Jamie Townsend
Chiropractic student

When did you first start CrossFitting?
I first started doing CrossFit back when Jonathan used to do it in the garage at my brother Jimmy’s house or his friends houses. Had to be about seven or eight years ago… ish.

When did you first start training at CFS?
When it originally opened back in 2014.
Favorite WOD?
I just love the good ol’ fashioned lifting days.
Least Favorite Movements?
My least favorite moments is doing some form of pull-up on the rigs which inevitability caused my hands to tear and start dripping blood. Normally this would happen on a hair wash day so the whole healing process of that was miserable, but I would just tape it up, suck it up, and go the next day.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I really didn’t have much of a sports background growing up… I did do cheerleading and some tumbling in high school, but that to me wasn’t very active compared to what cheerleading can actually be. Our coaches never knew how to properly train us and would just make us run miles during our practice that we ran more than the track team. I did end up going to college and getting my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with my concentration being on Exercise Science while doing CrossFit five days a week. I loved learning about the physiology of how exercise affects the body and coming to the gym every day during that time of learning was so fun for me. It made exercising become more to me than “staying healthy” because I was able to see exactly what about it keeps me healthy.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I was exposed through my brother (some may know him) Jonathan. I remember I did a few WODs with him the garage and then a bootcamp he held at Creek Park, but I don’t remember anything specific besides feeling like I was dying because I was not really in shape yet.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
I notice how strong I have become doing mundane things and it’s nice to feel capable. I notice I am more aware of what I am consuming which is really important to me since my family history has a lot of health issues.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I think the mental aspect of doing CrossFit was something I wasn’t expecting to impact me so much. There are so many workouts or days I just want to give up but I manage to push through and feel better (sometimes) afterwards. I feel my mind gives up before my body does and I have been able to see that translate into just my everyday life and with school. It keeps me aware that I am more capable than I give myself credit for.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
I love being able to workout with my siblings when they are in the same classes with me. I also enjoy the community our gym offers just being around people who just understand and have similar goals. It’s really motivating.

Any advice for people just getting started?
Just do it. Let go of your ego a little and recognize that everyone starts somewhere and just give it time

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I have a GSP named Willow (cropped in the photo) that I am completely obsessed with and spend almost every moment of everyday with her. I also love camping, hiking, and reading “self-help” books.