I would like to have a great quality of life as I age and my first impression is that CrossFit will be a key to developing and maintaining power, endurance and flexibility.”

This week we get to know CrossFit 317 member, Jon VanSant. Jon began his CrossFit training in May and has become a regular part of the noon group. Read on to learn how his experience at CrossFit 317 has changed his perception of fitness.

What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“Coming from a traditional weight lifting mindset, the equipment (bands, balls, ropes, rowers, bikes, etc.…), stretching and Olympic lifts were unusual. After all, real men walk into the gym, bench press as much as they can, do some curls, get a pump, eat some protein and repeat the next day. CrossFit workouts designed to promote functional fitness have made me revisit my goals. I would like to have a great quality of life as I age and my first impression is that CrossFit will be a key to developing and maintaining power, endurance and flexibility.”

How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“I find that it is consuming a bit more time than just classes at the gym. If find myself watching YouTube videos to get an idea of the exercises for the next day’s WOD.”

How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“I believe I have found what I need at CrossFit 317 for my current and future fitness needs. What I learned from reading about successful natural body builders and serious athletes is that your nutritional intake is somewhere near 80% (20% exercise) of the requirement for gains and goal achievement. I would love to be able to take my shirt off and expose a six pack rather than 46 years of accumulation. I’ve come to believe that without meal planning, abs and many of the goals I have will elude me. I hope to add meal planning to my program soon.”

Is there a particular class time that you enjoy?
“I mostly attend the class at noon as it fits my schedule, but the one Saturday class (Hero WOD) that I attended was the most enjoyable. Awesome workout and a lot of people giving 100% in the name of a fallen hero.”

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“Learning new exercises, especially the ones that I cannot currently perform like handstand push-ups, muscle-ups and pistols.”

If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?
“Functional Fitness Facility.”

What advice would you offer to someone that’s new to CrossFit?
“Scale the weight, go for proper form before RX. Listen to the coaches and ask questions.”

Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“I am a passionate collector of early Indiana historic artifacts. I have been collecting since I was in my teens.  The bulk of my collection centers around five counties surrounding my home town of Cayuga, Indiana. Most items date from the 1830’s – 1920’s. I have a particular interest in the Horse Thief Detective Associations of Indiana and have assembled hundreds of artifacts from across the state. Another special interest is in owning the earliest usage of the word “Hoosier”, presently believed to be 1827. I currently have an 1838 stampless cover (letter) with the use of Hoosier, but looking every day.”

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