Get to learn a bit more about Justin!
How long have you been crossfitting? I joined back in February of this year, so 7 months.
What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit? I’d say power cleans. I’m starting to get the hang of those more.
What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit MO2DT?The fear that I might injure myself again. Back in middle school, I had surgery on my shoulder, due to an injury I got wrestling, so I just didn’t want to risk facing something like that again. I hate sitting out. If I had known I could do all these movements without getting hurt though, I’d have started earlier!
How did you get referred to MO2DT? I was actually Googling CrossFit gyms and Max Oxygen was one that came up. It just sounded cool and I mean, I went from gym to gym before (Planet Fitness and Lifetime to name a few) and didn’t ever feel welcomed. When I was at those gyms, I also just did whatever and I didn’t actually know what I was doing. I did Private Foundations with Jess. She was always willing to work around my schedule.
What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? Being able to back squat over 300#. I did 305# the other day! I’ve never done that. I actually did that weight twice and tried to get a third rep...which I failed on that attempt. Leah saw that and made me rest for 6 min-ha, she gave me a 6 minute penalty and told me to try again.
What's your 9-5 (job)? So, I’m a server at Jethro’s Bacon Bacon, in West Des Moines. I consider it a full-time job, because I put in about 30-40 hours a week. I’m also a student at Iowa State. I’m studying marketing. I plan on graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in May of 2019.
Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? Not a whole lot-oh, I go running!..or I lay around watching T.V-ha. I’m not signed up for any running races coming up, but I’ve done around 10 half marathons.
What keeps you coming back each day? Friendly faces, knowing I can keep getting better each day I go, and being able to challenge myself. Last time we did wall walks, I could only do an angle, and this last week, I was able to get all the way up there about 5-10 times.
If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose? Something with burpee pull-ups, and I’m not great at pull ups, but I’m getting the hang of kipping! So those and then go into a run and kettlebell swings those would be the 3 things I would go with.
One thing your WOD friends don't know about you? I’m a runner. I like to run! Working out relieves stress even though you’re putting stress on your body. Also, ever since starting CrossFit, I admire Mat Fraser! I’ve been watching some of the documentaries he’s featured in. It’s amazing to see his progress and how far he has come since he started.
I wait tables and am trying to finish school. I do have a 2 year degree from DMACC in Business Administration. I want to work towards a real estate license, but that will be on hold for a bit.
I was a wrestler for 8 years. I grew up in a military family. I always have the mentality of competing, even if I know I won’t beat someone, I always try. There’s been days where I don’t want to show up, but I do, just to push myself. Coach Brett has said “If you see the workout and think it is going to be hard, you have to show up, even for those.” I have found this to hold true in order to be successful.
Okay, what’s your favorite meal?
Pizza and tacos. Tacos, preferably from any Mexican food truck or Fuzzy’s.
What or who has challenged you to be better?
I love how Jess coaches because she watches you and makes sure you are going at a high intensity. Zak Sheeder has helped me with form and he will tell me how to fix something quick, even if he is in class effortlessly throwing weight around. All the coaches help, though.
Coach Leah helped me get up on the wall and be able to climb up a rope. I never knew the technique for climbing a rope before starting here. The famous “J-Hook” is something I learned.
Jon Hicks also helped me out with back squats-he pushes me to try heavier weight at times.
Nick (Nielsen) and I partner up from time to time and push each other. Everyone is encouraging though! Everyone pushes each other to the end and that is another reason I come back-it’s like a family!