Jack’s Story

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Dec

Jack’s Story

For the first part of my childhood I was raised by my mother/four “loving” sisters. I was always extremely hyper as a child, so I’m told, so my mother was constantly modifying my diet to avoid whatever foods seemed to set me off. She always seemed to be intuitive in the ways of nutrition. I was diagnosed very early on with ADHD but rather than medicate me my mother chose to treat me with diet. She would treat the flare ups with black coffee rather than prescribed stimulants like Ritalin. For this part of my life I was slim and fit and in general good health even though I was not overly active and played no type of sport.
I went to live with my father, the truck driver, at age 12 and if anyone has ever seen a truck driver eat, you would know that they don’t have the best habits. I lived with him for 9 months and decided I wanted to be home again. When I got home and went back to my old school, things were different. My friends were treating me different. Making fun of me even. I hadn’t even realized it but I had gained a huge amount of weight and was now what you would consider overweight. This was difficult for me as I was always fit and had never encountered being made fun of. The people who were my best friends were really cruel to me. My mother tried to get me back on track but by this time most of my sisters were moved out of the house and not around to help. Working fulltime to support me and my remaining sisters she was unable to keep track of me well enough. I stuck this out for a couple years but I was very depressed. I moved back with my father for high school. It was a small town and people didn’t seem to care that I was not exactly the picture of fitness. I was happier but continued to hold the weight. I did become more active with snowboarding and skateboarding so that may have helped me from getting bigger.
After high school I did what most do and ate, drank, and partied. Eventually I found a good woman and settled down. One year we decided to have a family photo taken. When we got the pictures back I didn’t even recognize the face I was seeing. How could I have gotten this way? I instantly started thinking of my overweight, diabetic father. I was starting to look just like him. I franticly started trying to find out how to lose weight. I got a scale and weighed in at 297lbs. I started out with Atkins. This worked great, no exercise and all the bacon I could eat. I lost 80lbs in 3 months. I got a little complacent with this and floated around between 200 and 250lbs for the next couple years. Next I thought a treadmill and simply for life was the way to go. I started going for 2+ hours a day on the treadmill and following simply for life. I ended up at 176 lbs, looking like someone had sucked the fat out of my face with a vacuum, zero muscle tone and still a bunch of belly fat.
I tried various workouts and gyms trying to get fit and stay at the ideal 176ish lbs. I did manage to put on some muscle but my weight was back up in the 200’s again and still had all the belly fat. I heard of this CrossFit thing and thought it may be an answer. I went in with Brigitte and tried a class with Kevin. I was hooked. I convinced Brigitte to tag along and my obsession was born. Today with Paleo and CrossFit I sit at, and easily maintain, a healthy weight and bodyfat percentage. I have gone from not active at all and never having competed in anything to doing a Tough Mudder, coming in second place in a CrossFit competition, finishing a 10k in 43 minutes and a half marathon in 1 hour and 40 minutes. My friends don’t make fun of me anymore about being fat but sometimes they do make fun of me for walking funny after a WOD with any kind of squats in it.
Strength – 5RM Front Squats
3 rounds
20 Double Unders
20 Front Squats (95/65# or 50%)
20 Double Unders
20 Push Press (same)
*15 min cap
Jack's before and after

Jack’s before and after

87 Responses

  1. Valerie Arseneau

    1) great story Jack!! I recall seeing something like this on your Facebook and I was impressed! Good work, buddy!

    2) does it still work the same when you are on the wait list for a class? Can I still show up?

    Thanks!

  2. WU x 1 (strict)
    20m inch worm
    20m reverse lunges
    250m row
    Lacrosse Ball

    Front Squat x 5
    95-135-155-135-135

    WOD: 3 Rounds
    – 20 Double Unders
    – 20 Front Squats (50% of push press = 65#)
    – 20 Double Unders
    – 20 Push Press

    Time: 9:55

    1. Jenn Brander

      So awesome Jack. I respect the hard work and effort you’ve put in over the years. It certainly is something you should be proud of.

    2. Blake

      You’re awesome Jack. It’s not your run times or your WOD scores that impress me the most (although they are usually pretty impressive), it’s just your pure determination to keep working hard no matter what you are doing.

      Thanks for sharing your great story bud!

  3. Corinna

    Awesome story Jack! I have an enormous amount of respect for your work ethic and your commitment to any goal you set for yourself. We love having you and Brigitte at CFM. Keep up the great work!

  4. Vanessa Champion

    Strength: 5RM front squats
    65-75-85-95-95
    20# PR!!!!!! 😀

    WOD: 3 rounds of
    20 DU or 60 singles
    20 front squats
    60 singles
    20 push press
    50% of push press for WOD=35#

    13:20 time
    Might have been a little faster if I didn’t bash my nose in the second round of push press. I really have to focus on getting my head back. My nose can only take so much haha

    1. Lora

      Holy crap! Nice PR on the Front Squats 🙂
      Great time on the WOD too.
      Oh, and don’t feel too bad about bashing your nose. We’ve all done it. Some more than once ———> me *blush*

  5. Amanda

    Jack – I really enjoy coaching you and wod’ing with you, watching you attack every wod with so much intensity. You have so much passion for CrossFit and your goals, you’re a real inspiration for others. Thanks for always giving us 110% – and for always making me laugh. 🙂

    1. Joanna

      Sorry Jack, there is no masters division at Regionals (currently). Maybe they will introduce one by 2018? Right now the top 20 based on worldwide standings (not regional) in each age division qualify directly to the Games.
      Congrats on all your accomplishments!

