Building better versions of ourselves...
CROSSFIT JANE SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH
Name: Julie Christian
Age: 35 years young
How long have you been a member at CFJ? Almost 4 months
How did you get started at CFJ? We needed a new box after moving to Charlotte in April. Brent and Jaime were very welcoming when we first came by to check it out. We originally planned to only be there for a month and give some other boxes a try, but as you can see, we’re still here!
Favorite CrossFit Movement: SQUATS!
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: I have several, but top of the list is push-ups...great way to crush my soul.
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Halo Top ice cream...it has protein! :)
Favorite Part of CFJ: The 6:30pm, of course! Because Trenton and I had just moved 9 hours from everything we’ve ever known, it was very important to find a community that is supportive and fun. CFJ is full of great people and I’m happy to be a part of it!
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: The biggest thing CF has done for me is provided a opportunity to meet new people and make some amazing friends, with common goals, along the way.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: The day I split jerked more than my body weight was pretty fun.
Something we don’t know about you: I used to smoke, started when I was 15.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: It’s not for everyone, and that’s OK! It’s as much about the community as it is the workout. And most importantly, don’t worry about anyone else and give it everything YOU’VE got, every day.
Name: Jeff Hoffmann
How long have you been a member at CFJ? About two and a half years
How did you get started at CFJ? I did crossfit for a few years with one of my roommates during college, then started running more when I met Mo. After a few years of running off and on, I decided to get back into CF. CFJ was an easy choice because it was close to home, my sister is a coach, the atmosphere is laid back, and the coaches seemed to care more about the athletes and proper movement than their business model, which was not the feeling I got from other boxes.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squat Snatch or C&J
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Sit ups
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Shepherd's Pie
Favorite Part of CFJ: The people. For the most part, everyone is there to better themselves and/or because they enjoy it. The “building better versions of ourselves” mission statement isn’t just a marketing tagline, it is an almost tangible energy that exists at the box.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life: The transition to fatherhood was not an easy one for me. The 6-3-0 provided some much needed comedic relief, as well as a place for me to escape to, during a rough period in my life.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: During 17.2. Brent is constantly telling me that sometimes to achieve a better score or time you need to slow down or break up sets early in a wod. For 17.2, I came up with what I felt was a very conservative game plan and stuck to it. It ended up being my best open wod by far.
Something we don’t know about you: I was planning to attend culinary school in NYC after graduating from UNCC in 2009 but I changed my plans after I met Mo just a few weeks before I was supposed to leave.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Despite what the coaches might tell you, there is no specific attire required. $80 shorts will not improve your performance. Paint stained shorts and old t-shirts are perfectly acceptable.
Name: Michelle Tripp
How long have you been a member at CFJ? 9 months
How did you get started at CFJ? I’ve been a long distance runner for years but I was getting tired of it. I was interested in CrossFit but I was intimidated. Susie Johnson told me about how awesome everyone at CFJ was so I decided to give it a try.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squat cleans
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Over head squats are terrible!
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: I am a huge fan of taco bowls. I make mine with roasted sweet potatoes, grass fed ground beef, and guacamole.
Favorite Part of CFJ: There are so many strong women at CFJ it’s inspiring! I tell myself that if I keep coming and working hard I will be like all the other strong ladies one day.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: It has made me more conscious of my nutrition and recovery. I finally realized that the better I take care of myself, the better I feel at work, home, and at the gym.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: We had a super tough weight lifting wednesday where we did a series of 9 squat cleans, and 3 push presses in one set for six rounds. During the last 2 sets I wasn’t sure if I could even pick up the barbell again but I made myself do it and focus on my form more. They got easier the more I focused on doing the movements better.
Something we don’t know about you: I have a degree in Studio Art and Graphic Design. I love to paint and draw.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Go to a class and try it! Start off slow and don’t give up! CrossFit is about being the best version of yourself. It took me months to learn how to box jump. When I first started it seemed so scary and out of my reach but I worked at it slowly and finally got the hang of it. That’s was CrossFIt is about. Working hard and getting better every day.
