This Q & A is particularly special to me because Jordan is the reason why I started CrossFit! Almost two years ago he was constantly pestering me to come check out his friends new gym and guaranteed me that I would have one of the best workouts of my life. Jordan and I share a similar love for food, cooking and fitness so I finally caved and trusted his opinion. Just because I know he loves to bask in his glory, this is for you….. You were right! CrossFit filled that void in my life after I hung up my cleats and finished my tenure as a collegiate athlete. After my first CrossFit class there was no turning back to my 6:00 AM LA Fitness routine.
Jordan’s passion for spreading CrossFit to others would continue as he teamed up with his brother to start a Box in Lake Worth, FL called Crossfit Athletic Co. Their facility is stacked with top of the line equipment, a dedicated member base, and stellar coaching. His new career into CrossFit wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of these two wonderful ladies pictured below, his adorable daughter Taylor and his fiancee Ashley.
How did you get started in Crossfit?
I was introduced to CrossFit by way of my MMA gym that I was training at. A local CrossFit came by in the early years to run us through Fight Gone Bad, it was similar to some of the training we did to get in shape, however the addition of Rowers and Barbells definitely changed things up a bit. I remember saying to myself after, “what the hell was that?”. After that some of my same training partners opened a Box and I have been hooked ever since. It also was the next natural progression as far as training and camaraderie went, it beat getting hit in the face constantly.
Yes, I played basketball and football growing up, Martial Arts as well, then into college the typical intramural sports that most people fall into to stay in shape and compete. After college I got into Jiu Jitsu/Kickboxing/MMA
How many days a week do you recommend someone trains at a CrossFit?
This is something new members ask us all the time, and honestly everyone is different. I tell them give it 3 days in the beginning, see how your body is reacting to the workouts. We follow a program that we believe in, giving the body adequate rest on days when needed. Some people have a tendency to push it too hard, too often. I have to tell people constantly, “less is more” or to take a day off. Overtraining is so common in any environment, not just CrossFit. People have to grasp the concept of rest and recovery. That’s actually a benefit to CrossFit I think; you actually have a coach to watch you, keep an eye on your progress, tell you to back it off if need be. That’s not something you get at a Globo Gym. It’s kind of that double edged sword, CrossFit becomes so addicting that people don’t want to take any time off, you have to be careful with that.
Why do you think CrossFit get’s a bad rap sometimes?
There’s a few reasons, one is the “it’s dangerous” concept we hear so much. It’s not dangerous, no more dangerous than most recreational sports. Poor coaching and poor programming is dangerous, so find a place that has good coaches and a good program. Another huge reason I think CrossFit catches so much heat is the fact the members of the community talk about it so much. That can be good, and that can be bad. It kind of falls into that politics and religion field, not everyone wants to hear about it all the time. There’s a joke that has some truth to it…”How can you tell if someone does Crossfit?…don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” Don’t get me wrong, I love CrossFit, I will talk about it with anyone who will listen, however what I try not to do is tell someone how it’s better than what they are doing or how superior it is. This causes a lot of misjudging or nay-saying amongst people, however, if and when you convince someone to step into a CrossFit box and give it a shot, they see its not nearly what they thought.
What are your thoughts on CrossFit Kids?
I love it. I think its awesome. We run a CrossFit Kids program and our classes are full. I wish it was something that was around when I was younger to be honest. We see amazing results in our students, improved agility, flexibility, coordination, stamina, you name it, not to mention expending energy. What is more evident is how it carries over into sport. My nephews both started CrossFit Kids at our box when they were 9, immediately you could tell the difference when they would compete in Jiu Jitsu tournaments. They were clearly in far better shape then their opponents. Often times stronger than older and heavier boys that they’d compete against. My daughter is 4.5 and loves to try out some of the movements and I think it’s great to get them squatting, running, jumping, and any other exercise that helps them with functional movements. We have many families that come together to train, kids and parents all going to CrossFit together which is wonderful. Think about the rewards we are going to be able to reap as they get older, we will hopefully have a fitter, healthier future generation.
What is your favorite and least favorite Crossfit movement (Lift and skill)?
