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Athlete Spotlight: Justin Mun

 

 

Name?

Justin Mun

 

Hometown?

La Habra, CA

 

Age?

25

 

Occupation?

Disneyland(?)/Student

 

When did you first start CrossFitting?

January 2019

 

When did you first start training at CFS?

Also January 2019

 

Favorite WOD?

Anything with Olympic lifts

 

Least Favorite Movements?

Thrusters

 

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I did martial arts (TaeKwonDo & Mixed Martial Arts) pretty much from 1st grade all the way to high school, where I started playing football and running track and continued to play football for a year in college. 

 

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

Coach Connor first told me about this gym! I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember the fitness assessment that Coach Jonathan put me through where I thought I could sprint a 500m row, and by the end of that I was a little nauseous, my ears were muffled and I was seeing stars…

 

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)

Well I’m always focused on the love handles, BUT every once and awhile I look up and I see how much more toned my upper body is (shoulders, traps, chest). I was barely able to do 3 strict pull-ups and now able to do 8-10 strict pull-ups and kipping pull-ups in WODs. I still get gassed pretty easily, but I have been able to see how much further I can go on as prescribed workouts than when I first started. 

 

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

More confidence in myself and a greater appreciation for fitness in general. It also gives me an appreciation for my own abilities because I often become tunnel visioned on what I can’t do.

 

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
Coach Tasha and Coach Jenn’s faces when I failed a clean and jerk max attempt where the bar almost came down on my head.

Whenever random competition sparked either during warmups or WODs

Watching others get excited over PRs

Any time I got good/strong enough to do Rx movements or weights in WODs

For future reading: When I got my first muscle-up (at the time of this questionnaire I have not gotten it… yet).

 

Any advice for people just getting started?

Compete 24/7. With your past self, with your partner, with your goal or with someone you have silently (or vocally) declared a rival. Change happens slowly and gradually, frustration is natural, and ALSO, don’t eat ramen before WODs. 

 

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Hobbies mostly include video games, watching anime and other shows, and listening to/watching video essays

Music is always fun as well, I’m your typical Asian church leader who sings and plays guitar.

New foods/food places and places I could set up a hammock and chill are my favorite to go to.