Name: Carson Smith.
Age: Michael Jordan.
How long have you been a member at CFJ? 7 months.
How did you get started at CFJ? My mom has been talking me into Crossfit ever since she started back in the garage. I guess I could only say no so many times.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Thrusters. I like pain.
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Clean movements from the ground. If only arms could solve all problems.
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Grilled tuna doused in Viva Chicken green sauce that I may or may not have a chronic addiction to with a side of lemon-zested asparagus and a little bit of brown rice. If I’ve been a good boy, finish it off with a couple nibbles of dark chocolate.
Favorite Part of CFJ: Everyone is so open and nice to talk to. I feel like I’m with my second family (and first family with how many Smith’s we have now!) whenever I step into the box. I love listening to everyone’s awesome stories while also motivating everyone to give our 110% that day.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: I am full of energy. Just a year ago, I would be exhausted from school/work and just lounge on the couch for the rest of the day to play some videos games. Now, I’m always looking for something to do - be it improvising workouts in my garage gym, heading to the Whitewater Center, or having game nights with friends. I’m also eating a lot healthier.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: During Murph, I was struggling hard on the pull-up rounds because I was doing strict pull-ups. Brent and Jaime pushed for me to try kipping pull-ups, and after a few fun struggle kicks from me, I was able to sequence 3 pull-ups in a row. Ever since, I have stringed 10!
Something we don’t know about you: Y’all already know my usual surprise facts!! I once scored a soccer goal by getting kicked in the nuts. One of my proudest achievements to this day.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: CrossFit is a life changer. I was going through a pretty stressful time after graduating from college...so many things change in an instant and the world just goes “Welcome to the big show, young fella!” Once I started CrossFit, I had responsibility, structure, and constant support from my fellow athletes. I have regained my confidence and trademark smile, along with the prime ability to rock the bro tank top when needed. I am honored to share the box with all of you guys.
Name: Laura Eubanks
How long have you been a member at CFJ? It'll be a year in July!
How did you get started at CFJ? I wanted to work on my fitness and this crazy bird lady wouldn't stop talking it up so I thought I'd give it a try!
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Deadlifts
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: That's an easy one - burpees!
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Meatloaf recipe from SarahFragoso.com (thanks Jaime!)
Favorite Part of CFJ: The people! It's been so rewarding to be surrounded by such a friendly group that encourages each other to work hard to improve ourselves both mentally and physically.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: The knowledge and support I've received have led me to make significant changes in my nutrition. I feel much better than I did a year ago and am excited to continue working to improve my health.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: The first time I did a double under. I wouldn't have believed it happened if someone hadn't been watching!
Something we don’t know about you: I work as a sustainability coordinator at an architecture firm.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: It's been the best decision I've made in a long time. If I can do it, anyone can! :)
Name: Tracy Edmondson
How long have you been a member at CFJ? Exactly 2 years!
How did you get started at CFJ? I was sitting at Starbucks talking to Leslie Duffy about how Charlie wanted to get back in shape, and she suggested CrossFit Jane. Then in walked Ace Houpt...it was meant to be!
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Hmm, probably toes-2-bar or pull ups, but I love double unders and wall balls too (sorry, Lynn!).
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch!
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: I love to eat, so this is tough, but paleo Asian flank steak with roasted string bean fries and salad is on heavy rotation these days.
Favorite Part of CFJ: The people! Everyone is so supportive of each other.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: I love what CrossFit has given to my relationship with Charlie. Not only do we have A LOT to talk about, but we have a new respect for how hard we each work to be healthy. I also love how CrossFit has helped me approach difficult tasks by breaking them down into more manageable pieces.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: I never thought I'd be able to do double unders. It was a sticking point between Charlie and me. The more he tried to encourage me, the more frustrated I became. Luckily Brent came in and saved my marriage by giving me a few pointers that led me to my first du’s.
Something we don’t know about you: I was a tv news producer for The Wall Street Journal and NBC.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Strong is the new skinny! (I read that on a cosmetic bag, but it's true.) CrossFit is so much fun. It never gets boring and constantly challenges you.
