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One of the great pleasures of being a coach is watching your clients make progress. Over the past 4 years we have seen the continual evolution of both our gym but also our athletes. We want to highlight some of that progress so we are introducing the CrossFit GVA Athlete of the Month.
The athlete of the month does not have to be a firebreathing, top of the whiteboard finisher. What we are interested in is progress and where people are in relation to their starting point. Going from being unable to do an air squat to finishing a benchmark workout is just as impressive as reducing a Fran time from 5:00 to 4:30.
We are going to select somebody from our community every month who embodies our standards of hard work, smart training and progress. Not only will the winner get the kudos of the title, but it also comes with a month of free membership!
We also want to hear from our members. If you want to nominate yourself or someone else as the athlete of the month, let us know!
For our first winner, we have chosen Jeremy Violino. Jeremy began training with us just over 1 year ago. He came to us with a decent fitness background although not much experience with strength training.
His first few months were solid if unspectacular. Jeremy trained consistently 3-4 times per week, worked hard and listened to his coaches. He participated in the CrossFit Open in 2015 and did well, although he didn’t threaten the top of the leaderboard.
Having laid a great foundation of building technique and movement in his first few months, Jeremy’s progress since the Open has been meteoric. Strength has gone up and metcon times have gone down. We are very excited to see how he will perform in the 2016 Open and there will be no surprises if he finishes among the best athletes at CrossFit GVA.
Congratulations Jeremy on winning the December 2015 CrossFit GVA Athlete of the Month!
How did you discover CrossFit?
I discovered Crossfit through a work colleague who had tried it in the UK. I looked on the internet and found a some articles and videos. I saw the variety of movements and the intensity and decided that I wanted to give it a try.
What sort of fitness/sports were you doing before?
I played handball between the ages of 10 to 18 and did some boxing from 20 to 24. I live in the mountains so I have always been active, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Do you remember your first CrossFit workout? How was it?
I remember my first CrossFit experience perfectly, which was a trial session with Sophie. We started off with some squats and finished with a 7 minute AMRAP of burpees. As a beginner I went all out at the start. After about 20 reps I was completely exhausted. I had a look at the clock and realised we had only been going for a minute and a half. I obviously slowed down but I was finished after 5 minutes… I had to stop moving to prevent myself from throwing up. But Sophie came over and asked me to continue, and if I needed to throw up do it quickly so I could finish the workout.
I was really shocked to reach my limit so quickly and that made me want to continue.
What is your favourite workout?
My favourite workout is “Barbara”.
What is your favourite exercise?
I really like weightlifting because you can make quick progress if you listen to the advice given by the coaches. I still have lots of technical improvements to make which should lead to more improvements.
What weaknesses are you working on right now?
I am weak in all the gymnastics movements. That is an area where I need to work (pull ups, muscle ups..), so don’t be surprised if you see my trying some handstand walks!
What are your goals for 2016?
My goals are to work on my weaknesses so I don’t get so frustrated on certain workouts (Fran, I’ll come back to see you soon…), and to see how much progress I can make in the next CrossFit Open. But generally I want to continue progressing and especially to continue enjoying coming to train and sharing all these moments with others!
What achievement are you most proud of?
Qualifying to the Strength in Depth Challenge with 11 other athletes from CrossFit GVA was particularly pleasing for me. I hope we can do the same again in 1 year and participate in the final.
What are your PRs in the following:
Back squat : 165kg
Deadlift: 205 kg
Clean& Jerk: 115 kg
Snatch: 85 kg
Fran 5:15 (I’ll see her again soon )
Crossfit total: 430kg
7min burpees: 119
I would also like to thank all the coaches at CrossFit GVA for their time, advice and good disposition! Thanks also to my training partners for their support and encouragement!