Jay is our December Athlete of the Month! He comes into the gym on a consistent basis, works hard, and has made some huge strides. Having people like Jay in the gym is what makes coming to class so motivating. We asked Jay a few questions, his answers are below. Keep up the good work Jay, you’re setting a great example for everyone!
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started in April 2016 after my friend Joe Blanchard, a Pennant CF member had suggested that I would enjoy the workouts and would fit in with all the great people there. I was working out on my own and I think I needed some discipline and better coaching. I had been a member of other gyms but Crossfit is very different which makes it so special.
What is your favorite movement?
I know you think it might be box jumps but I really enjoy the upper body workouts (Bench Press, Ring Rows, Hand Stand Push ups “work in progress”, Chin Ups). The one thing that I really enjoy is the work out of the day being different every day. I think over time my favorite movement will evolve.
What is your least favorite movement?
I’ll be honest and say burpees and wallballs. I will get better at these I swear. My squat mobility is my biggest challenge. My range of motion is not great and a constant battle, but small improvements are coming slowly.
Tell us a little about your life outside the gym (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc)
I am married to my wonderful wife, Victoria of 25 years, have 2 grown children, and a black lab and a 19 year old cat. I have lived in Southborough since 1995. I am a sales rep for a technology company and have been doing that for a long time. I have been an active person my whole life and have run countless 10K’s, half and full marathons, several sprint triathlons and completed the Ironman (by the way once was enough). I really enjoy technology gadgets but consider myself more curious how stuff works rather than a hard core nerd.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Before Crossfit I had belonged to a few local gyms and the YMCA. I had no idea what Crossfit was before joining. If I had known I would have joined a long time ago.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit and how have you achieved those goals?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined. I think my original goals were pretty simple (lose weight, improve strength and aerobic ability, etc). I can see now after just a short time that there is so much more than these basic gains. The mental side of Crossfit is something that I am just beginning to appreciate. So the short answer on goals is I have achieved many small goals, but I hope to keep working and improving on all the techniques and movements.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
In sales you are constantly asked to do more which can drive you crazy if you let it. My Crossfit experience is helping me to stay focused, be always learning and listen and watch. I think failure makes you stronger and at Crossfit there is always room for me to get better which translates directly into my work and home life. Pretty philosophical huh?
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or thinking about giving it a shot?
I would tell a new person (I am still new) that the support, coaching and training are what makes you get better and if your goals are as simple as the ones I initially started out with you will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is more. You will meet some really fun people, get in the best shape of your life, learn new ways to challenge your mind and body and in my case hopefully make age a state of mind rather than accepting the process. Time is on my side.