Name: Stephen Robert Phillips The First
Age: 29 and 83 months
How long have you been a member at CFJ? Since 5/1/2016 (338 days as of 4/4/2017. For the latest updates regarding my membership duration, please call 980-207-2560).
How did you get started at CFJ? I was peer pressured by Kelly Winfree and her fellow animal-loving, poop-scooping, anal-gland-expressing comrades.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Bowel (or snatches? It’s a toss-up. Both are intense)
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Max-effort-assault-bike-thrusters
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: An apple with a side of rice cakes (dipped in pizza and French fries).
Favorite Part of CFJ: The people/community/camaraderie/coziness and the complete lack of HVAC…au naturel
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: Fit of Cross definitely puts a spotlight on any bad and/or worse habits one may have ‘outside’ the box. I still eat like a rabid, obese 7-year-old most of the time. But, I take fish oil now – so that’s good.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: Everyday – I keep showing up. I may be late once or twice, but I’ve never skipped because I didn’t ‘feel’ like it. I think that says a lot for someone as flighty and lazy as me.
Something we don’t know about you: I eat Kit Kats just like the Kardashians…it's embarrassing.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Cancel your health insurance and sell your car. Use the car money as a down payment for a partial membership. Your fitness-level should cancel out any need for “doctors.” You’ll be glad you did!
This little experiment away from the ‘conventional’ gym membership has been one of the best decisions I’ve made within the last 339 days (and beyond). It’s an honor and a blessing to be a part of this fitness family. I would aggressively encourage anyone else to do the same - as I know he or she would be welcomed and celebrated with an unmatched enthusiasm (as long as he or she was always on time and remembered to ‘sign up’ every Sunday).
Name: Shane Hunter
How long have you been a member at CFJ? 2 years
How did you get started at CFJ? Gene Jarka talked me into it. I was working out with F3 and not enjoying the 5:00 wakeup call.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: The new and improved 24” SOFTBOX jump, Sponsored by Vulcan and the #24 Dupont Chevrolet of Chase Elliot.
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead Squats
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Grilled blackened salmon, baked potato and broccoli... (dry but healthy)
Favorite Part of CFJ: The satisfaction of pushing my body beyond its comfort level, and surviving. The awesome camaraderie and friendships I have gained.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: My wife continues to marvel at how her shy, insecure husband has blossomed! Since joining CFJ, I have really come out of my shell, gained a little personality, and my self esteem has skyrocketed. Kudos everyone!
A time you surprised yourself in the box: Knocking out a BLISTERING 10 double unders unbroken. Matching Jeff rep for rep through ½ round of wall balls.
Something we don’t know about you: While attending ASU, I ‘borrowed’ a large amount of golf course paraphernalia from the Green Park Inn, a swanky golf course in Blowing Rock, NC; to decorate my apartment. Unfortunately the police who came to serve a noise ordinance for my keg party, did not share my taste in home decor. Spent 1 night in jail and given 1 felony and 4 misdemeanors. Luckily, being in a college town, I got to serve 100 hours of community service to wipe the slate clean.
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: You will never know until you try. You will enjoy the support system and feel much better about yourself, physically and mentally.
Name: Steve Grubner
How long have you been a member at CFJ? 2 years and 1 month
How did you get started at CFJ? I saw a bearded guy driving into Whole Foods with a CFJ placard on his car. I was looking for a new affiliate after moving to Charlotte from Chicago and looked CFJ up that day.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Bar taps….. Or maybe deadlifts.
Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead squats.
Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Chicken limone’ and sauteed spinach.
Favorite Part of CFJ: Like most CF people, I really enjoy the other athletes. Everyone has their own story and journey. I really like that the community of CrossFit is so supportive of each other.
One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: It has certainly made getting older a lot less daunting of a task! Having better overall health from working out regularly has made my quality of life so much better than before.
A time you surprised yourself in the box: When after 6 years of trying I finally did a legit double-under!
Something we don’t know about you: I owned and raced thoroughbred horses for many years in the 1990’s and had some great winners!
Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Don’t be afraid of the “stigma” surrounding CrossFit. It truly is something for any age group and as long as you’re willing to live within your own boundaries you’ll get a lot out of it.
More important than what the scale read, the man in that picture had all but given up on leading a healthy/active life. The expression on my face says it all. I was always a very active athlete but never gave much thought to nutrition. By my mid 30’s that lack of dietary awareness had resulted in an increasingly sedentary, unhealthy, unhappy existence. Faced with the real prospect of being a ”spectator” as opposed to a “participant” in my sons’ lives, changes were in order.
I completed my 1st Whole30 in Oct ’12 and never looked back. With my diet in order, a renewed outlook on life and a desire for complete fitness, my wife introduced me to Crossfit via NNB in Feb. ‘13. My baseline took ~ 10min. (foggy after the row, anchored SU's, purple band w/ Brent lifting me - finished and threw up then took a 3 hour nap). Today I’m 40 lbs. lighter, eat a strict paleo diet and enjoy the encouragement & coaching of the Smiths’ and the entire CFJ community. My last baseline was RX’d @ 4:49 and I felt fully recovered within 15 min. But more meaningful than any number, I am now proud to be an “active participant” in my boys’ lives. “Our children follow our example more than our advice”. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a positive influence by example.
My Crossfit Jane experience began in February of 2013 when I was very skeptical to try this new kind of lifestyle change. I am an osteoporosis patient and was afraid to do such an intensive training program for fear of breaking something! So the journey began with 30 extra pounds, inflammation due to arthritis, fairly good eating habits...(so I thought...I was a vegetarian for almost 15 years), quality of sleep was poor, and to top it all off I was diagnosed with digestive problems! Fast forward to July of this year...I am 30 pounds lighter, I ran my first 5K in April of 2013, dropped four dress sizes, I am now sleeping through the night, and stress melts away after a WOD! The best news is this...I am no longer taking meds that ran our insurance upwards of $1500.00 per month for osteoporosis treatment AND my recent bone density scan revealed I am reversing my osteoporosis diagnosis with weight bearing movements through crossfit! I am also improving my digestive health with fresh and healthy foods through the Paleo way of eating! My privilege of being a part of this great community of friends who are encouraging and supportive motivate me every time I step through the doors of Crossfit Jane! I continue to be amazed by this journey I am on...it is a strong impact on my life!
DAVID & ANN
David and I began our Crossfit/Paleo journey 2 yrs ago the month before I turned 64 yrs old. He would be 57 that fall. We are the 'senior contingent' of this box, so far. We had been whittling away at our nutrition and were not eating gluten, dairy or red meat by that time. We had been doing yoga a couple times a week for 6 years and were fairly flexible but no other real excercise.
Since starting Crossfit we have both enjoyed better sleep, more energy and I went down THREE (3) sizes and David down 1 size. I no longer have to sew the buttons back on his waist bands.
The Paleo side of this lifestyle was the final missing piece to complement the dietary changes we already had made. It is difficult to explain how much younger and more energetic we both feel and look according to others. The suggestion is to do the 80/20 rule but we basically do 95/5 percent paleo.
All this has been fantastic and worth every moment spent but it isn't the best part! The best part is that we get to do this with our family and watch and help each other grow as people and athletes. Both our daughter and son and their spouses and 4 grandchildren all enjoy the life gifts this has offered us. We all eat paleo and do Crossfit together. I cannot imagine who we would be now if we had started this lifestyle at our grandchildrens' ages! Our daughter got us started and has encouraged so many to join. The Crossfit Jane box we belong to is real family and extended family. Everyone helps and looks after one another. Our niece/cousin is now starting next week, too. She has seen how we have all benefited and wants that for herself.
There is no way to evaluate all that this Crossfit/Paleo journey has brought us and will to continue to bring us all. We feel so blessed to have this opportunity and try to give back as much as we have received.
