Summer is OFFICIALLY here and in full swing Flipping that calander for a new month also brings us a new Athlete of the Month….
Justin has been hard at work inside and outside of the gym. This quarantine doesn’t bring him down and stays consistent in workouts and joins the group for outdoor classes too!! Not only has Justin been working on himself, he even stays after class and helps out members that may need some physical therapy advice. He is such a gentleman and we are so proud of the progress he has made since joining us at Tides. His positive attitude and eagerness gives others that boost of motivation. Please read below to learn more about our July Athlete of the Month
Hi Justin and congrats again! Please, tell us about yourself.
I am originally from Niles, MI and moved to St Joe in 2014. I graduated from Ferris State with a Bachelors in Biology and Andrews University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Ferris State I ran track for 4 years. Fun fact, I ran against the 400 meter gold medal winner at a meet 2012 (lost significantly of course). As much as I love sports, I’m equally nerdy as well, especially when it comes to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and gaming on Xbox.
How long have you been with Tides and what made you decide to start?
I’ve been with Tides for a year and a half. I joined because I wanted to learn the movement patterns of the sport so I can better understand what my patients are doing.
What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
After my first WOD I wished I would have found this variety and intensity back in college because it would have been a fantastic off-season training program for track.
What do you enjoy most about Tides or functional fitness in general?
I enjoy being able to get in and get out in 1 hour with a great workout and sense of competition.
What have you learned since joining Tides?
Since joining tides I learned I’m not as athletic as I thought. (Gymnastic movements). But the best way to get better is to work on mobility and keep practicing
What is your proudest moment since being at Tides?
My proudest moment at CrossFit would be hitting a new clean and jerk PR, one that I hadn’t touched in 7 years
How have you seen yourself change- mentally and physically since joining Tides? What impact has it had on you in and out of the gym?
Since joining Tides, I’ve been much better at avoiding ego lifting, which in turn has helped me refine my form and learn cues to help correct form.
When you’re not CrossFitting what is your favorite thing to do? I know you’re a great fisherman, any tips?
By far my favorite thing to do is salmon fish on my boat for trophy King Salmon.
The one tip you’d give someone who is thinking about starting the gym or just started?
My tip would be to leave your ego at the door. You don’t have to Rx everything, sometimes it’s best to live to fight another day. It can be a goal for later, but mechanics first.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have an adorable chocolate border collie mix with an underbite and big bottom lip