Jay: I loved playing sports when I was young but didn’t excel at any of them. I wish I had had CrossFit when I was younger because I’m sure I would have been better at all those sports. As an adult I got into bicycle racing and short track speedskating. As I worked to be more competitive in those endeavors I saw the benefits of strength and conditioning, but I didn’t really know the most effective way of going about it. CrossFit has taught me the things I wished I had known back then, and made me a better athlete today.

How had CrossFit impacted your life?

Quite simply, CrossFit has changed my life in many ways. I am stronger, move better, more fit, and healthier than I’ve been – maybe in my entire life. I eat cleaner. I had stopped bicycle racing when I started coaching a high school lacrosse team. Within a few years I was overweight and out of shape. My wife, Linda Andrews, encouraged me to try CrossFit. I got started and never looked back.

What’s your favorite and least favorite workout?

Favorite: I have a love/hate relationship with Fight Gone Bad.
Least Favorite: Anything with double unders, chest to bar pull ups, or handstand push ups.

What do you do besides CrossFit?

In many ways CrossFit has become a part of almost every aspect of my life. My wife and children all CrossFit. I teach high school and run a strength and conditioning program for the athletes at my school. I’ve started curing my own bacon and making my own sausage.

Advice for Athletes New to CrossFit

Show up. Stick with it. Learn how to do it right. You’ll be sore and frustrated at times but you’ll be much happier in the long run. Be willing to take a serious look at your nutrition. Learn how to eat clean. You’ll be stronger and healthier in the long run.

Certifications, Experience, Honors

  • CrossFit Certified Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Football Certificate
  • CrossFit Mobility Certificate
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certificate

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