Member Spotlight: John

How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I started CrossFitting in 2011 in Afghanistan.  Back then, CF HQ would film these how-to videos for each day’s WOD.  So I would just watch the video and go try it out.  There were only a few of us, and a lot of movements we couldn’t do, either for lack of ability, space, or equipment.  But we had the concept right, and working out for time under a running clock definitely added the intensity.  I was hooked.
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
The Snatch.  It’s been such a frustratingly difficult lift for me.  But it’s really just amazing to see one executed well.  Otherwise I love anything resembling a squat: thrusters, wallballs, bring it on!
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
have too many hobbies.  I really like to ride my motorcycle and I’ve been the never-ending intern at a great local butcher shop — JM Stock.  Also, Netflix is a big part of my life.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
I like the programing.  I usually look at the WOD and see something I hate doing, so it’s forcing me to address weaknesses (aka burpees).  I also appreciate that the community of crossfitters is pretty strong.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
Virtuosity and intensity.  Take the time to learn how to do the movements well before you try to do them heavy, fast, or for high reps.  You should feel free to scale and modify WODs however you need to, with the goal of being able to perform with a high level of intensity.  Once you hear 3…2…1…it’s GO time.

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