      1. Jack

        Thanks for bursting my bubble. I quit.

        Yeah right!! I guess I’ll go for regionals in 2017 and show all the young bucks what’s up. 🙂

  6. bradley

    great storey jack keep it up buddy

    mobility x 1

    push press
    95, 110, 120, 135, 150 x5
    overhead squat
    85, 90, 95, 105, 110 x5

    3 rounds
    20 DU
    20 FS
    20 PP

    7:29 rx

    great sod up here in campbellton

  7. Kevin Mack

    Mobility
    Partial WU
    20m inch worm
    20m reverse lunges

    Group Mobility

    Front Squat x 5
    95-135-155-165-185#

    WOD: 3 Rounds
    – 20 Double Unders(scaled to 60 singles)
    – 20 Front Squats (50% of push press = 75#)
    – 20 Double Unders(scaled to 60 singles)
    – 20 Push Press

    Time: DNF (made it to 1 PP in the 3rd round)

    1. Lora

      185# FS x 5reps? You’re using big boy weights now 😛 Way to go! I know I say this all the time but I am always impressed by your progress. 🙂

  8. Blake

    Mish-Mash Warm-Up

    Barbell Smashing / Barbell Warmup

    Front Squat x 5
    135 – 155 – 175 – 175 – 175 (hip flexor felt “ok”, but didn’t want to push it too much yet)

    WOD:
    3 Rounds of:
    — 20 DU
    — 20 Front Squats @ 85#
    — 20 DU
    — 20 Push Press @ 85#
    TIME: 12:30

    All doubles! Got a couple good strings in there. Oddly enough even on the squats it was my arms that wanted to give out…

  9. Sebastian

    Front Squat (x5)
    95-135-155-175-185 (PR for reps)

    WOD:
    3 Rounds of:
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Front Squats @ 85#
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Push Press @ 85#
    TIME: 13:28

    My last class before the holdidays – Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year!

  10. Melanie

    Jack your story is truyly inspiring! Great work!Mobility

    WUx1
    20m inch worm
    20m Reverse lunges

    Strength: Front squat (x5)

    95-105-115-120-125 (10# PR)

    WOD:
    20 DU
    20 Front squat @ 45# (should have gone a little higher in weight…I think!?)
    20DU
    20 Push Press

    Time: 10:49

    1. Amanda

      Did you do the 50% as per what was on the board? If my calculations are correct, that would have put you at RX weight for this wod..

  11. Shawn Johnson

    Awesome story Jack! About 6 months or so ago I helped spot your back squat… I can’t remember how much it was but I remember thinking that maybe in 2 or 3 YEARS I might be able to get close to that weight!

    Yesterday’s snow day WOD in Florida

    4 rds of 25 burpees with 1 min rest between each round

    Time 8:30

  12. Jackie

    Mob
    Wux1
    Group warm up & group mobility

    Strength – front squat
    60/65/70/75/80-ran out of time 🙁

    WOD 3 dreaded rounds!
    60 singles
    20- front squats @ 50lbs
    60 singles
    20 push press
    Time:11:45 (I think ish)

    What a sucky WOD! Didnt look hard….I’m happy I dropped my weight!

    Thanks Kevin great class
    Good job 4:15!

  13. Chris

    Barbell Smashing / Barbell Warmup

    Front Squat x 5
    135-155-185-205-225-245(2)

    WOD:
    3 Rounds of:
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Front Squats @ 95#
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Push Press @ 95#
    TIME: 10:59

  14. Spencer

    Barbell Smashing / Barbell Warmup

    Front Squat x 5
    65-85-95-105-115

    WOD:
    3 Rounds of:
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Front Squats @ 65#
    – 20 DU
    – 20 Push Press @ 65#
    TIME: 10:32

  15. Sarah

    WU x 1 (strict)
    barbell smash

    Front Squat x 5
    65-75-85-95-105(3)

    WOD: 3 Rounds
    – 60 Singles
    – 20 Front Squats (50% of push press = 50#)
    – 60 Singles
    – 20 Push Press @ 50#

    Time: 10:44

  16. Amanda

    Strength: Front Squats
    5x 95-100-105-115-120

    WOD with 55#: 12:33

    I was so excited to finish this beast! It had me nervous. It was a good one.

  17. CAM

    Awesome story Jack! Truly inspirational! 🙂

    WU X 1
    Strength: Front Squats:
    135 – 155 – 165 – 185 – 205

    WOD:
    12: something… could be anything 😀 too destroyed to remember, closer to 13 im sure.

