Jason has shown up consistenly since last summer and worked his @$$ off. He never backs down from a challenge and has quietly been working on his skills, form, and getting stronger. He makes his presense known through his work ethic, making him and easy choice for Athlete of the Month!
1. How did you get started with CrossFit, and then with CFNH?
I originally started CrossFit when I was looking to find a new activity and to start being more active. I was not confident that I would challenge myself or stick to a routine if I was doing it on my own. CrossFit looked to be challenging and varying enough to keep me interested. I started at CrossFit Relentless in West Hartford and was so glad I did, my experience with CrossFit has gone on to changing much more than just my physical health.
I found CFNH when I was looking to move to New Haven, and I wanted to keep up with CrossFit as I was nearly 2 months in and it quickly became incredibly important to me. I was hesitant at first to start as the WODs looked more intimidating than what I was used to and was comfortable with the coaches I was currently with. But the drive became to much to do consistently and decided to do the On-Ramp at CFNH, it was the greatest experience. CFNH really developed my abilities, confidence, and passion for CrossFit.
2. Humble-brag time. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
My most recent accomplishments have been becoming more consistent and comfortable with tougher movements. Getting the footwork and other mechanics right on cleans, jerks, and snatches has been the biggest challenge. Even though I may not have a lot of weight for these movements, the fact that I can recognize and feel an immense improvement in these movements has made me feel the most pride.
Although, this recent Friday WOD was one where I had felt the strongest. I made a Deadlift PR of 245 lbs, and felt incredible with the time I had made on an RX workout. I definitely left sore and smiling afterwards.
3. You have come a long way since starting and worked incredibly hard on your movements. What has been the motivation/inspiration? What are some of your short-term and long-term goals for 2016?
The motivation has been to challenge my self and embrace being outside of my comfort zone. When I started CrossFit, near all these movements were entirely foreign to me and my physical activity had been mild running, snowboarding, and spinning in an office chair. Having an avenue to always challenge myself and grow has been incredible and I can not see myself ever not being interested as I feel I have barely scratched the surface.
Incredibly excited that I have registered for the upcoming CrossFit Opens, I can not even recall the last time I have entered myself in any competition.
My current goal is to consistently make 5 classes each week, I feel comfortable enough with my schedule to do this and have been comfortable with consistently doing 4 classes that I could swing it. In the long term I want to improve my upper body strength and endurance, currently I want to reach the point where I can RX Cindy. WODs with similar movements have been the most difficult for me and I tend to burn out quickly on them.
4. Do you follow any specific diet or regimen to fuel your Athlete of the Month-level CrossFit performance? What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?
I spend quite a bit of time on the weekends preparing meals for the week. I keep a vegan diet and it is important to eat a lot and often. I try to balance my meals and include many sources of proteins. I love to eat tofu and tempeh, most of my meals are built around those with lots of greens and legumes.
5. Design 2 WODs: 1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).
Bread and Butter WOD:
4 Rounds with 2 Min Rest between, score is total # of Cal's.
8 DLs @ 70% 1RM
8 Box Jumps 24/20
Max Cal Row remaining time
18 Min AMRAP of,
25/50 Double Unders/Singles
7/5 Cal AB
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
Outside of CFNH I spend a lot of time at a computer, have always had a passion for video games and technology. My life could not contrast any more with my routine at CFNH, and am so glad I made the decision to get involved as it has helped balance my time so much better. I do great on rest days though.. totally excuses a day to spend at a desk or playing video games.
My time in New Haven has been incredible so far, there is so much to experience and many people to meet.
7. What is one fun fact people may not know about you?
I lived in Australia and Singapore for a few years as a kid. I have a fond memory of going to Thailand and volunteering at a street performance involving an elephant. Turned out to be a massage from an elephant and my parents were absolutely mortified by me being under the foot of an elephant, I found it absolutely hysterical.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Enjoy the grind, at CFNH you only have to show up, listen, and have a good attitude about it. The coach's are awesome and take the burden of having to plan a routine. Embracing the challenging WODs and uncomfortable movements are the most incredible moments once they finally click.