August 9 will be my 2 year CrossFit anniversary. That is 1 year, 11 months and 2 weeks longer than I ever anticipated doing this crazy thing, but sticking with it is/was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It all started when we were on vacation. My sister-in-law, Ellen, took my daughter, Abigail, to the gym to do something called a "WOD". Abigail came back hooked! When we got back home she was relentless and wouldn't leave me alone until I called that guy who had been texting WODs to Ellen and told him Abigail was interested. Since she was only 15, he required me to come also. I said I would do it for 2 weeks, until Abby got comfortable, then she would come with Ellen. Somehow that guy (Brent) convinced me to give it just six weeks. He "guaranteed" I would see vast improvements in every aspect of my life. He was right!
Before I started Crossfit, I had daily headaches. I'd go to bed with one, and get up with one. Eventually, nothing was helping so I went for an MRI, which didn't show anything to be wrong. The doctors recommended stronger allergy meds. I also had daily stomach issues, which were getting progressively worse. Once again, the doctors didn't really have any good recommendations; only more tests and more meds. I started listening to Brent and Jaime talk about how important nutrition is and how "you can't outwork your diet". About a month after starting CrossFit, I was ready to do my first Whole 30. The rest is history!
Crossfit has completely changed my life! Not only have my health issues been resolved, I am in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally! I feel better and move better at age 49 than I did at 39, possibly even 29! I have more confidence in myself and have even come to like my strong, "CrossFit thighs" that allow me to dead lift 245 pounds and back squat 190 pounds! However, one of the best outcomes of this adventure has been having the privilege of working out with my family on a regular basis. Not only do I workout with my teenage daughter (sometimes two teenage daughters), but also with my husband, sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Of course I can't end without recognizing the awesome people in the box! Our coaches, Brent, Jaime, and Rebecca, are always there with encouraging feedback and I can't imagine a better group of people to work out with each day!
I’m in my mid-forties and I’m in the best shape I have ever been in my life! I eat better, feel better, and can do things I never imagined doing.
After participating in school athletics through high school and college, CrossFit has rekindled my competitive spirit, and improved my fitness level beyond what I thought was my peak. New challenges provide a fresh workout experience everyday, and leave a strong sense of accomplishment.
BRADY & SHANNON
Through Brent and Jaime's praise and patience, countless pounds lifted and reps beyond imagination our bodies have morphed beyond expectation. Within a year, Brady has lost nearly 40 pounds and 6 inches off his waist. Shannon has gotten longer, leaner and stronger. The mental, emotional benefits, while tangible, far outweigh the physical advancement. The community within CrossFit Jane provides a healthy balance of encouragement and competitiveness.
Athletics and competition have been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. Similar to anything in life, there have been various stages of my own fitness and the time commitment put forth. For the past 17 years, like many parents, I have morphed from athlete into chauffeur and cheerleader for my college age boys. Last summer (2013), I decided to be the "athlete" again and focus on MY OWN health, strength and fitness. With the patient coaching of Brent and Jaime, coupled with the encouragement and support of my fellow "box mates,” Crossfit Jane definitely has become one of the best decisions I've made. There is such a satisfying and confident feeling after pushing through a Crossfit Jane WOD.
Now, not only am I still the mom who drives and cheers, but I am also the mom who my 10 year old daughter wants to do a WOD with at home after school. She also wants to come along and cheer for me at Crossfit Jane as I do thrusters and burpees! The true beauty of this experience is that my daughter thinks having a "crossfit mom" (dare I say) is cool!
I was one of those people that had to be pushed and cajoled into doing CrossFit. I felt I was already in good shape and didn’t think I needed to take it to another level. How wrong I was! After one month of CrossFit I was hooked. I didn’t realize how boring my old workout routine was until I started CrossFit. The workouts are diverse and challenging every day. I think a great part of my positive experience with CrossFit has to do with the coaches and the athletes at CrossFit Jane. Brent and Jaime spend a great deal of time helping each athlete perform the various movements correctly and at their highest level. All the athletes at CrossFit Jane are all incredibly supportive, and like Brent and Jaime, they are a lot of fun to be around. I can’t wait to see what the next WOD will be!