January Member Spotlight - Jason Pinkley
When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you
I “tried” Crossfit for the first time in 2012 at a place
other than 913 because I was really bored with my workouts. I
went sporadically and it was mainly because I just didn’t like the
situation at that box. After I broke my leg and blew up my knee
in 2013 while snow skiing, I decided I wanted to give crossfit
another run. Once the doctor gave me clearance to ease into
lifting again toward the end 2013, I couldn’t air squat my body
weight. That’s when I met Crossfit 913. I started really slow but
by the time the 2014 open happened I made Crossfit my primary
workout regimen. I had a long way to go but because I like the
coaches and people so much, I stuck with it and haven’t
regretted it for a minute.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?
May favorite WOD
is any WOD that encompasses a lot of pull-ups, hand stand push
ups, toes to bar, burpees…. My least favorite is anything that
includes 1) running 2) wall balls – in that order
What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorite movement is power snatch. I’m not the strongest at it but it’s a
fun movement. Least favorite is the split jerk.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports,
I have a wife and 2 kids. My daughter, Ella, is
13 and my son, Caden, is 10. I run sales for half of North
America for a software company. I grew up playing all sports
until high school where I then stuck with just wrestling almost
year round. My interests are travel, dropping in to various
Crossfit affiliates wherever I go. I really enjoy meeting people in
different locations and experiencing life at their gym.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit?
I did a lot
of time at globo gyms… however, I even did boxing for a while
which I really liked. My hands and wrists don’t like that anymore.
What did you think after your first CrossFit workout? Wow,
that was aweful… but it was really the next 3 or 4 days when I
couldn’t stand or sit because of how sore I was when I really
thought “wth am I doing and why did I like that”.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you
achieved any of those goals?
My main goal was really to just
like working out again. Yes, that has been achieved.
Strength/Cardio/movement wise I had a lot of room to grow
coming off of a serious leg injury and after years of back & bi’s
Monday, chest and tri’s Tuesday, abs and calves Wednesday’s,
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
definitely. From my wife getting madder at me more often for
putting a workout ahead of other things sometimes to a different
level of confidence even in my business life. It’s kind of funny
that people, who don’t do crossfit, tie a piece of your identity to
crossfit and are always asking about it or making comments. My
current boss and I “bonded” over crossfit and always make it a
point to grab a wod together when we’re in the same city.
Do you have any other special memories/ achievements
during your time here?
Granite Games, both times I’ve went. I
really can’t explain what it feels like to have all of your gymmates
there cheering you on in a workout, even though the old men do
scaled and it’s not as much fun to watch as the Rx or pro-
athletes, at a big competition like that. Also, the amount of
encouragement you get from your competition is something you
don’t experience in any other sport. In wresting, we had each
other as competitors. Also, I really think we have a special group
of people at our gym and I can say that I don’t think I’ve seen a
group quite like this anywhere else I’ve dropped in.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining
- Don’t try to do too much. I had a hard time at first with
getting discouraged because I couldn’t do the weights or
keep up with the others. When you’re highly competitive
you have to remember to take a step back and let it come
to you. Otherwise you’re going to give up. What’s the
saying? “leave the ego at the door”
- Soak in the coaching. I still need a lot of coaching…
everyone does… that’s why even the pro’s still have
personal coaches. Don’t get discouraged because you
need to be coached.
- Work towards doing a competition. It might be something
you want to do 6 or 9 months out but work towards it. It
keeps you interested and focused.
- You really can do this. Anyone can, even if it requires a
- Be consistent
Something you might not know about me is?
interesting… I lost my wrestling scholarship due to title 9 my
second year of college. I took a couple of years off of school and
move to south Florida to “figure it out”. I bartended in Ft
Lauderdale and Miami for a couple of years with no real end goal
in mind. I learned that I wanted to do something with my life
after seeing lifetime bartenders/waiters/partiers struggling
through life in their 40’s and 50’s. So, I moved to Austin, Texas
and put myself through school while bartending but keeping my
after work life clean. Graduated with 2 degrees in 3 years and