Athlete of the Month

Congrats Jeff on being our March Athlete of the Month

1. How did you get started with CrossFit:

Growing up, athletics and fitness were an integral part of my life. As I have progressed through the phases of my life, I have tried many strategies to stay fit: Body For Life, P90X, Insanity, and my own hybrid. However, with each thing I tried, I got bored, lost my motivation, and became disinterested. Fast forward…last year, I recalled conversations with my father about this guy he knew, Greg Glassman, and his program called CrossFit. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to join this cult but began doing my research. I chose CrossFit 317 after a great deal of consideration and set up a visit, just to see how it felt. I decided to sign up for 6 kick-off sessions, what did I have to lose? If I didn’t like it, I could always walk away and try something else. Ashley took me through the first 5 and then I was handed off to Kirk for #6. I was hooked and CrossFit has transformed my lifestyle. I look at the WOD each night, strategize, and am excited to get to the box with my #Team0530 each morning.

2. Favorite Wod and or Movement:

Since joining CrossFit 317, I have not done the same WOD twice. That being said, every WOD is a favorite in it’s own unique way. However, I’d be remiss if I did not give a special shout out to 15.1 since it is the main reason for my title as Mr. March, 2016.

3. Least favorite Wod or Movement:

I have a strong dislike for OHS and Snatch. It’s a mobility thing from too many years doing non-functional movements in the gym.

4. Long term and short term goal:

My long-term goal is to be the best me I can be and to keep getting better everyday. Short-term? I want to master all of those frustrating skill movements like DU’s, Muscle-ups, and pistols. I am also working really hard to control my breathing and stay under my red line.

5. What would you tell someone that is on the fence about Crossfit and not sure whether to try it out or not?

The advice I give to anyone who asks is: Give it a try. What do you have to lose? We all have that “thing” that motivates us to move, to improve, to be more well. Like me, enroll in the Kick-Off classes and see if CrossFit is right for you!! You’ll be surprised, I guarantee it.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

In life; that I ever convinced Tammy to be my wife and she has hung in there with me for over 15 years. In CrossFit; ascending to the elite status of CF 317 Athlete of the Month is at the top.

7. Tell us something about you that nobody knows, preferably an embarrassing story:

My closet is full of plenty of embarrassing stories that will remain there to protect the innocent. What many people don’t know about me is that I am a 4th generation Standardbred horse trainer and driver. Our stable holds a world’s record that will never be broken. Also, like Mr. September, I can fly a plane, just not legally any more.

8. If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why?

#Team0530 of course!!! My CF 317 partners are the best and make every morning a great experience. However, when I am out of town at another box, I would love to workout with any of the elite CrossFit athletes. Of course people like Froning, Fraser, Panchik, Khalipa, Ohlsen, and Smith come immediately to my mind. Also, Briggs, Thorisdottir, Sigmundsdottir, Davidsdottir, Leblanc-Bazinet, Ence, and Fisher too. But, if I could only choose one, Lucas Parker intrigues me.

9. If you could have dinner with three people, any lifetime, who would it be and why?

I would first choose Jesus Christ, no explanation required. Secondly, I’d love to have dinner with my grandfather whom I lost when I was 16. There are way too many things he had yet to teach me before God called him back home. Thirdly, I absolutely love having a dinner date night every Wednesday with my wife, Tammy.

10. What do you love most about CrossFit 317:

The community, hands down. The people and the culture at 317 are what make it a great box.

11. What is your favorite quote and or/ that you live by?

I have many quotes and mottos that are situational and posted all over my office. However, the one that guides me daily is: Always behave like a duck – keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath. Author: Jacob Braude

 Jeff (aka: Mr. March)

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