Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. (Where did you grow up, where do you work, Family,etc.)
Hi everyone, I’m Jamie. I grew up in San Diego (well actually Ramona but I still count it) with my parents and two siblings (a sister and a brother). I lived in San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate degree and then promptly moved back down to San Diego. I’m a Software Engineer working at ViaSat and just recently became a college student (for the third time) starting a Master’s program in Cybersecurity at CSUSM. My parents still live up in Ramona, my sister is a Nurse Practitioner in the NICU here in San Diego and my brother is an ER nurse out in Florida. Apparently I missed the family memo about becoming a nurse. I now live in Point Loma, so you most likely won’t find me at up in Carlsbad for a Saturday workout. I only can handle the commute at most five days a week.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the gym?
Now that I’ve started school I’m not sure there is any time for hobbies, but when I can I like to relax at the beach or at home with a book or a movie. Favorite movies to watch right now are the comic book ones, even the ones that are terrible.
What did you first expect when you joined CrossFit?
I expected everyone to be like Robbie! I started with her over at PureFitness and when that ended I was intimidated to join C2 because I thought everyone would be at her level. Also I had heard that Coach Rick would be disappointed if he ever saw us not using the hook grip, which I don’t believe I have yet to fully understand that grip properly.
What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing in and out of the gym?
In the gym I’m most proud that I have been able to get kipping pull-ups and handstand push-ups, two movements a year ago I never thought I’d be able to do. Outside of the gym would be my career and continuing to pursue more education. Working in technology seems to mean you are always one day behind.
What has been the hardest part of joining CrossFit? Most rewarding?
Hardest part of CrossFit so far for me is accepting the days when you are off point for one reason or another and 70% of my one rep max is just not going to happen. Getting over that frustration and channeling it to focus on doing better the next time has been tough for me to learn and accept. The flip side of that coin is the part that is the most rewarding, hitting a PR, doing a movement I’ve never done before, or beating Mariya in a workout. All of those moments make learning to deal with the frustration worth it.
What are some of your goals, personal and fitness, for the future?
Finishing graduate school (yep just started a few weeks ago and already counting down the days) is my main personal focus outside of the gym. In the gym my long time goal has been getting a strict pull-up.
What is your favorite workout?
Not sure if I have a favorite workout, but overhead squats are my favorite movement. Probably something along the lines of Nancy or anything with mostly squats I’d be happy with, but I absolutely do not count thrusters in that category.
How has CrossFit benefited your life beyond fitness and the gym?
I’ve met some great people and its the first time I can say that I look forward to coming to the gym, well as long as I don’t look at what the WOD is first.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in the gym since you’ve joined?
Probably dropping the barbell on my head, since it just grazed my head and no actual injury resulted, it made for a good laugh and some running jokes for a bit.
What made you decide you wanted/needed to start CrossFit?
Over the years I’ve tried all different kinds of specialty gyms and sports (boxing, yoga, hot yoga, bootcamps, bar method, soccer, basketball, softball… the list goes on) quitting most of those after a couple months to a year. So CrossFit was just another thing on the list to try. However, the year mark at C2 is October so I haven’t quite made it yet… Hope to see you all in November :).
What results have you achieved since joining our gym?
I can now do most workouts Rx, gain gymnastic skills, and now have the ability to deadlift and back and front squat over my body weight (getting close on that clean). While I still have a long list of movements I am unable to do, I have been able to shorten that list a lot over the past year and look forward to continuing to chip away at it.
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our gym?
Try it… Worst case scenario you don’t end up liking it but got a good workout in while figuring that out.