When we first met John we knew immediately that he was strong just based on his build. He told us he had lifted some weights in the past, but had never done anything like CrossFit. What we didn’t know just by looking at him was his work ethic, his determination to get better and his willingness to put his head down and do the work. JohnBoy, as he’s affectionately known by many, may seem like a quiet guy, but typically the reason he’s not talking is because he’s working. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy that you won’t hear complain about the WOD, the movements, the weather or any of the other circumstances that affect his performance, he’s just going to focus on the task at hand and find the best way to accomplish it. Our entire coaching staff admires your focus and quiet tenacity, JohnBoy. Congratulation on being our September Member of the Month, you’ve earned it!
Here is a little Q&A about his experience so far at Cróga CrossFit:
Dave(D): When did you join Cróga?
John(J): I joined Cróga in July 2014.
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(J): To be honest, before Cróga I wasn’t doing anything for fitness. I don’ t recommend that route.
(D): What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
(J): I’ve seen a big improvement in my endurance. I haven’t been doing CrossFit long enough to have anything to compare to, but I feel like I’m getting through workouts that would have been previously impossible. I personally haven’t noticed much change in the way I look, but I’ve received several compliments from friends saying that I look like I’ve been working out.
(D): What’s your favorite WOD?
(J): My favorite WOD would probably have to be some variation of heavy back squats. Don’t get me wrong, the workout itself is difficult, but the feeling of accomplishment afterward is unrivaled. It’s particularly rewarding when I think about all the meatheads out there that have never done a squat in their lives and their puny legs struggle to support their disproportionately large upper body.
(D): What’s your least favorite WOD?
(J): My least favorite WOD would have to be the filthy 50. It was one of the first workouts I had to do and it kicked my butt. I was only able to get through seven exercises within the time cap and I was cursing the entire time.
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(J): I love the positive reinforcement and encouragement I get when I go to Cróga. I also like seeing the people I know and meeting new people at the gym. Finally, I love the satisfaction I feel after completing a workout.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(J): Honestly, I really need to work on my diet. I can’t say that I’ve discovered anything in the kitchen yet. However, I have discovered those paleo bars that Dave keeps in the fridge at the gym. I particularly enjoy the peanut butter one.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2014?
(J): As far as fitness goals for 2014, I want to get a 375# back squat and a 455# deadlift.
(D): What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga CrossFit?
(J): I would encourage new members to just keep coming back. It’s not necessarily going to get any easier, but you will certainly notice faster times and heavier weights.
(D): 10,000 box jumps or 10,000 squats?
(J): I would rather do 10,000 squats than 10,000 box jumps. Although 10,000 of anything other than dollars doesn’t sound particularly appealing.
(D): Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
(J): I want to thank Kristi and Steve for subjecting me to large doses of peer pressure to get back into shape. I also want to thank the coaches at Cróga for being awesome, inspiring and welcoming. I’ll end with a request for Dave, MORE POWERWOLF!
Thanks for choosing me as member of the month!