I’m always amazed at how potent the social aspect of Crossfit has been to my fitness journey. The more you go, the more you want to go.
November 2022 Athlete of the Month: Meet Jake Bossi
We have so much appreciation for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and commitment. Meet Jake Bossi! Jake has been the model of consistency and intensity ever since he moved to Atlanta 7 years ago. Jake is a loyal, and welcoming community builder that lifts up other athletes through his warm personality and dedication to fitness. Let’s celebrate Jake’s contribution to our community by giving him a fist bump the next time you’re at the gym!
Q: How long have you been going to Terminus? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since joining?
I have been a faithfully Terminus member for nearly seven years. Since joining, I have gained a six pack every spring and lost it every winter. Admittedly, this is due more to holiday cookie consumption than my gym routine.
Q: How has your journey at Terminus helped you outside the gym?
I moved to Atlanta January 2016 and knew one person (shoutout Dejon) who said I should check out this gym called Terminus. Seven years later, I have a wonderful network of friends; 90% of whom have a direct connection to Terminus.
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Mark Emery! That silver fox is fifteen years my elder and still looking sexy as hell. He still hasn’t told me if his secret is Crossfit or HGH, but I’m inspired either way.
Q: How would you describe what it’s like to be a part of Terminus?
The simple answer is PEEEF: Physically Exhausting Endeavors Enjoyed with Friends. Digging deeper, I would describe an inexorable feeling of accountability to your own fitness through shared experiences with members of the gym. I’m always amazed at how potent the social aspect of Crossfit has been to my fitness journey. The more you go, the more you want to go.
Q: Tell us about your first day of class at Terminus.
Granted, this was seven years ago, but I remember a few things clearly. Emily coached a great class, Graham yelled at me for dropping my bar (what a dick), and I wanted to buy a Terminus shirt but none were available. Also, people kept grabbing food from a fridge that made me very jealous; these turned out to be Everbest Paleo Meals, which I still eat today!
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I’m a fan of professional sumo wrestling and watch every match during the six annual Honbashos.
Q: What are your top 3 memories or proudest moments in CrossFit?
I’ve been doing CrossFit for over a decade so choosing three is tough. In no particular order:
– Second place in the Caffeine and Kilos team competition with Kayla, John, and Britney. Never has a team been so sad to qualify for the finals (we were dead tired), but it was worth it in the end!
– Steve Nichols and I beat 2015 Crossfit champion Ben Smith and his partner in a WOD. Emily Bridgers witnessed this feat. Sure, Ben Smith and unnamed partner may or may not have known they were competing against us (they didn’t), but the whiteboard doesn’t lie.
– Any one of the many post-gym hangouts, festivals, or parties.
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long-term goals in the gym?
My short-term goals are just to stay healthy with more focus on warmup and stretching. Long-term, I’m a new dad so I need to stay fit enough to keep up with my son! I’m also trying to hold off a lurking dadbod.