    This was so difficult, I knew it was going to be bad when I started feeling the beginning pulls of cramps in my hammies before the WOD even started Too much coffee and very little water today UGH.

    Cashout: 3 muscle ups.

    Nice meeting and sharing the bar with you Jason.

    Thanks Coach Kevin.

  18. Valerie Arseneau

    WU X 1
    Strength: Front Squats:
    55-70-80-95-105 (PR 5#) was a good squat day!

    WOD:
    3 rounds
    20 Double Unders
    20 Front Squats (55#)
    20 Double Unders
    20 Push Press (same)
    *15 min cap

    Time:14:59.8
    Mis-calculating your weight hurts! When I realized the weight was too much, Kev yelled out “10 seconds!”. So I decided to stick with 55# and try it. Lost lots of time on the first 2 sets of DU but thankfully the other 4 were unbroken. That is what saved me.

    Thanks Corinna and Gillyon for the lovely yelling/cheering.

    Thanks Kevin!

  19. Jack

    Hang clean + front squat (1+5)
    135,155,185,205,225

    Wod: 3 rounds
    20 du
    20 front squats @ 95#
    20 du
    20 push press @ 95#

    12:52 RX’d

    Not bad considering my rope exploded at du 18 of round 1. Found another rope but couldn’t string more than 5 together.

  20. Frank

    Awesome story Jack, you rock!
    wux1
    20m inch worm
    20m reverse lunges
    Group Mobility

    Front Squat x 5
    135-155-185-225-245(2)

    WOD: 3 Rounds
    – 20 Double Unders(scaled to 60 singles)
    – 20 Front Squats (95#)
    – 20 Double Unders(scaled to 60 singles)
    – 20 Push Press (95#)
    time = 14:56 – struggled on the presses

    1. Jack

      You ain’t so bad yourself. Heavy front squats. I’ve never tried that much.

      Only problem with working from the floor is my max clean is 225 so it’s kinda hard to go past that. 🙂

      1. Amanda

        NOT using the rack once in a while to get stronger at squats isn’t going to help you in a competition.. I’m pretty sure about this.

  21. Steph L

    Mobility
    WUx1
    20m inch worm
    20m reverse lunges

    Strength: Front Squats

    65-75-90-100-110(PR) 10#PR!!

    WOD: 3 Rounds
    – 20 Double Unders
    – 20 Front Squats (50% of push press = 50#)
    – 20 Double Unders
    – 20 Push Press @ 50#

    Time: 10:02

    Great Work 5:45 Crew!!

  22. Kimmy

    Mobility
    WU

    Inchworms and reverse lunges

    Group WU

    Strength: Front squat (x5)

    135-155-165-175 (I stopped here so no PRs tonight. Short on time and gas)

    WOD:
    20 DU
    20 Front squat 65#
    20 DU
    20 Push Press 65#

    Time: 11:34 Rx

  23. Jeremy L

    Mobility
    Wu X

    Strength – 5RM Front Squats up to 175
    With Jimmy and Marcel fun sharing the bar with you Jimmy and Marcel

    3 rounds
    20 Double Unders
    20 Front Squats (95/65# or 50%)
    20 Double Unders
    20 Push Press (same)
    *15 min cap

    Rx 14.36
    Fun class Kevin

  24. Craig H

    Mob
    Wu
    5rm front squat
    155,185,205,215,225pr

    Wod: 3 rounds 15 min cap
    20 du
    20 front squats 85#
    20 du
    20 push press 85#
    Time 12:03 over paced myself thought I would burn out need to go faster next time.

    Jeremy you must be physic you called this one before it even began.

    Great job jack can’t wait to get a little stronger and give you a good challenge at some wod’s.

  25. Gillyon

    Jack, I love your story! Your drive for fitness and health is beyond inspiring.

    Front squats (5) 65-75-95-105. Should have done the last set…but ran out of time. I needed to get set up and have my nervous pee break before the WOD.

    WOD @55lbs
    10:32
    Crazy, good WOD.

    Val…your push was awesome tonight. Way to finish. Corinna…you are beast. Unreal time. Ps. I think beasts are hot. 🙂

    1. Corinna

      Great job on the WOD tonight Gillyon! Gosh, I wish we could WOD together more often! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that Dave gets home safely on Sunday!

  26. Marcel

    WU x 1 (strict)

    20m inch worm
    20m reverse lunges

    Lacrosse Ball

    Front Squat x 5

    135-155-165-175

    WOD: 3 Rounds

    – 20 Double Unders
    – 20 Front Squats (50% of push press = 85#)
    – 60 singles
    – 20 Push Press

    DNF by the time cap got to 2 push press in last round, brutal WOD. Great sharing the bar with Kimmie & Jeremy.

  27. Heidi

    Front squats x 5

    95-105-115-125-130 (x2) on last set

    WOD @ 50#
    Time = 13:50

    Push presses were brutal

    Love reading about your journey to fitness Jack. Congrats on your accomplishments

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