“I have found I am more confident, have greater discipline, and more productive.”
This week we speak with Jeff Butts just days before he reaches his one year anniversary at CrossFit 317. Fresh off the podium with a third place standing at yesterday’s Clash At Castlewood competition, Jeff shares a look back at his first days at CrossFit 317 and where his training has taken him over the past year.
What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“It took me a long time to give CrossFit a try. I thought it was a fad and seemed so different than what I had grown up with. After many months of working out by myself and struggling to get motivated, I decided to commit to 6 kick-off classes the day before my 45th birthday. With each of the kick-off classes, I got more and more excited to join the “real” classes and join 317. And, on August 17, 2015 I became a member of #Team0530, the 5:30 a.m. class. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“Being part of #Team0530, I have definitely shifted my schedule. I am now up every morning at 4:30 a.m. and can’t wait to get to 317. By 6:30 a.m. each day, I have challenged my mind and body and have a great sense of accomplishment. That feeling continues with me throughout the day and I have such a great attitude as a result. I have found I am more confident, have greater discipline, and more productive. Not to mention that the functional fitness I have gained permits me to do any physical task I choose without any problem.”
How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“When I started, I knew I wanted to look better, be stronger, and feel healthy. For the first several months, the WOD’s were working my muscles in ways that I had never worked them. I was sore…in a great way. As time went on, I was amazed at how my body was transforming, and in just an hour a day. It was incredible. As I approach my one year anniversary, those gains continue. I recently competed in a competition with another 317 member and we finished 3rd. It was a great way to measure my progress and keep me motivated to continue improving.”
Do you have a 317 memory that you would like to share?
“There are so many great memories that I have. However, being selected as the March Athlete of the Month was very special. We had a lot of fun with that one.”
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“The community atmosphere that exists and the impact it has on my long-term functional fitness.”
If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“I love spending time with my family, hiking, flying airplanes, being engaged in my community, and working in the yard.”
Are you ready to experience all the benefits of belonging to a fitness community? Visit our Getting Started page to launch your own CrossFit 317 fitness journey at our Brownsburg location.