“I feel it has made me more well rounded athletically.”
We’re chatting with John Adelsperger today. A member since September, John has followed the lead of his daughters who joined in early spring and has made attending class a regular part of their weekly schedule. Read on to learn more about John!
Tell us a little about yourself. Career? Family life? Let’s get to know you!
“By day, I’m an oral surgeon. Outside of work I have a wife, Jayme, who is an orthodontist and two CrossFit kids, Carsen and Campbell, who go to the gym too. I love pushing my limits and seeing what I can accomplish athletically, I’m an endurance athlete and love to snow ski. I do a lot of 100k and 100 mile mountain bike events during the warmer months and will be doing the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon next summer. I also have my personal training and fitness nutrition certification.”
What made you consider joining a CrossFit gym?
“It was really multiple things conspiring together. My kids ended up coming to the gym because they were bored with track so we decided to give CrossFit a try. I decided if I was going to sit and wait on them I might as well jump in. I’m always looking for something new and needed to cross train for my endurance events and skiing and thought CrossFit might be a good addition.”
Why did you choose CrossFit 317?
“I knew about CrossFit 317 and brought my kids there because I knew Coach Jenna from work.
Please share some of your first impressions of the facility, the workouts, the coaching, and the class environment.
“Initially, I was impressed by the way my kids were welcomed by the members and instructors. They’d never been so excited to go work out. I’ve always enjoyed training but had a hard time finding a group of people who liked the intensity I’m used to. Finding CrossFit 317 was like finding my tribe.
The coaches are awesome. They obviously love what they do. I’ve been especially impressed with how they motivate my kids. All I heard about when they started were how awesome Coach Andrew and Coach Johnny were.”
What physical changes have you seen thus far?
“I’ve primarily noticed a big shift in my upper body and core strength. Being a biker, runner and skier, I’ve been a predominantly lower body athlete. I’ve also noticed a HUGE change in my mobility.”
How has your training at CrossFit 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“From a fitness standpoint, I’ve always trained hard so that hasn’t changed much. But I feel it has made me more well rounded athletically.
CrossFit 317 has also been an awesome experience with my girls. It’s so fun to see them find something they enjoy doing. They actually ask me to go and complain when we miss a few day. We talk about CrossFit all the time at home now. It’s something we can all do.”
What has surprised you the most about being part of the CrossFit 317 community?
I was surprised how close knit the gym is. Everyone is always encouraging. It’s so different from the big box gym experience. At CrossFit 317, you feel like everyone wants to be there as opposed to the big box gyms where you sometimes feel like everyone is showing up because someone told them it was good for them. You never get the community feel at the big gyms.
Did you have a moment where you knew CrossFit was for you?
“I knew it was going to be a fit when I found out how challenging it was and how much variety it brings. Every workout is different. Everyday I show up is another challenge to see what new PR I can hit or what movement I can improve on. I feel like I become a better athlete everytime I show up.”
What advice would you offer someone that’s considering CrossFit 317?
“Just show up and get started. Give it a try. You’ll love the people. And, you’ll never get bored.”
Besides coming to class, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any hobbies?
“As above, I love doing ultra endurance events, triathlon, and just finding new challenges. I’ll be doing the Leadville 100 mountain bike race for the fourth year in a row this August. I’m friends with Tony Horton (the P90X guy) and ski with him each year. I love watching my kids grow and become young adults.”
One last really important question. If you owned a boat, what would you name it?
“This was the hardest question . . . Dream or Grateful.”