CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
 Jake Thompson - Q & A  
How long have you been Crossfitting? — I started Crossfitting in late August 2010, so I guess you could say I'm still in my rookie year.
What is your occupation? — I am a marketing consultant that specializes in graphic/web design and social media. My background and passion is with sports so I try to stay focused on that space. I am also in the process of starting a nonprofit around creating a forum of ideas to improve our world through health, fitness, nutrition, active lifestyle, and sports. Fingers crossed!
Where are you from? — I'm from Jacksonville, Texas – a small blip on the map of about 13,000 in east Texas.
How did you hear about Crossfit Strong? — My good friend Lindsay Maltsberger had been harassing me about checking out Crossfit for a long time – literally close to a year before I gave in and decided to check it out one afternoon. I ended up coming to the Social Friday in August (it was Fran), and was immediately hooked.
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Jake Thompson
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 Matt's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? -I've had a renewed sense of focus since starting CFS. I had gotten into such a rut – with my workout routine (6 days at the local health club, 1- 1 1/2 hours per visit), my work (trudging along with projects that I wasn't passionate about nor were making a difference in the world around me), and life. CFS and it's "Strong Body, Strong Heart, Strong Mind" motto spoke to me. It really kicked my butt (in and out of the Box) and got me back on track to pursue the things I love and that will make a difference – and to continually never settle for the status quo. And physically, it's made me into a better athlete (when I haven't hurt myself haha) that I ever have been.

What is your favorite move? — Favorite move has to either be the Muscle Up (because it was such a challenge in trying to conquer initially) and Rope Climbs.
What is your least favorite move? — This is a trick question so I'll answer and you'll add it to my birthday WOD next year right? Haha. Least favorite has to be Overhead Squat. I have horrendous flexibility so it has been a challenge working toward being able to OHS any type of decent weight.
What has been your favorite WOD so far? — I loved Sit Halftime and Round & Round.
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — I hated Salt during the actual workout – it was one I had to mentally push through chasing Malachi doing Super RX. But I will say, it's one that afterwards, I was incredibly thankful to have completed.
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? — GET HEALTHY! Haha I seem to injure myself so I'm aiming for an injury-free 2011. I also want to get to the point where I can keep up or challenge the top 3-4 in our gym so that one day I can compete at a CF games regionally. Very high goal but gives me something to focus and work toward.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? — Crossfit is always challenging yourself and forcing your body to become all-around strong. It's quite different than walking into a 24-hour Fitness and just throwing around some heavy weight or hopping on a treadmill for an hour like a lot of people do. Crossfit pushes you beyond your boundaries, making you into a healthier, more fit individual . With Crossfit Strong, the family unity of the Box members has made for an ultra-supportive environment that everyone , no matter their age or current fitness level, can get started and improve their life.
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — Never. I was always focused on team sports and what I consider "regular lifting." But once you give Crossfit an opportunity, you'll be hooked to elite fitness and never go back to how you used to stay in shape.
How can other people relate to your story? — I thought I was in shape but have really caught an injury bug the past two months – first my shoulder, then my back. So it's been an incredibly frustrating time. I think we all go through that type of thing from time to time where we get mentally (and sometimes physically) beat down by life. I've been up at the Box trying to do modified lifts, doing anything to stay in shape while I rehab but it's a mental grind. I've been fortunate to have the CFS family supporting me and encouraging me but with everyone, I think ultimately it comes down to ourselves – being patient and working through things together. We're never alone in our fight, no matter how it might seem. No matter if we have an injury or are just struggling to conquer a specific lift, there's a great group of people at CFS willing (and wanting) to help out. We just have to keep working at it and be open to their help.
What is something that no one knows about you? — A few people know this, but it's not something I flaunt a lot. I have a huge bucket list. Seriously, it's about 100 items. Two of the items include sky-diving and bungee jumping over a waterfall - of which I want to do the waterfall jump a year when I travel to New Zealand (which will also be my first trip outside of the US). Now these two things don't seem like a big deal to most of y'all, but I am absolutely terrified of heights. Like pee your pants on a roller coaster terrified. Should make for an interesting time, but it's on my list, so I've gotta do it!
What is the dumbest thing you have heard at CFS? —MINE!
What is the funniest thing you have seen done at CFS? — I would have to say the burpees in Disney Princess outfits done by a select group of guys at this year's Halloween parties…That or Lindsay M and Dev doing pushups in the middle of a bar in Uptown for saying a special word.
What is your most memorable moment here? Besides meeting me. — I've always loved the team camaraderie you have in sports, and it was something I had missed since high school and college – CFS and all the amazing people in it have been even better than that. We are all pushing each other – in pain, through sweat – but everyone keeps a positive attitude and encourages the other on. Not only is it positive encouragement post-workout, but even while we're all working out you'll have someone say something to you or try to push you. It's a breath of fresh air each day to be competing against other like-minded individuals who have a positive outlook on life. Oh, and meeting Gale of course.