Hometown: Boston, MA, but have lived in Naples for 24 years.
When did you first start training at CF Naples?: Intro was Jan. 20th
Favorite WOD: “Fight Gone Bad”
Least Favorite WOD: Strength – Press 1RM with a Conditioning component – 12 mins. Of work-5 pull-ups, 5 Handstand Pushups 5 Burpees every minute on the minute…..I can’t stand these three movements.
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played sports all my life. Growing up my parents always had me in every sport available. Soccer, Basketball, football… but my true love was baseball. I never really took to the other sports and baseball was my passion. I played in high school and in college at Florida Tech. So sports and working out have always been associated with me, but crossfit is a whole other beast.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? Myself and Katie got introduced to Crossfit through Jen. (a member at CFN), she said all great things and after throwing the idea of trying it around for a couple of weeks we decided to do an Intro. Needless to say, it kicked my butt, so bad I almost didn’t want to do it. After recovering from the Intro we joined that next Tuesday. The WOD was a partner workout, 5 mins. of double unders, 4 mins. of sit-ups, 3 mins. of Burpees, 2 mins. of deadlifts & 1 mins. of Burpees. Since then it’s been an amazing experience at Crossfit. The coaches, members and workouts have all been truly amazing.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I myself haven’t seen much of a change in my body (gaining mass has never been my strong suits), but my BF % has gone down, all my weights for my lifts have gone up and people that haven’t seen me in a while have told me that “whatever I’m doing is working.”, so all of that has to mean that something is going right.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I was the guy that would get a gym membership and never use it. So joining crossfit was a chance to show myself that I can work out regularly and see where it takes me. It’s been amazing to do all these types of lifts and work outs & keep making positive progress.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF Naples moments: Really cliché, but everything about Crossfit is great. Our members are awesome; always wanting people to do their best and helping them get there. We really are a community, a pretty kick-ass one at that. The coaches never let us stray from the path and always push us to be better and for that I thank you as I’m sure everyone else does too.
Any advice for people just getting started? Take the time to learn the movements at first. There will be plenty of time to add weight and get stronger. These moves are very complicated for someone just starting out. We have all been there and you will be a better athlete and in turn get stronger and faster.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I enjoy fishing, the beach, but mostly hanging with my wife, Katie, our dog Leila, family & friends. As long as I have them, I’ll be alright.
-Jay making it look easy!
Strength: Deadlift-10 minutes to work up to a heavy 3rep
15 minutes of work-
50 Deadlifts 185/115
50 Box Jumps
150 Double Unders
-Break up as needed