Teammate of the Month: Karl H

Karl Haraldsson is a man about town. But if you haven’t caught him biking around the city, you can catch him at Paramount. Just be sure to get up early. Of course, if you intend to sleep in, you can get to know Karl a little better here. He’s an interesting guy with a wide range of interests. Oh, and he might possibly be part Viking. 

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Lubbock, Texas.

What do you do for a living? And what does that mean you do on a typical day?
I work for a legal technology company called LexPredict. On a typical day, I’m either in a
bunch of client meetings or doing data science. Y’know, fun stuff. 

When do you typically work out?
I prefer to work out in the mornings.

What are some of your favorite things to do (beside working out obviously)?
I enjoy reading, mostly sci-fi and fantasy novels. I also like to smoke meats, Texas-style obviously. I enjoy eating at awesome restaurants and drinking boozy whiskey cocktails. In addition, I’m a fan of Divvying to get around town. I’m a supporter of the Cubs and FC Barcelona.  

What’s something about you that people at the gym might not know?
My father is from Iceland.

Why did you first start coming to Paramount?
I felt like I was becoming too sedentary, and regular gyms weren’t cutting it for me. I used to go to gyms on my own or with friends off and on for years, but I could rarely sustain a rhythm.

I wanted to instill in myself a sense of accountability, and that’s exactly what Paramount has done.
— Karl H

What can you do now in workouts that you couldn’t do before?
I feel like I can push myself to exhaustion on the rower, then push even harder in the
final 100 to 200 meters.

Favorite exercise / workout?
Rowing on the erg, hands down.

How do you feel about working out with your significant other?
I like it. It often catalyzes my competitive side. My significant other has always been in
much better shape than me, but I sure as hell am not going to drop my plank until she’s
done too.

Deserted Island Q&A—list a few things you’d want if you were stuck on one.

What movies / TV shows would you bring?
Game of Thrones, Westworld, LOST, Star Trek: The Next Generation (duh), 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Parks & Rec, Atlanta, The Great Escape, The Lion King

What books?
o Everything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
o I guess Franzen’s stuff—never read any of his books, but they’re waiting on the shelf.
o The Stormlight Archive (nerd alert)
o The Expanse series
o and various biographies

What food?
As much easily preserved food as I can carry.

What music?
Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Solange, Leon Bridges, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, and Fleet Foxes