Member of the Month (July) – Josh Jasper

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CFBF Member of the Month (July) – Josh Jasper

Previous Fitness:

Not much. I was a pretty sedentary creature prior to starting CF. I would go through intermittent spurts of hiking but then revert right back to my lazy ways. I played soccer growing up but life pulled me away, or so I told myself.

Why CFBF:

One of my employees, Kara, was a member and raved about it. I figured…what the hell? I was desperate for a change and something to kick me into high gear before my sons got old enough to leave me behind.

First Memorable WOD:

15.5 with Lyndsey B. was extremely memorable for me because it was the first time I really experienced the CFBF community and the larger CrossFit atmosphere as a whole. We pushed each other the entire WOD and it really was a mental shift for me in my approach to CrossFit.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:

I love Overhead Squats. It pushes me more than any other barbell movement. That makes every PR or high rep push even more rewarding. A close second would be Cleans.

What Motivates you the most:

My boys. As soon as Jameson was born, I realized I had a very finite window to get healthy before they were old enough. My goal has always been the their role model in as many ways as possible, and being healthy is something I’ve struggled with my entire life and wanted to set a better example for my spawn.

Biggest Challenge:

I completely tore my ACL back in January (soccer….not CF!) and recently had surgery. It was far harder mentally to get back to my CF routine and get motivated post operatively than I expected. I’m just now starting to recover my drive that I had pre op, but the mental struggle caught me completely off guard.

Biggest Improvement:

Definitely my cleans. When I started, it was a daunting movement from a technical standpoint and I just struggled with it from day one. My knee injury actually helped me focus and tackle my clean deficits.

Advice for New Members: 

Stick with it and be yourself. I distinctly remember pulling into the parking lot in my second week at CFBF and seeing all the “fit people” going in. I had a sudden and intense wave of being self conscious and pulled right back out. I almost quit that day. I am so glad I didn’t. I’ve since lost 53 lbs and my life has changed because of CrossFit. There will always be someone fitter than you. Just focus everyday on being a better you.

Who is Your Superhero:

Captain America. All day, every day. My second son was almost named Steve Rogers.

Fun Fact about Yourself:

My wife and I breed various types of reptiles including snakes, tortoises, and monitor lizards.

Favorite 2016 Open Workout:

16.2 since my knee didn’t prevent a strong result and it was the day before I got the news that my ACL was kaput.