CFLA Athlete Profile – Julian Fox
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
Occupation: COO at a startup
When did you first start CrossFitting?: April 2008
When did you first start training at CFLA?: July 2014
Favorite WOD: anything with rowing
Least Favorite WOD: anything with HSPU
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Very casual or absent for most of my childhood and teen years. 2 years of lacrosse in high school. Mostly globo gym sessions and few half marathons in adulthood.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel: Senior year of college, I heard about it from a friend of a friend who was a trainer for the Boston Celtics while he was in town with the team. Similar to some other member’s stories, it took me a few google tries to get the website right. My first workout was Nancy on a small indoor track. I remember collapsing backwards at the bottom of an overhead squat in front of 20 people on treadmills and ellipticals. After that, I followed main site programming for a few years before joining an affiliate.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I can say for certain that I’ve had changes in my fitness and health since joining CFLA. Over the past 20 months I’ve been a member, I have seen consistent improvements in my fitness level while also staying injury free. I’ve actually seen some nagging pains in my knees and back diminish or disappear, thanks to the quality of instruction. On top of that, I’ve gotten better at a lot of gymnastics skills that I really struggled with before.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? First, being more conscious of mindset and intention. Seeing the context for the day on the whiteboard has become a cue for me to check in with myself before a workout. Having gone through that ritual in class a few hundred times, I notice that I’ll do it during other parts of my day now, too. Taking a moment to regroup on particularly hairy days has helped me navigate some challenging crises.
Second, getting better at coping when things don’t go according to plan. I’m sure most of us approach each workout with a plan or goal, even on practice days. I like that every day is a chance to cross a new threshold. But, I also appreciate the days when I need to face not even coming close to the goal I set for myself.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: This year’s Game of Throwdowns. Last year’s CF Open Panda. Getting to know other members on small and big loops.
Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t be afraid to ask a coach for feedback or refreshers on movements that haven’t come up in a while or that you haven’t seen before. I’ve learned the hard way that watching a bunch of youtube videos usually isn’t enough.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Mostly ways to take advantage of quiet moments – hiking, reading. CrossFit is my main athletic activity, but every now and then I’ll mix in a soulcycle class.
B) Handstand walk revelry
C) 5 RFQ (30sec:30sec), ≤7 RPE
Sit to stands
“Turkey Burpee Club”
Share work equally with partner
Squat cleans (135/95)