May 2013 Athlete Spotlight!
For the month of May, we chose a face that many of you probably already recognize. His name is Jody, and he has been showing some serious dedication that we can’t help but brag about. This guy drank the “CrossFit Kool-Aid” a few months ago and has not looked back since. We are proud to call him one of our members and can’t wait to see where this journey takes him. Without further adieu, meet Jody…
Let’s start with the vitals. Name, class time most often attended and number of months CrossFitting?
Jody White, 6:30 pm and weekends, 5 months.
Where were you born/raised?
I was born in Enid, Oklahoma and was raised in Covington, Oklahoma.
What made you want to give CrossFit a try?
I have a couple of co-workers who were always talking about it, but I never really thought much of it until I saw a one month membership offer online and decided to go for it.
Biggest challenge when you started?
I think my biggest challenge was just the intimidation factor that comes with joining any gym, but the environment at REFH quickly erased any worries I had. We all have to start somewhere and the support of everyone at REFH makes you feel comfortable regardless of where you are physically or mentally.
What’s your sporting history pre-CrossFit?
I played basketball and baseball for most of my life with a few random sports here and there, but my main focus was always basketball.
What is your favorite WOD/lift/skill? What movement is your least favorite and why?
You might think I’m crazy, but as much as I hated it at the time I would have to say completing “Murph” was the WOD I’ve enjoyed the most since joining REFH. Yeah, we’ve had workouts that were less demanding and draining, but the fact that I pushed myself to places I never thought possible was incredibly satisfying. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I can’t stand burpees.
What movement are you looking most forward to achieving?
I can’t wait to actually do a pull-up without a band. It’s a small accomplishment, but something I’ve never been able to do and can’t wait to get that first one without the band.*
***Editor’s note, after this Q&A was conducted, Jody did his first ever un-assisted kipping pull-ups! Jody is elated to say the least.
What results have you seen since you began CrossFit…mental, physical or otherwise?
Honestly, when I started CrossFit I was looking to drop a lot of weight, but in the last 5 months I have lost a total of 5lbs which at first was a disappointment. Since then, I have noticed a lot of muscle growth which is why I am not losing a lot of weight, but I am definitely losing inches which is why I now avoid the scales as much as possible and just look for the physical results.
If you could travel somewhere at this instant, where would it be? Why?
I would hop on a plane and head to New York in a split second, which I am actually doing towards the end of May for 5 days. I really enjoy the fast pace of NY, plus I can spend time at one of my favorite places—Yankee Stadium!
Tell us something we would never guess about you.
Honestly, I’m not sure if there’s anything that would really surprise people. I do come off as a shy individual who is not very vocal, but I’m sure my close friends would probably beg to differ. I am a bit of a thrill junkie and can’t wait to jump out of an airplane for the first time, and I’ll hop on any coaster you put in front of me.
How would you describe CrossFit to someone that had never heard of it before?
I always tell people that yes, CrossFit is tough, but it’s designed to push your limits and the craziest part is that with all of the community, it’s actually really fun. Needless to say, I’ve been called ‘crazy’ on more than a few occasions.
Any words of advice for those just starting out?
All I have to say is relax and enjoy it!