Name: Jeff Boring
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
It’s been just under 4 glorious years. Man, it has gone by fast!
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
So many to choose from. Who doesn’t like a good deep squat, am I right? But I am going to go with any handstand work and candlestick hangs. I like the added challenge of being upside down and the candlestick hang helps strengthen you for so many other movements. It’s a must in my book.
What is your least favorite exercise or workout?
Any of the named workouts are usually never very fun. But I think the most diabolical are simply the burpee/thruster combos. Ugh and ouch! They seem to beat me up pretty badly. Just seems excessive!
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?
My primary goal was to simply shock my body into doing something new and different. I was growing tired of the standard box gyms. I just wanted to see what other workouts were out there and see if I was any good at them. If I got in better shape during the process, so be it. Not only did I achieve the goal of variety, but I also improved in every aspect of my fitness game. From cardio and strength to simple knowledge and understanding of basic movements.
Describe your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment?
My biggest milestone is yet to come. Once I get a muscle-up then I will truly feel validated. Until then, the biggest achievement is just witnessing my growth in strength and knowledge. Keeping my journal since day 1 has kept an outline of where I have come from. You can easily see the before and after. Every time I write a new PR, it just amazes me to see where I started.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Absolutely. The forms and techniques we learn in the gym transfer over to the many things we do on a daily basis. The way we move, lift, run, jump, and work are all influenced by the workouts we do. I notice myself doing each of those things a bit differently than before. More strategic. More precise. CrossFit has also boosted my confidence and given me more willingness to keep pushing myself that much farther and harder.
What advice would you give people just starting CF?
Do not do CrossFit for any other reason than for yourself. It is a grind day in and day out. It will push you to great lengths and you will often make you reach your breaking point. But if you stick with it, you will be greatly rewarded. Be patient. Be competitive to only yourself, because in the end you are your biggest competition. Be smart. Work hard. Ask questions and learn from those around you. Oh, and always stretch out. You’ll be glad you did!
Anything else you want to add?
A quick shout out to the coaches for all there help and assistance with me and my progress over the years. It has been a great journey, which is far from over. They all have helped me in their own ways and I don’t think they get the credit that they deserve sometimes. I tell people I did not buy just a “gym membership,” but that I invested into a lifestyle change that has highly intelligent well-structured coaches and all the tools to make me a better me. And as an added bonus, a group of like-minded individuals who serve as a support system to always help pick you up when you’re down and to also to keep you in check just in case you get too big for your britches!
A Note From The Coaches: Jeff started with us back in November of 2012! He has be consistent in the gym since then and has made a ton of progress! He is constantly working to improve himself in every way possible! He is a complete joy to have in class and a staple to the 4:30pm class! Keep up the good work Jeff!