Jed has been putting in the work at DBC since 2016 and we are honored to feature him on our blog this month!
1. How long have you been working out at DBC?
I started in August 2016. I wasn't sure that I would make it one week, but now it's already been over two years.
2. What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I began training with weights in middle school athletics, so I thought that I already knew how to work out and didn't need a class. I couldn't have been more wrong. My wife, Jill, had success doing Les Mills GRIT workout class, so I decided to try CF (just to be more involved in weight training). Walking into DBC for the first time is still one of the most intimidating experiences of my life.
3. What do you remember about your first workout at DBC?It was intimidating to walk into the building. I wasn't sure if everyone would be a 'jock' and not have time to deal with an out-of-shape bald guy like me. I remember clearly, though, being greeted by multiple members who could obviously tell that I was new. Everyone was encouraging and welcoming. Even though members are competitive by nature (why else would they be doing CF), the coaches and members were great to make me feel like I could do CF. Plus, with coaches also working out in classes, it felt like there were multiple personal trainers available at all times to ensure that the workouts were performed correctly - something you'll never get working out at a gym.Besides being terrified to walk through the door, I remember doing Wall Balls for the first time. Wall Balls felt very different from any workout I had ever done in athletics, and I knew the combination of cardio and strength movements would lead to results. I was eager to see what the next day would bring. In my over two years, it feels like we've never done the same workout twice (obviously except benchmark wods).
4. What do you do outside of CrossFit? (Work, hobbies, etc)
I am a consumer protection lawyer with the non-profit law firm Mountain State Justice. Between work and our two kids in elementary school, Jill and I are lucky to fit in as many workouts as we do. Hobbies are something I hope to have again someday.
5. What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
Squat clean and jerks are such a powerful movement, combining explosiveness with brute strength. It feels like the culmination of all the other workouts we do - squats, front squats, push presses, bench presses, overhead squats, power cleans, wall balls, thrusters, handstand pushups - it's hard to think of a single movement that we do that isn't part of the squat clean and jerk.
6. What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?
Every achievement leads to another one. My favorite milestones have been hitting a chest-to-bar pull up, climbing a rope, doing handstand pushups - and most recently, performing a bar muscle up. (But maybe the greatest achievement is showing up regularly enough to hit these milestones)
7. What is one fitness related goal you have for the future?
Now I need to start tracking my macros and eating right. I've had success when I have followed my macros for short spurts. I have used exercise as far as it will take me - the next step in my fitness is to get control of the diet. Fortunately, DBC provides an awesome support group to keep focused on nutrition.
8. What/Who motivates or inspires you?
Every member working hard provides inspiration to push harder. Overall, my main inspiration is to stay fit so I can enjoy my family and have a better quality of life. My wife Jill ensures we keep exercise a priority for our whole family. Shooting hoops with Jonah, swimming with Abigail, sitting at my desk - everything feels better since I've started at DBC.
9. What advice do you have for someone just starting CrossFit?
Show up no matter what - even if the workout looks impossible. Trust the process April and Chris have set up. The coaches make sure that you won't hurt yourself and will keep you moving. You'll never regret showing up.
Posted on 10/14/2018
by April Gamallo