Jeff took a break from saving babies and kittens to answer a few questions for the Athlete Spotlight! Here’s what he had to say:
Name: Jeff L.
Birthday: January 24th
What did you know about CrossFit before coming here?: I knew a little bit about it. A few years ago I was involved for a few months at another gym. It was pretty “clicky” and I never felt welcome. I quickly became frustrated and walked away.
Why did you try CrossFit Thornton?: We had a new fire academy starting and I knew that I had to do something in order to physically keep up with a bunch of highly motivated twenty- something fire recruits. I knew that CrossFit worked and I started looking for a gym. I knew as soon as I met Jeff and Lawrence that CrossFit Thornton was different from my previous experience with a CrossFit gym. I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
How do you like our program?: It is fantastic! Within a couple of months, I was not only keeping up with the fire recruits half my age, I was consistently staying ahead of them.
What is the best part of being at CF Thornton?: The atmosphere. Everyone here encourages each other. There is a level of support and camaraderie that I didn’t think existed outside of a firehouse.
Has your life changed since being here?: I was pretty active before I started here. I am not doing anything I wasn’t doing before; I am just doing it better!
If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be?: I have a love/hate relationship with several movements. I hate to see Burpees on the board before the workout, but I love them after the WOD is over!
If you could only do one movement for exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose?: I really hate to say this right after the previous answer, but it would be Burpees.
What are your goals for the next 3 months?: We do an annual fitness evaluation at work and I would like to score in the 99th percentile. It is scaled for age and at my age, I just pretty much need to show up and I will do well.
Shout-outs?: The crew that took my CrossFit competition virginity-Jillian, Jason, and Angela. Thanks guys! Keep working hard!