Athlete of the MonthAugust

Jeremy Hadley

Career: Accountant

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 2

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started doing CrossFit when I joined 7 Mile Strength & Fitness around 2 years ago.

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

Until joining 7 Mile Strength & Fitness my workouts consisted of a few basic routines I’d come up with in high school using free weight exercises and machines. I managed to get by with it when I was in my teens/20s while playing sports at school several days a week. But as more years went on I became increasingly less motivated in the gym due to boredom and mediocre results, so I decided it was time to get a little more serious about my fitness goals. I really wanted to find something a lot more challenging and comprehensive where I could also learn some new technical skills (such as the olympic/power lifts and gymnastics movements).

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Building consistency, trying to overcome existing confidence issues and trying not to compare myself to others in the gym. When I first joined, I had been dealing with a lower back injury for months and was also struggling through the end of a long-term relationship, so needless to say I was in pretty bad shape physically/emotionally. I used to look at the WODs and get really nervous about showing up to regular class, even though I knew they could be scaled. Because of this I avoided the regular classes for a long time and opted for FitCon with the idea that I would try and build up a base and graduate myself into regular classes once things improved. The FitCon programming was awesome in this respect. It was really challenging and interesting, and allowed me to focus more simply on just coming to the gym and working hard (to build that consistency/confidence) since it is less technical. It was exactly what I needed and the perfect transition into regular CrossFit. So now I look forward to coming to regular classes and I’m definitely much more focused on where I am rather than where I am in relation to others.

 

You recently got your first muscle up! Congrats! Muscle ups are a very high skill movement and you made it look pretty easy ;) How did it feel being able to do such a difficult movement?

Well, it definitely did not feel “easy”!! I was pretty surprised when I finished the rep. Given where I started a couple years ago it felt great but it also reinforced that this is still very much the beginning for me and that I need to keep working hard.

 

You’re a desk jockey and a CrossFitter by day ;) – is coming to the noon class a nice way to break up your work day?

100%. On days when I don’t workout at lunch I usually feel like crap by 5-6pm. It’s amazing how much a good workout can really reset the day for you, especially during peak accounting season when things are extra stressful/demanding. I’m definitely a lot more chilled out in the office and in e-mails after doing a metcon 

 

You’ve been very consistent lately. Tell us a little bit about how you stay motivated to keep coming.

I think most of us can relate here but life happens and for various reasons we may oscillate between working really hard / consistently in the gym and then getting lazy or distracted and losing a lot of progress. Now that I’m more focused on my longer-term goals I’m really trying to minimize this and make health and fitness a permanent lifestyle choice.

 

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

Don’t consider myself a very proud person generally but if I had say anything I guess it would be that I’m proud of the consistency I’ve been able to maintain over the last 6-7 months. I had to dig really deep to pull myself out of the hole I was in when I first arrived just so that I could feel “normal” again. It feels good to have finally found that momentum.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

Nothing very competitively, but I did wrestling, football (American), baseball, and hockey through various parts of grade school. Now I just enjoy a humbling round of golf every now and then ;)

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I have been learning Latin bachata dancing for the last 3 months and just attended a dance congress in Miami. It was a lot of fun but I’m a pretty shy person so the experience was also terrifying especially given I’m a beginner and everyone else was advanced. Nothing like a healthy dose of getting out of your comfort zone.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

I’ve always wanted to do a lap around the Isle of Man TT motorcycle course.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Haven’t really figured this one out yet. Thumbs up to anything that leaves me feeling high on air.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Nothing yet. No pain no gain?

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

Few things:

1. How long it takes to master the power/OLY lifts to a proficient level and to be able to cycle them quickly at working weights. I was not able to appreciate how complex the movements really are until I started trying to learn them. I’m always inspired when I see the veterans around the gym plowing through power snatches and deadlifts in great form like it’s nobody’s business.

2. How cool everyone is at our gym and most other gyms. Like I said earlier, I was pretty intimidated when I first joined but now I know there was nothing to be afraid of. The support that the coaches and other members provide each other is incredible.

3. Also, CrossFit is addicting, especially as a beginner once you realize that you can get great results by simply turning up to class and pushing yourself. I really question what the hell I was doing all the years before I joined.

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Totes. Being somewhat of a traveler I’ve visited around 6 other CF boxes so far. While I may be biased in saying this I think our gym really does have an edge on the quality of coaching.

 

Congratulations again, Jeremy!  We’re proud to have you as our July 7 Miler of the Month!


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