Meet our new featured athlete, Jim Demay! Ladies, more than likely you all know him because at one point or another Jim has probably helped you de-weight at the end of a workout. Hope your mom sees this Jim, because I’m sure you make her one proud Momma!
Along with being a perfect gentlemen, Jim is an amazing athlete! It has been an honor to have him as part of the family! He’s a newbie here, but has quickly progressed into the methodology behind CrossFit!
Jim has a background in running leaving him with endurance, but once he got some weight in his hands, his progression moved quickly! What makes him a great athlete is his eagerness to embrace the challenge of conquering all his deficiencies. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this athlete!
How long have you been CrossFitting with us?
January 2, 2013
What inspired you to try CrossFit?
I had heard a lot about CrossFit over the past several years but didn’t really know what it was aside from what I had seen on TV watching the CrossFit Games – so basically I assumed it was a bunch of meatheads flipping truck tires. But late last year I was getting bored with my normal workout routine and wanted to try something different, so I gave CrossFit a shot.
What keeps you with this methodology of fitness?
The overall fitness you obtain through CrossFit is just so far beyond any other type of training I have done. I thought I was already in good shape when I started CrossFit – I had just run a Marathon PR and was doing strength work 2-3 times a week. But my first week of CrossFit I couldn’t even walk up stairs I was so sore. However, once you fight through those first couple of weeks the improvement starts coming rapidly and it’s just addicting. I never imaged that I could be motivated to wake up for a 6:15 AM workout, but CrossFit has gotten me to that point.
Where are the biggest areas you have seen improvement?
Literally everything – every week I am adding more weight and getting faster times. An example is my first week I struggled to do 10 Turkish Get-Ups with a “baby” kettlebell, and now I’m doing sets of 50 with a 35 lb. kettlebell. Most satisfying is that I ran a 5K PR about 45 days into CrossFit without doing any running aside from what was incorporated into the WODs.
What do you love most about CrossFit?
Obviously the results and continued improvement is a huge deal. And the people I’ve met at CrossFit Cabarrus are awesome – especially Brandon and Rhew, who have really exceeded my expectations as far as the quality of their coaching (even though Rhew is a Duke fan). My mom, sister, and brother-in-law also just started CrossFitting at a box in Ohio, so it’s a lot of fun to compare WODs with them and talk about our improvement.
What is your least favorite movement?
Wall balls crush me. Box jumps can also be dangerous.
What goals do you hope to obtain through CrossFit?
I’d like to be able to legitimately compete in the 2014 CrossFit Open – this year I still need to improve my strength on a lot of the Olympic weightlifting movements. I also intend to use CrossFit as my primary source of training to attempt running a Half-Marathon or Marathon PR later in 2013.