Athlete of the Month: Jim White
My favourite quote has nothing to do with CrossFit – “A clean worksite is not necessarily a safe worksite, however a safe worksite is always a clean worksite” However I do quote H. Jackson Brown from time to time not just from the perspective of exercise, but life in general. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”
How long CF? 6 Months
Other things I like to do? I am an avid Go-Kart Racer, need for speed, but in a controlled safe environment. Go into the mountains to bike or hike. Go out for a 5K Jog when the ice is gone (older guys just can’t fall). Work with wood, whether it be building furniture or helping with renovations
Back Squats – 145 lb, Dead Lifts – 195 lb, Front Squats – 185 lb
40 Wall Balls @ 18 lb
Favourite and least favourite movements:
Favourite movements include:
· Front Squats
Least Favourite movements include:
· Not exactly sure why, but Thrusters just wear me out. The motion is not fluid and I hurt for days after doing a few
· Burpees, but hey that’s no surprise, I am not sure anyone would put that as their “Favourite Movement”
Not sure I could identify anything as a strength within the CrossFit Arena. I will always put forward my best, encourage others to put forward their best
I have a couple of short-term goals (3 – 6 mths) –
1. I want to improve my flexibility, specifically in the chest and arms. 6 months ago when I first came to 403, I could not put my arms directly above my head let alone rotate them in behind my back. Simply hanging from the overhead bars was painful as it stretched those muscles. As of today, I still need to focus on improving, but I am so much better.
2. Double-Under Skipping, who would have thought that movement would be so difficult to master. I guess when you have not skipped in over 40 years, it will take some time to master the techniques required to complete even 1 double-under
For a long-term goal (>6 mths) – I want to follow in the example of Shawn and Joe. I want to continue to work on form and motion. Complete a muscle up and just maintain an overall better level of fitness
One thing you’ve done at CF you never thought you would/could?
Box jump – 32”. Actually when I began 6 months ago, I struggled jumping onto a box just 8”. However, the coaches are phenomenal at seeing where you are at with any of the movements and laying out the steps to move you forward at a pace that challenges you, but does not overwhelm.
Advice for people just starting out:
Just do it! Set up your schedule so that you are going to 403 at specific days and times. Don’t make up any excuses to miss, this will help build a habit.
Get to know the other CrossFitters that go to 403, the social aspect will help you to show up.
Don’t worry about those sore muscles, that stiffness does go away (or at least that’s what everyone tells me) eventually
Favourite thing about 403:
The team of coaches, never have I met such a well-rounded and gifted team of individuals that share a common goal (to make me better). They actually care about whether we are meeting our goals or not, and always have opportunity for improvement ideas. The encouragement that I have received over the past 6 months has kept me coming back, and has actually encouraged me to adjust my schedule so I can attend more often thru the week.
Also, the other CrossFitters are so very friendly. They are serious, but not so much that they focus only on themselves. I really get a feeling thru the sessions that we only succeed if we all succeed.
I eat: Pretty much anything that Janelle will let me. She has changed my diet to fit the lifestyle of a fellow over 50, nothing like what I ate when I was under 40.
I do: I am a Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager for Apache Canada Ltd.
I am: Young at heart, somewhat competitive and generally try to do my best at anything I am challenged to do.