First Name & Last Initial 

John 

Hometown

Fullerton, CA

Age

68

Occupation

Pastor

When did you first start CrossFitting?

Just over 2 years ago.

When did you first start training at CFS?

Just over 2 years ago.

Favorite WOD

I enjoy any workout that has deadlift, bench, bike or rowing.

Least Favorite WOD

Wall balls, burpees (which for me are really just falling on the ground and crawling back up), failed box jumps, skipping (or in my case, tripping) rope and anything with a squat where Jon figures out to make me squat to a ball.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I think I have always been fairly active, but mostly just running, spin, mountain biking or racquetball. Never really into weights or the variety that CrossFit brings.

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

I am personal friends with Connor Shubin, who used to be a coach here. He suggested I try out CrossFit and I have continued coming ever since.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF?

I have lost weight and I think I am stronger. I still struggle with flexibility, but even so, I think if I was not doing CrossFit I would be much worse off than I am now. I am also much more conscientious about my diet.

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

Well for sure CFS has been good for my physical health, I am in better condition, weigh less and am stronger than I was when I started. While that is great, it is probably not what I appreciate most about my time at CFS.

At 68 I am not the strongest, quickest or most flexible person in the gym, so for me it has become a matter of “being in the game” and “not quitting.” This has been a tremendous boost to my mental health. To finish a hard work out, even if it is a scaled version of Murph, and be able to say, “Damn, I’m 68 years old and finished that!” feels really good.

I also really appreciate the friends/social aspect of regularly working out with, and getting to know the people you work out with. I don’t know who comes up with the “Questions of the Day,” but they are great and really help you get to know the people you are hanging out with.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.

For me these would be things like being in the gym when someone sets a personal record, or when I finish an especially hard workout. I also enjoy celebrating the milestones of my gym buddies, getting a job as a firefighter, getting married, having a baby, going away to college, etc.


Any advice for people just getting started?

One of the really great things about John, Jenn, Tasha and Justin is that they are always willing to help scale a workout to what you can do. So don’t let yourself get distracted by what you can’t do or what other people do, but instead focus on what you accomplished or your improvements.

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

My hobbies would be fitness (CrossFit, mountain bikes, racquetball), watching movies and cars (I have always had something a little exotic to drive). I also find great joy in relationships with all kinds of different people and trying to model in those relationships the love I have seen God graciously shower on me.