CrossFit Gym In Overland Park

January Male Athlete Spotlight - Jim Skinner

September 1, 2020

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started? I started in November of 2016. Several members of the gym live on my cul de sac and had been encouraging me to try it. I had been working out at home for a while and was ready to try something newWhat is your favorite/least favorite WOD?Cindy is my favorite WOD. The combination of pull ups and pushups are basically my wheelhouse!What is your favorite/least favorite movement?Snatches…. FU snatches.Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)I grew up in Eastern Iowa and have lived around the Midwest (Chicago, Milwaukee, KC) my whole life. I’ve been married for 12 years to my amazing wife Cody and have 3 awesome little daughters; Josie (9), Leighton (7), and Eva (3). For work I am a regional sales manager for GE Healthcare. I’m a huge Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Bears/Cubs/Bulls fan.What was your workout routine before CrossFit?I was doing Beach Body workouts like Insanity and P90x in my basement. After 2 or 3 times through the DVD’s Tony Horton’s jokes get pretty annoying….What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?Day of the workout: “Wow that was a great workout and a lot of fun”Morning after the workout: “Why can’t I walk down stairs without crying?”

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?My goal was to find a workout that would keep me motivated and in better shape. Slam dunk. Now I’ve set more specific goals, some which I have achieved, and others (many) which are still in progress. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?Yes, CrossFit is a great stress reliever, whether it is hitting a PR or just laughing it up with people in our awesome 913 community it has had a positive impact. Oh, and now I’m able to throw a football over a mountain, so that’s pretty cool. Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?The first time completing MURPH. I love hero WODs for all they represent.What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?Everyone was a newbie at one point. It is easy to get intimidated or hung up on what others can do that you can’t and to get frustrated. Just keep showing up and good things happen.

Something you might not know about me is?I’ve played guitar since I was 14, and I’m still no good!

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