If we are being specific, I’d have to say my favorite is the Hang Power Clean, its fun to do, can be done at an intense pace and worked well into WODs. It also doesn’t require the high level of skill or mobility that some other lifts do. As far as least favorite, I think I may have to lean towards running, I just don’t care for anything farther than 100M, never have and not sure I ever will. Gymnastics movements are probably another thing I need to work on, I’d probably like them a bit more if I was really good at them, makes sense I think.
What are 5 staple foods you always have in your kitchen?
Eggs, Bananas, Any Lean Meat (chicken/beef (preferably grass fed/fish), Leafy Greens, Coffee …water makes six but that’s a no brainer.
What does a normal day of meals look like for you?
I stick to about 5 meals a day, mostly real foods if I can, however I am out of the house and working from 8am to 830pm so that can be tough. Breakfast is 3 eggs, omelette with some veggies or just scrambled and some all natural bacon, side of fruit, avocado and some black coffee. Occasionally I will have some plain oatmeal with raw honey and some nuts/fruit. Mid morning snack is usually an apple with all natural/fresh ground Peanut Butter. Lunch, I usually have a lean protein meal with some veggies, grilled chicken and spinach salad or some sliced steak and quinoa salad of some sort, something along those lines. Afternoon snack is usually some nuts, or greek yogurt, or fresh veggies and hummus. If I have some lean protein handy (beef jerky is a good snack), or hard boiled egg I may have that as well. I workout late so I typically have a banana pre-workout and if I am in a pinch, maybe a protein bar of some sort. Post Workout I either have my meal ready or a shake handy. My post work out meals/dinner are usually chicken/steak/fish with sweet potato and a salad, something along those lines. Plenty of water all day long, thats pretty much the only liquid I will consume on a daily basis.
In what ways has Crossfit changed your life?
I think the biggest thing is the community. I have always enjoyed working out, planning my own workouts and staying in shape, so I can’t say that it changed my life completely in that aspect, however for most it does. It has brought new people into my life, new friends and relationships, new experiences, and opened up a lot of new doors for me. It has definitely changed the way I feel about exercise, thats for sure. I don’t think I can ever go back to a Globo Gym and enjoy that environment, I have had to do that at times and it just does not compare to the feeling you get from a CrossFit workout and the environment a Box brings. When you become part of the CrossFit community you really do get all of those things in wrapped up in one, so how can you beat that?
What is your favorite cheat food?
Pizza, a good slice of pizza.
Do you take any vitamins or supplements?
Yes, multivitamin, fish oil, B Complex, Creatine Monohydrate, Whey Protein, Glucosamine, and on days I am feeling sluggish I take a Pre-Workout drink.
What is your advice for someone considering to try Crossfit for the first time?
100% without a doubt, go do it. Stop hesitating. The biggest thing we see with new members that walk into our Box is hesitation. Immediately upon conversing with them about what brought them to us they say, I saw it on TV, saw our Box, or a friend told me about it, but I was afraid to try it. After one class their perception has changed completely. I think what is most important of all is, find a Box you feel comfortable with. Every CrossFit can run their Box the way they want, so you have to find one that you enjoy going to, with coaches you like, members you feel comfortable with, and a program you enjoy. There is no shortage of CrossFit Boxes around, if one does not work for you, go to another. There will always be one that you feel is right for you. If you don’t like the Coaching, move on, that is something I believe is very important.
Where do you see CrossFit in the next 10 years?
Good question, and a topic that comes up often our members as well as coaches. I honestly think that CrossFit will become widely accepted as part of the fitness community that it won’t be seen as some intense, cult-like fitness regimen for crazy people who like to put their bodies through pain. We have such a broad member base, its great. Whether its a member who has lead a sendentary life for 40 years, or a former Division 1 Athlete, they all benefit in their own way from the same thing, and furthermore come to together for the same reason; you can’t help but appreciate that. It’s reasons like this that I see CrossFit becoming the norm for fitness. You can’t discount the media exposure too, its great for the sport and great for us as Affiliates. We have so many members that came to us after catching a glimpse of the CrossFit games on ESPN. Yes, we can make you look like Rich Froning…no problem.