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Athlete Profile: James A
PCF: When did you start with PCF?
JA: October 2010
PCF: Favorite WOD
JA: Coe or The Chief
PCF: Least Favorite WOD
JA: The Sevens (I will never do this again)
PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
JA: In my old life, I was pretty active in Taekwondo until I hit the learning curve and gave up competition. I played football throughout high school, and I played rugby in college. Once I joined the real world, I tried to stay in shape on my own through regular trips to Sport and Health. Those trips usually consisted of me sitting on a weight bench, staring at myself in a mirror, and listening to my dopest iPod dance mix for two hours. Needless to say, I packed on the pounds pretty quickly. Panera Bread lunches, happy hours, and Sunday football beer towers started to add up around my midsection.
PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
JA: I signed up for private foundations with Tes, which was a holy experience. I vividly remember doing Half-Cindy with a green band, knee push ups, and mediocre air squats. That’s when I knew how out of shape I had become. I had to prove to myself that I was athletic enough to excel at crossfit.
PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark archive.
JA: In all honesty, I don’t really remember the first six months of me doing crossfit. That’s probably because it was so traumatic that my mind has blocked off the memories to spare me the shame. I know that I went regularly, and I regularly embarrassed myself. Brian Wilson let me do a handstand push up against the wall after I insisted that I could, and I slammed my head on the floor. I did Helen with Johnny Craghill as my partner one Saturday, and I wouldn’t have finished the WOD had he not changed the bands for me (from little bands to green) come round two. It was humbling to say the least.
PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments youâ€™d like to share?
JA: When I broke 1200 on the CFT last year, that was pretty big for me. I probably wouldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been for Manza – he aggressively encouraged me to squat heavier than I thought I was capable of.
Liz P was happier than I was when I got my first muscle up.
Complaining about life with Megan J before a WOD.
Reppin’ Patriot at the PCF Hurricane party dance off. I came in second and got a free t-shirt. This may or may not have been because I sweated through my original shirt.
And lastly, Brian Wilson’s silent nod of approval when I finally converted to Paleo.
PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
JA: Don’t be afraid of failure, and put in the time to improve. It took me forever to understand how to kip a pull up. I didn’t think I was physically capable of inverting my body into a skin-the-cat. Double unders didn’t make sense to me. If you continue to practice, one day it will just click.
PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
JA: I’m thankful for all of the PCF coaches because you’ve all helped me improve in some way. Although, I would have to say that Erika has a special place in my heart. Erika would stay after class and watch me swing recklessly on the pull up bar until it resembled a kip. She also pushed me over my first 400 lb squat. Also, I feel like we are similar athletes, so I can always trust her opinion on how bad a WOD actually sucks.
EMOTM 15 Minutes
AMRAP 5 Minutes
10 Thrusters (75/55)
AMRAP 5 Minutes
10 Thrusters (65/45)
AMRAP 5 Minutes
10 Thrusters (45/35)
10 Jumping Pullups
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