Spotlight Athlete

Congrats Jack on being our next Athlete in the Spotlight


When did you start doing CrossFit?
I was first introduced to the main site in 2005, but didn’t actually go to a CF gym until 2013, while I was in Kandahr, AFG. I immediately saw the value in coaching and working out with a group, so I joined Bay Dog in Dec13/Jan14, when I returned from AFG.

What is your favorite WOD/Type of WOD?
Helen or anything with double-unders and running because they’re about the only the two things in Crossfit I can naturally do well.

What is your least favorite WOD/Type of WOD?
Manion. I’ve done this workout twice, scaled both times and was painfully sore for 6-days. I’ll probably pass on it the next time. Also, anything that requires the bar to be over my head or includes handstand pushups.

Tell us a little bit about yourself/yourselves (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
I’m married to fellow Bay Dog member Katie. We have two boys, Jamison and Connor, who are occasional Bay Dog squatters. They’re both great athletes and enjoy Crossfit. I’ve served in military Special Operations for almost 14-years. I enjoy playing lacrosse and soccer, watching my boys play lacrosse, traveling with my family, and dropping in to other CF boxes.

What type of exercise or activities (if any) were you doing before CrossFit?
I played lacrosse and soccer and still play lacrosse. I’ve done a host of exercise activities in my military career, generally functional stuff. I’m inherently lazy, so I’d make myself commit to a team or sign up for triathlons and running races to motivate me to exercise.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
Convince my wife to join! I don’t really have or set fitness goals. I don’t usually game workouts. I go as hard as I can on that given day. I’m not so sure they’re goals, but I do Crossfit for several reasons. I want to play lacrosse with my kids. Not catch, but friendly, competitive games. I’ve done this with Connor, but have a few years left before I can play with Jamison. I don’t want to get hurt/injured helping a friend move or during military training. I like to eat and drink what I want and generally can as long as I workout hard. I don’t like buying bigger clothes (buying smaller, as evident by many of my t-shirts, doesn’t bother me).

Have you achieved any of those goals?
Yes, Katie is a member! I can still play lacrosse. I haven’t helped anyone move lately, but I think I’d be ok and I haven’t been injured in any military training. I eat reasonably well, but don’t measure and definitely binge on sweets. And, my clothes all fit, or have gotten a little bigger, mostly in the waste.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym (Community, Friends, etc)?
Definitely. I’ve met a bunch of great people doing Crossfit. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from coaches, other members, and getting my Level I certificate. I feel much healthier, stronger, more mobile, and generally happier since starting Crossfit. I’ve convinced numerous people to give it a try, many of which have kept with it. In my opinion, it is the best fitness investment of 1-hour per day a person can make.

Something you might not know about me/us is…
I’ve jumped out of planes over 200 times and recently experienced my first cutaway, where my main parachute didn’t work, so I had to disconnect it in the air and use my reserve.

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