“I want to set myself up to be active for the rest of my life.”


Not only is James Cohee our pick for Member Monday this week, he’s also our February Athlete Of The Month. James is approaching his second year anniversary at CrossFit 317 and today he shares his thoughts on training, family life, and building a healthy lifestyle.

How did you get started with CrossFit?
“I started CrossFit a few years ago at another affiliate after reading an article in a men’s health magazine entitled “CrossFit or P90X- Which is for You?” I don’t remember what exactly in the article swayed me to CrossFit, but I’m definitely happy with my choice.

After moving to the Westside, I joined CrossFit 317 in March 2015 and have loved it ever since. “

Favorite movement or workout?
“I like workouts that combine a weightlifting movement, a gymnastic movement, and a ‘cardio’ (for lack of a better term) movement. To me, being able to do all three types of movement well is what athleticism is all about.”

Least favorite movement or workout?
“Thrusters.  Not much else to say about that one!”

Long term and short term goals:
“My short term goal is to sign up for the Open and just do the best I can.  My wife and I are welcoming a daughter at the end of February.  I’m very excited, but I know the responsibilities of an infant will limit my gym time (and my sleep)! So, I’ll just get in when I can and do my best.

In the long term, in addition to my goals posted on the wall, I want to continue building strength and put more emphasis on mobility.  I think good movement is key to longevity in training, and I want to set myself up to be active for the rest of my life.”

What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and is scared to try?
“Bet on yourself and give it a try because you’ll be surprised at what you can do.”

What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
“In life, it’s being a husband to my wife and a father to my son (and soon, my daughter).

In the gym, I’m pretty proud of my 460 pound deadlift.”

Who are 3 people you look up to and why?
“Both my parents – for the dedication they each had to caring for their mothers who both suffered strokes.

In the CrossFit universe, probably Rich Froning.  Even after his priorities changed and he switched to team competition, he just keeps winning.”

What do you love most about CrossFit 317?
“It’s a lot of fun! CrossFit workouts, while difficult, are so much more fun to me than more traditional workout programs.  Plus the atmosphere at CrossFit 317 is fantastic and motivates me to work harder than I would on my own.”

What is a quote or motto that you live by?
“With respect to training, it’s a quote from John Welborn that goes something like this-

‘Training is like moving a pile of dirt- some days you get a shovel, and other days you get a spoon, but as long as you get to move a little dirt every day, you are moving toward your goal.’”

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