Athlete: Akhmim Jones
|Fight Gone Bad||331|
|Clean & Jerk||--|
|Back Squat||255 lb|
My wife and I are the parents of two boys under two so your prayers are appreciated :0) I've had multiple knee surgeries (two of which being patellar tendon repairs on both knees) and do CrossFit as a means of making sure I don't grow old before my time. I have very fond memories of my father but some of them are of him being too old to really play with me at times, I don't want that for my boys. Actually, I want to be able to beat them in a foot race until I'm at least 50! I do my best to eat healthy but can't live without pizza, cereal or ice cream so I just work on keeping it 80-20. I love CrossFit for how it makes me look, makes me feel, and most of all, how it has made me feel like such a part of a community. I can remember when my best friend started, I used to tell him that it sounded like he was joining a "cult". Well, if it is a cult, I've enjoyed drinking the Kool-Aid ;0)
How I Eat
I eat strict Paleo
I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount
I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week
I do my best to eat paleo, sometimes it gets hard. Without "cheat meals", I would probably lose my mind!
How I Train
I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate
My Athletic Background
I played youth or high school level sports
I regularly play recreational sports
My Experience With CrossFit
I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)
I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit
To say that my life has changed due to CrossFit would be an absolute understatement. My very first class was a "Free WOD" one blustery Saturday morning (I believe it was about 85 degrees at 10AM) and my life hasn't been the same since. Coach Ernie had us doing 50m Bear Crawls with 5 of something (burpees, I think) at one end, only to turn around and do another 50m Bear Crawl back to do 5 of something else (box jumps, I think). My introduction to CrossFit was one of the most miserable experiences of my life! Up to that point, I had thought I was in pretty good shape but I was about to learn (especially after actually joining) that my idea of what "being in shape" actually means was far from a complete understanding. Through all the pain (and there's been a lot of it), not once have I ever seriously thought that it was enough to make me want to quit. There are varying levels of fitness but I truly believe that you will never find a fitter person than a CrossFitter. The slogan at our box is "Good at Everything" and that is what we strive to be; CrossFit is our vehicle to get there. The men and women I've met in my box have become my brothers and sisters, I can't imagine not seeing their faces on a regular basis. Our coach, Grant Soletski, has been such a driving force behind all of our fitness and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude for what he's done for us; he's gone beyond coach to become our mentor and, most important, our friend. God brings people into your life for a reason and I couldn't thank Him enough for bringing Grant into mine. Although unorthodox at times, he has motivated me to be the best "me" I can be and there is really never a way to truly repay someone for that kind of gift.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I usually only do 1 workout a day
I do multiple workouts in a day 2x a week
I typically rest 4 or more days per month
I think rest is equally as important as exercise.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I began on-ramp the Tuesday after Labor Day Weekend 2011.