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Spotlight Athlete: Jim Barrett

Name:  Jim Barrett 

Age: 50

Occupation:  Design Engineer

Deadlift Max:  200

Back-squat Max: 180

Got Muscle-ups? no

1 mile run:  9:07

Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas

Favorite Lift: Push Press

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I started in May 2014, but due to non-crossfit related injuries, consistently attending for about 18 months.

Which class time do you usually attend?

 615am M-W-F

How did you find CrossFit?

My physical therapist (Dr. Doyle) suggested I try it.

What is your athletic background?

Played organized baseball (1975-2003) and softball (1991-2009).  Wrestled in high school.  Rowed in college at Florida Institute of Technology.  When I hit 40, my wife, Robin encouraged me to run.  I completed a full marathon and several shorter races before my ankle injury got me.  That's where Dr. Doyle came in. 

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

I have learned that fitness comes from more than just working out.  I am what I put in my body.  I'm much more conscious of my intake.  The nutritional challenge, starting in December 2016, was a life-changing experience. 

What motivates/inspires you?

My inspiration comes from my Dad who taught me to set goals and go for them with 100 percent effort.  I also am inspired by selfless people that are always doing for others, police, firefighters, EMT’s, servicemen and women, my wife (who is about as selfless as one can be).  I want to be around for a long time with my wife and kids (Hannah, BJ and John).  Also, the people I see at the box are all so nice and encouraging.  All the coaches are top-notch!!!

What is your proudest (CF) achievement?

One might think that I'm proud of a workout or one-rep max-and I am; but my proudest achievement is completely changing my nutritional intake and seeing results.  I've always heard that you don't put on weight overnight and it's not going to come off overnight.  But stay the course and results happen.  The funny thing is, I didn’t know I was signing up for a challenge.  I thought I was just getting my body fat percentage from the bodpod and going home. When I found out it was a challenge, I had to accept it.  And don’t think I answered that challenge alone.  My wife makes sure that I have what I need from THE LIST and packs my lunch and encourages me to stay the course! And then there is Holly—making sure that if I get off course, that I get right back on.

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. 

I give what I got when I come to the box, but I'd really like to see Rx by my name.  My other goal is a flat midsection. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? 

I coach Little League and just started back at school working on a second MS degree.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Without a doubt, a chili-cheese dog, a beer and a Reese’s.

Any advice for new members?

You are what you eat.  Be true to yourself.  Show up to the box. If I don't feel like going, I go anyway and I'm always glad I did.

Have you met Pukie?

Yes, I have.  Not as much as Oscar though (Holly you can leave this off)

 

 

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