Congrats Jeff on being our next Athlete Spotlight
Hometown: Garland, Texas
Occupation: Environmental Health Specialist
Marital Status: Married (to Stephanie)
Children (Ages): Bailey (17), Brooks (13)
When did you first start CrossFitting?
2008 (occasionally doing some WOD’s at the Recreation Center and at home)
When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?
Favorite Benchmark WOD:
Cindy, Annie, Nicole
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:
Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I played football from 4th through 12th grade. After college I gained weight and then began working out regularly to try to keep from being too overweight, but was never real serious about it.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I like to bike, skate, paddle, fish, hunt, and play volleyball and disc golf. I teach Sunday school at my church in Forney.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I came to CFG with the first city of Garland class. I remember doing a series of tests on balance and flexibility and I was so bad at them that I thought I was going to be asked not to come to class! I remember doing the CFG baseline workout and being gassed at the end and thinking I was going to catch on fire I was so hot…
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)
I have lost about 10 pounds, but more than that of fat, I’m super healthy, almost never sick. I’m nearly always a little sore (in a good, making gains way). And I look better naked than I ever did before.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I’ve gained a physical confidence that has led me to climb and jump on and over things that once landed me on the ground hard with a broken wrist. (And I worked out through the healing process with the cast and all, thanks to Robert and his willingness to scale workouts for me.)
Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.
Once after reaching extreme fatigue doing one legged squats, Robert saw me struggling on a 100m run and changed the WOD from 3 rounds to 2 rounds; and doing ring pullups with a cast on my wrist.
Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?
Meet and know your coaches and the tribe members you work out with, they’re like a second family! Stick with it. Be consistent, patient and give it time. It will make a big difference.