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CrossFit Spotlight – John M

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Name: John M
Occupation: Lobbyist
Member at WSCF since:
August 2016

How did you get started with Wells Street CrossFit?
I got started at WSCF last summer after moving from DC. I stopped by a couple of CrossFit gyms and they just weren’t for me. I was literally biking home and went right by WSCF and went in.

What is your favorite WOD and/or movement?
I love a good light snatch workout. Mixed with some gymnastic movement is great for me.

What is your least favorite WOD and/or movement?
Karen (150 Wall Balls as fast as possible). It’s so boring and I hate wall balls.

What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment so far?
When I first started I thought the idea of doing a WOD like Grace was literally impossible. I’ve always played sports but never had a lot of strength. I guess just the change over my time doing CrossFit has been more favorite accomplishment.

What is a goal you hope to accomplish in the next 3 months? 1 year?
Full squat snatches have always been difficult for me. I need to learn to drop under the bar to start hitting heavier weights. When you can overhead squat 50 more lbs than you can squat snatch its a problem.

How has Wells Street CrossFit affected your life so far?
I moved to Chicago knowing basically no one. Its been a great way to meet people and have some common shared interest.

What is something about you that no one at WSCF knows?
I’ve never in my life had a cup of coffee.

Do you have any advice for someone considering WSCF?
If you stick with it you get so much more out of CrossFit than just fitness. I feel better about myself, I’m happier after I do it, and I meet some great people. There is certainly a financial impact but when I think about each class/week/year in CrossFit the cost is small compared to what I get out of it.

If you could do a WOD with anyone, who would it be, and why?My twin brother. He has always been the better athlete/stronger sibling.  Now I’m not so sure. He is a straight lifter and while he has glamour muscles (my term), I don’t think he has the endurance to keep up. He currently refuses to do any workout together.

Favorite quote or motto?
“Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.”
– Ron Swanson


Recently you competed at the Heartland Games. Have you ever competed before and what was your motivation for signing up and competing?
I’ve done several competitions but that was my first individual one. I think they are great and everyone should take a chance on one. I started out and still prefer in-house comps. There is a lot less pressure and it can just be about joining another person or group and seeing what its like to push yourself a little bit more. It gives you something beyond the day to day to strive for. I’ve seen many people push weight and time PRs at comps that they would never think about hitting in a normal class setting.

You have been recovering from an elbow injury that happened in a CrossFit class. Do you ever worry about getting hurt doing CrossFit?
I’ve been pretty healthy over my 3 years of doing CrossFit. The elbow was a freak accident that happened when I didn’t listen to a coach b/c I thought I knew a better way to do something. I wouldn’t say I worry about getting hurt but I’ve learned to listen to what my muscles and joints are telling me. There are certainly times when I call it a day on the last heavy deadlift set or back squat just b/c something is a little off. I now use some of my physical therapy techniques on my non-injured arm and I’m shocked by how good it feels after.