Jason is one of our 6 am and weekend regulars that we always look forward to having in class. He’s been a CrossFitter for years since he started with workouts in the police department, and it’s been an absolute pleasure being his coach since his first class. He always gives his best effort, is willing to take instruction and learn even with his years of experience, always has a joke to tell, and you can always count on him having a smile on his face even after a tough workout. We’re proud to call him one of our own and to reward him as our Member of The Month for April 2017.
Here’s a Q&A with Jason about his experience here at Cróga CrossFit:
When did you join Cróga?
Well, Stacey and Madi joined in May of 2013. So I would say that I started attending classes with Stacey and Madi in the summer of 2013. I think I officially joined Cróga as a member in the beginning of 2014.
What were you doing before for fitness?
I was fortunate to be a police officer in Fremont at the time Crossfit began to hit the mainstream. As a result, the Fremont Police Department built a CrossFit gym in the police department and I was sent to become a level 1 CrossFit trainer along with 10 other police officers. So I guess that is a long way of saying I have been doing CrossFit since around 2007 or 2008.
What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
My first CrossFit workout was ‘Fran’. And when it was over I thought I was going to throw up!
What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
I would say the biggest improvement I have seen doing CrossFit is that I have reduced injuries to my body despite working out and training on a consistent basis. When I was competing in running or swimming competitions prior to doing CrossFit, I would find that I would be injured once or twice a year from the training.
What days and times do you come to Cróga?
I try to make the Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6 am workouts during the week. And the morning workouts on Saturday and Sunday.
What’s your favorite WOD?
I think “Murph” is my favorite. I love to run and do pull ups. Plus there is no weightlifting, which is good for me because I am already pretty huge!
What’s your least favorite WOD?
Any workout that has double unders. Jumping rope is not my thing.
“The Jason” WOD! What would it be?
If I would was to program a workout it would probably be “four rounds of 400-meter run, 20 burpee box jumps, 10 thrusters and 5 handstand push ups”.
What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Drinking a beer… On the weekends that is. Apparently, it’s frowned upon to drink before showing up to work as a police officer.
What do you love about CrossFit?
I love that every time I show up to Cróga, Dave has programmed the workout so all I have to do is workout. And the fact that Stacey and Madi workout as much if not more than I do, I am forced to push myself during the workout so they don’t always beat me.
What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Drinking beer after the workout.
What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2017?
To master butterfly pull ups. And front squat more than Madi.
What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Commit to giving Cróga and CrossFit a try. It is a great gym, with great coaches and fun people to work out with every time you show up.