For related posts see: Part 1; Part 2.

“As we all know, Dave was a workout-buff.  Most workouts ended with cardio-activity (staying fit and keeping his stamina up was important), and a protein shake.  We would head into work right after a gym session, and he’d rather quickly head off to eat a hearty meal (and not always the healthiest).  He’d explain,”Dude, I have to add more inches to my arms.  You don’t get this big by doing nothing BA-BOW!” followed by his trademark bicep pose.  Good luck to seeing him run three blocks, however…

His first apartment in Texas was situated roughly 20 footsteps away from a Sam’s Club.  I would understand him having to drive over in order to fill his trunk with packages: they sell in abundance.  Yet, I scratched my head when he forced me into his car and take a drive in order to purchase “American Sniper” on DVD.

~ Bryan R., NYPD

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BA-BOW! Being silly on my 30th and Dave’s 27th Bday

A Story: A Hot Mess

“I met Dave a couple of years ago at Crunch Union Square, right when he was finishing up the police academy. He came in to train and I was assigned to be his trainer. We hit it off the minute we met. He was one of the funniest and sweetest people I’ve ever known. Our training sessions were always a ton of fun; our conversations were always full of jokes and laughs. I used to nag him about his flexibility and tell him he needed to roll/stretch more frequently or do some yoga. He would respond to his by saying “guys don’t stretch or do yoga…if you make me do that I’m never going to get a girl.” He would follow that with “I’m too big to do yoga or foam roll! I’ll look ridiculous!”

Finally one day I managed to persuade him in to doing Bikram yoga to help his situation. The day of the class he showed up with Jared [now brother-in-law] for moral support! It was a 90-minute class. He tried his best, but it was as he predicted it would be, a hot mess: way too long for such an inflexible person to hold poses and stretch. It was, honestly, hysterical to watch! He hated every minute of it! After the class, he complained of what he called “areas that were stretched that should never be stretched.” Then he said: “See! I told you this wasn’t a good idea!”

This is just one of the many Dave moments I will cherish and remember.

To his family I say:
You raised an incredible human being that touched many lives and will never be forgotten. He will live on in our hearts and memories forever!

Dave, I’ll see you on the other side!

Paola L., former Personal Trainer & Friend


Dave always did better with weights than yoga.