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June Columbus Circle Athlete of the Month

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From day one, Jason has been a friendly, dedicated athlete who brings great energy to classes and prides himself on improving. Congrats, Jason!

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Jason Price, Columbus Circle

How/when did you get involved in CrossFit? What has motivated you to stick with it?
I started July 2014. I had just ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon and was looking to try a new challenge.

What do you enjoy most about being a member at EVF?
The thing I enjoy the most is the community. It’s really a rare experience to find a group of friendly caring people.

Do you remember your first workout? Looking back how did it go?
I don’t remember my first WOD, but I do remember On-Ramp. I had never really lifted before so all of the motions were terrible, and I don’t think I had done a squat in a decade. Looking back, it was a disaster.

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What were your goals when you first started? How have they changed?
One of my big goals when I started was to learn to snatch and clean and jerk (I had zero background in Olympic lifts), and pull-ups were a big goal for me. I have a few year-end goals on the board, and I am trying to work toward them as well as picking up other skills — such as double unders — and increasing my stamina in other body-weight movements.

How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
I have gotten physically stronger and mentally tougher in the past year. The other big thing I have realized is how much I don’t know and how big of a resource the coaches are in terms of knowledge and experience.

Favorite lift and WOD?
One of my favorite lifts is the bear complex. From a WOD perspective, I really like Grace.

Least favorite movement and workout?
My least favorite movement is anything that requires you to be upside down, including wall walks or handstand push-ups. For workouts, 15.5 and DT are just terrible.

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What drives you through the door each day?
The community of people and the drive to get better keep me coming back.

Do you have any advice for new members?
The biggest piece of advice is to trust the coaches and the process. Also, be overly friendly and get to know people.

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What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I hope to hit my 2014 goals, then set new ones. My wishlist would be a ring and bar muscle-up, but that might be aggressive.

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