We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Jon yet (or even if you have), make sure to give him a hello and high five next time you see him at the gym!
Here is a little about Jon’s journey through CrossFit so far:
I first heard of CrossFit in 2009 when a friend of mine who is ex-Army was telling me how great it was. Foolishly, I balked at the price tag, which I think was around $75 a month then! In 2013, I tried CrossFit at a gym in Macon, Georgia towards the end of law school after tiring of normal gym workouts. Except for bench. Who doesn’t love benching!? The first workout was three rounds for time: 20 pull-ups (banded), 800 meter run, and a 50-foot bear crawl. The only thing I can remember was how crazy it felt running with my arms and neck pumped full of blood after the pull-ups. I’m sure I looked ridiculous. As so many folks say, I was hooked after that first workout!
Q: Where are you originally from?
Q: What class do you attend?
I had been working out at 6:30 a.m. before joining Terminus. When I started here, I was in the 7:00 a.m. class. However, after taking on a lot more at work, I betrayed those lovely, hard-working, and damned likable 7:00 a.m.-ers and joined the 6:00 a.m. class.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
Favorite: “little guy” workouts with body weight movements.
Least favorite: snatches and OHS. My shoulder mobility is on par with that of the Queen of England, or worse, so anything overhead is a disaster for me! Maybe by the time I’m her age, I will have improved.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
I have a bit of an obsession with bourbon and rye whiskeys and will geek out drinking and talking about that. I also love soccer and religiously watch Manchester United, Atlanta United, and England national team games.
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
For working out, it’s hard to beat Young Jeezy’s Thug Motivation: 101. But since the thug life did not choose me, sometimes I’m successful when Ben’s coaching in convincing him to play some hair band rock (Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold, anyone?)
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Before I got into the legal field, I worked in restaurants–every position from bus boy up to a lowly Chef’s assistant. I can make a mean risotto bianco!
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
One of my favorite things about the city is the amount of great restaurants here, in all price ranges and types of cuisine. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Marcel is the standard bearer for steak.
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
When I thought about this, nothing immediately came to mind. The culture at Terminus of being positive and supportive makes it a really enjoyable place, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in a bad mood there! That’s probably my favorite thing about the gym. If I have to pick something along the lines of a favorite achievement, this year I PR’d my Murph time by around 12 minutes.
Q: How has CrossFit affected your life (inside/outside of the gym)?
It’s certainly made me a lot fitter overall, and from a day to day aspect, it helps me cope with a fast-paced, often high-stress job. I’m a firm believer in the sound body/sound mind mantra, and Terminus WODs help me crank out a lot more work and just attack the day head-on.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Consistency is vital. Countless times I haven’t felt like going to the gym, yet after every workout, I’m extremely glad I did. Just showing up is a big part in progressing and “enjoying the struggle.” The best part is looking back after a significant amount of time and effort and realizing you could whoop your old self!
Thank you, Jon, for being such a consistent presence in our community. Your outgoing nature helps the people around you to open up and gives them the opportunity to truly discover what a CrossFit community is all about! You’re the strongest little guy we know and we are grateful for the hard-working attitude you bring to the gym every day.