Congratulations to our Member of the Month! Jeff Varnes!

What did you think about CrossFit before you walked through the doors for the first time?

I was really intimidated because I hadn't spent much of my life in gyms.  I'd always heard about the intensity of CrossFit workouts, but the returns/rewards were huge...which I've found to be very true.


What kept you coming back?

I had been running for the last 25 years and not doing much else to stay in shape.  My knees were hurting and, while I had good endurance, my strength wasn't there.  I was looking to cut back on running but wanted something that would maintain my endurance and get me strong.  CrossFit workouts, with the regular mix of lifting and calisthenics, turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.  Aside from the great workouts, I also love CrossFit for the fact that there's a coach telling me what to do and how to do it, the unbelievably supportive community of coaches and fellow CrossFitters, and the technical movements that continue to challenge me every time I try them (bar movements, kipping anything, HSPU's, T2B's, etc.).


Jeff started almost a year and a half ago with his wife Nicole and you can find them at 5am most  mornings if there isn't a school that day because a snowflake has touched the ground.  What the coaches love most about Jeff is he's fairly reserved, easily coachable and when the workout of the day starts he gives it everything he's got!  Hard work paid off for him recently too when he got his first bar muscle up as the entire gym cheered him on!


What might you tell someone who is still on the fence about trying CrossFit?

Along with sharing all of the things that keep me coming back, I'd say not to be intimidated as everything can be scaled or modified.  I'd say to commit to trying it for a month or two and they'll be hooked and on the way to being in the best shape of their life.


What’s your favorite WOD/Movement? 

7 Minutes of Burpees.  Just kidding...probably something like Helen.  I like the mix of running, KB swings and pullups.


What is the last thing you googled? 

"Top Crossfit WODs"


What is a weird fact that people may not know about yourself?

I was once bitten by a black widow spider 


If you could choose one superpower what would it be and why?

Superhuman endurance because it would suit me well for CrossFit and other extracurricular activities that I'm into.


What was the first concert you ever saw?

KISS.  Sometime in the early 80's.


What new skill will you have a year from now?

Butterfly...pullups, T2B, etc.