January Member Spotlight - Jason Pinkley

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January Member Spotlight - Jason Pinkley

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When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you

started?

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,

interests, etc.)

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.

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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,

etc…

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Yes,

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.

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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

CrossFit 913?

- 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

little modification/scaling

- Be consistent

Something you might not know about me is?

Nothing terribly

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

moved on.

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