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Jon1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? I started in July 2011. I was friends with Jim before he opened CrossFit Matters and he kept bugging me so much to try it out. So I started to get him to stop asking me to try it out. The rest is history.

2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? Jim used to play good stuff like Rage and the Deftones. But with the new playlists I’d say ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem usually gets me moving. (FYI…It is back in the line up!)

3 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? CrossFit is another family to me. I’ve made so many friends at CFM. It truly motivates me to see everyone working their asses off and I love it when people will hit a PR. It’s just a genuinely good group of people and I always look forward to CrossFit (except when Fran is on the agenda.)

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? My favorite WOD is Helen. It plays to my strengths of mainly cardio and some moderate weight. That’s a WOD I actually look forward to. My favorite movement is tied between deadlift and muscle-ups. My biggest challenge is my legs aren’t the strongest so any type of squat challenges me when the weight gets heavy. I’ve been working on building strength in my legs to help out.

5 :: What movement challenges you the most? F@cking thrusters. And the reason I say f@cking thrusters is because anytime thrusters are in a workout I always find myself saying “f@cking thrusters…” several times during the WOD.

6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Everyone knows I’m a beer and pizza guy. But gotta stay away somewhat to maintain progress and those #gainz

7 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions moving into summer 2015? I think most people know I’m running a marathon in all 50 states. I’ve set my marathon PR several times since starting CrossFit and have run more marathons since starting CFM than before. I’ve hit so many PRs…it’s crazy to think back when I started and how I couldn’t do a LOT of the movements, and when doing a workout at RX was few and far between.
Summer 2015 will see me run a couple more marathons and do another CrossFit comp. I’d also like to work on stringing muscle-ups together, get over 300 lbs for my deadlift, and PR Fran and Helen again.

8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? Just dive in. CrossFit isn’t something you do part-time. You’re either in or out. You can be nervous about it and wonder if it will be too hard and think you might not be able to do the work. But you’ll never know until you do it. I think a consistent theme with CrossFitters is this: when you jump in and see what you’re capable of, there’s no looking back.

9 :: What is something others may not know about you? I was in a motorcycle accident about 10 years ago and was nearly killed. It’s not an exaggeration…I was on 100% life support for 96 hours and in the hospital for about a month. It completely changed my perspective on life. It’s the main reason I push myself so hard at CFM and with my marathons. It’s the main reason I’m such a happy-go-lucky person. It’s the main reason I’m so grateful to be alive and experiencing so many things. You may be hard-pressed to find a person more grateful and more thankful to be alive than me.

10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? The Open this year. I did 4 out of 5 workouts at RX, found a rhythm with muscle-ups, did most of the workouts twice and bested my scores on the 2nd time. I had avoided the Open for years but doing it this year and seeing everyone kick so much ass, I get it now. Can’t wait for the Open next year!

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