Member of the Month – April 2016

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Mitch Best

Mitch started with CFSJ in August 2015 and he’s quickly proved himself as an all-around athlete and competitor. He’s been a strong addition to the community and we’re looking forward to watching him grow in the sport. Congrats Mitch!

 Tell us a bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, random facts)

 I am 22 years old and am originally from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. I am currently working on becoming a Mechanical Engineer. I completed my engineering degree this past May at UNB Fredericton. In June of 2015 my girlfriend Hannah and I moved to Saint John. I now work for a Piping Contracting business that has projects in the various mills as well as the refinery where I am located currently.

 Some may not know but I am a pretty big gearhead. Motorcycles, Dirt bikes, Snowmobiles, Boats, Cars, Trucks, basically anything that has an engine I have an interest for.

 What were you doing for fitness before Crossfit?

 – Growing up I tried to play as many different sports as I could, but overall, hockey, football and track and field were the ones I stuck with. I played Major Midget hockey in Nova Scotia with hopes of going further, but it never panned out. That’s when I decided to go to university instead of playing junior hockey and for the most part, took 4 years off from sports. While attending university, I continued with just your typical working out at a commercial gym.

 When did you start Crossfit?

 – I started my first Kickstart class on August 6th 2015, the day after my 22nd birthday. I decided it was time to get off my butt and do something active again.

 What made you start Crossfit and did you have any specific goals when you started?

 – For the last couple years I had been shown different things to do with Crossfit but I never put much thought into it until I moved to Saint John. I was driving over the bridge when I saw the big kettlebell painted on Crossfit Saint John’s garage door. I got curious, so I went home and looked it up and decided to give it a try. At first, my goals were to get back to a fitness level I was previously at and possibly exceed them.

 Have you achieved those goals and what achievements are you most proud of?

 – Overall I feel I am on my way to achieving my goals. I might not have as fast of a 400m dash time, or as good of cardio as I did when I was playing hockey, but I feel as an overall athlete, I am becoming more well-rounded than I was. (Especially in the mobility and nutrition department). Saying that CrossFit is still fairly new to me and I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon. My fitness has improved tremendously since August, I’m just getting started.

 Favourite WOD?

 – I havn’t even come close to trying all of the WODS yet but so far I would have to say Helen would be one of my favorites. 400 meter runs, Kettle Bell Swings and Pull Ups.

 Least favorite WOD?

 – My least favorite would probably be Annie. I like sit-ups but double unders aren’t my strong suit.

 Favorite lift?

 – My favorite lift is definitely the back squat.

 Least favorite lift?

 – Definitely the overhead squat (my shoulder flexibility is phenomenal …)

 If you were to create your favorite WOD, what would it look like?

 – It would be relatively long, and it would contain 400m runs, fairly heavy squat cleans, and bar muscle ups.

 What are your current goals for the future? (PRs, skills, any sports/ events outside of Crossfit etc)

 – My number one goal is to be injury free, my other goal would be to turn some of my weaknesses into strengths (double-unders, overhead squats, snatches, toes to bar, etc). I feel some of these movements really hold me back during workouts and I want to change that.

 What do you enjoy most about CFSJ?

 – I really enjoy the open atmosphere in the gym. The first time I came in, it was close to 10 o’clock at night and Mike Jackson was just cleaning up. I decided to stop by and see if anyone was around to ask a few questions about the gym itself. Mike was welcoming and enthusiastic at the idea of myself or anyone new joining the gym. He encouraged me to come in later in the week to begin my Kickstart program. Immediately I could tell it was a completely different atmosphere than a typical gym. The people are awesome, and now I look forward to going to the gym everyday.

 Do you have any advice for someone who may be considering beginning Crossfit?

 – Give it a try! Come in with an open mind and leave your pride at the door. It kicks my butt every day and makes the hard work worth your effort.

 Anything additional you would like to add?

 I convinced my girlfriend Hannah to join the gym just before Christmas. At first she had the mindset that CrossFit wasn’t for her but now she loves it and goes as much as I do.

Now she understands the CrossFit terms I always babble on about when I get home….