If it takes Jack Bauer 24 hours to get it done, Billy is probably capable of doing it in 15. Meet Billy Jones, CrossFit Everett’s most recent Featured Athlete. If you haven’t met Billy, you’d know him by his friendly personality and his infectious smile – it’s a smile that lights up his face & you can’t help but smile back when he’s talking with you. It doesn’t take long to get to know him and experience his refreshing outlook on life. He’s been on the ‘injured/reserved’ list for quite a while due to an on the job shoulder injury but it hasn’t stopped him from coming into CFE and working out the rest of his body. Billy is one of the hardest workers in the gym, and with the assistance of the CFE trainers, he’s been finding a whole lot of different ways to work out around his injury and keep up the daily WODs. He has great form on his awesome deadlifts and has had more than his fair share of time with the GHD machine as it seems to be the substitute for pullups/pushups and any overhead lifts in the daily WODs. We’ll all be sending good thoughts & prayers his way on 10/26 when he undergoes shoulder surgery, and we look forward to working out along side him during his rehab.
Q&A with Billy:
What fitness improvements have you experienced as a result of doing Crossfit?
Hip Flexibility. When I started Crossfit, and Jesse told me to squat to the medicine ball, I thought he was crazy. I rolled my eyes, and continued to try without success. Randy pulled me aside, and explained how I needed to focus on mobility work in my hips. After one week, I could squat to that medicine ball, and I made it a point to stretch my hips before every workout. I no longer need the ball as my guide, and realize that maybe these guys know what they are taking about.
What changes have you made in your nutrition program? What has been the hardest of these changes?
I took Jesse’s advice, to put my scale away, and to eat more if I’m hungry. As prescribed, lots of meat, vegetables, eggs, and nuts. The hardest part for me has been; burritos, sushi, and oh yeah, alcohol. It’s a work in progress.
What is your favorite lift?
Overhead squats. I haven’t been able to practice these in a while, due to my shoulder injury, and I’m absolutely horrible at them. I’m very anxious to recover, and get back at them again. I like to complexity of this lift.
“Grace” 30 clean and jerks, for time.
Least favorite WOD?
Anything AMRAP in 20 minutes.
What advice do you have for others that are looking into Crossfit?
Leave your ego at the door, because you are probably going to have to squat lower, and relearn everything that you think you know about working out. I also tell people to just show up for a month. It’s ridiculously hard for everyone in the beginning, everyone is sore, and we were all there. It’s worth it.
What do you think about the trainers at CFE?
I like how they are all over you, when they see you struggling with a lift. Always encouraging, always explaining, always going the extra mile, to even recording me with horrible form, so I can see how bad I look. Thanks Randy.
What do you like most about CFE?
It truly feels like a family. I’m new to this coast, and even newer to Everett. Everyone immediately knew my name, offered advice, and encouragement. I feel at home at the gym, where I can be myself, and not be judged. Thanks to everyone, for welcoming me in to the family.