Jason Grubb

  • CrossFit
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  • CrossFit
    Games
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  • CrossFit
    Lift Off
    1
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  • Age
    43
  • Height
    5'8"
  • Weight
    185 lb
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  • Team
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My gradual slide towards a thicker waistband and de-conditioned body didn’t happen overnight. It took years of drinking IPAs, eating pizza, overdosing on carbs and sugars, and paying little attention to what I put in my body. I cycled in and out of traditional fitness gyms, spending hours on the treadmill and elliptical. I stayed consistent and worked hard in the gym, building up my capacity to run 5-7 miles every other day (with Chip). I felt good, but nothing was changing my body or my general feeling of blah. In November 2013, my sister in law invited me to join her at her CrossFit gym during a ‘bring a friend’ promotion. She has been inviting me for years and I had insisted that I didn’t need help with my fitness. I thought I knew what I was doing, even though it wasn’t working. I thought that I knew what fitness felt like. It felt like an ability to run 7 miles in around an hour – right? I had forgotten what it felt like to be able to move well, feel strong, and have the ability to do whatever I wanted to do physically. I had forgotten what it was like when I was a gymnast in junior high and high school. Back then, I was competitive in my age and division and even had high hopes to go to the Olympics. I worked out with my peers 4-5 days a week at our gym developing skills on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. We were lean, healthy, flexible, and quite strong. Pull ups and pushups were simple exercises. Muscle ups, for example, were not a major complex movement (as they are in CrossFit). When I was 17, I realized I was getting burnt out and that I was not going make it to the Olympics. After that I wasn’t sure how to stay healthy and fit. Life got busy with high school, college, marriage and kids. Twenty years later, I was thick and generally unhealthy, and while I could run 25 miles a week, I didn’t feel or look good. Finding my way towards health and fitness was a serendipitous experience. I finally accepted the invitation from my sister in law to try CrossFit, and it changed my life. I realized how out of shape I was during that first week of CrossFit. I remember one of my first WODs, power cleans and burpees, where I tried to keep up with a very pregnant woman and had my ass handed to me. My first experiences with CrossFit didn’t just provide full body workouts – it gave me hope that I could come back from being in the worst shape of my life. Nothing I had been doing was working, despite my committed efforts, and yet this felt different. I couldn’t get down to the ground and get back up (a simple burpee) ten times without feeling like I was going to die. I wasn’t discouraged, rather I felt inspired. I saw people around me who moved effortlessly, looked great, and seemed to feel great. Hope is a powerful motivator. A fire was lit in my heart… and I started my journey to rediscover my health. This journey has taken me from a thick, out of shape 38 year old, to a healthy, fit, and wonderfully active 42 year old. The Olympics are not in my sights… but a new goal is out there for my competitive spirit, The CrossFit Games. Having missed the qualification cut off in 2017 by 20 spots (out of over 25,000), 2018 is the year I finally qualified. Regardless of whether I ever stand on the podium at the CrossFit Games, more importantly, I’ve rediscovered health, fitness, and a passion for helping others rediscover their health and fitness.

Stats
Open
Year Division Overall Rank (Worldwide) Overall Rank (By Country)
2018 Men (40-44) 59th 39th United States
2017 Men (40-44) 69th 50th United States
2016 Masters Men (40-44) 111th 82nd United States
2015 Individual Men 8898th 6048th United States
Games
Year Overall Rank Division
2018 4th Men (40-44)
Lift Off
Year Overall Rank Snatch Clean + Jerk Workout
2016 25th 82nd (200 lb) 37th (275 lb) 10th (317 reps)
Benchmark Stats
  • Back Squat 395 lb
    Clean and Jerk 295 lb
    Snatch 215 lb
    Deadlift 485 lb
    Fight Gone Bad 378
    Max Pull-ups 42
  • Fran 2:42
    Grace 2:01
    Helen 8:34
    Filthy 50 21:38
    Sprint 400m --
    Run 5k --