Let's start with the easy stuff...
Name: Jason Webster
Hometown: Small Town, Louisiana
Fitness Background: I participated in sports as a kid and into my teens. Also took up lifting weights in my late teens and in college, but nothing serious. I had hopes of becoming a serious runner a few times, but shin splints nearly crippled me. At best, I was on and off with fitness throughout my adult years. At 40 I learned I had become skinny fat and thought it was “just part of getting older.”
Now onto the CrossFit stuff...
When did you first try CrossFit/what made you want to try it? In 2015 I went to my first class at Crossfit Elevate. Prior to 2015, a Facebook friend was heavy into CrossFit, posting lots of pictures and videos of the workouts. I was amazed at the physiological transformation my friend was experiencing, and I wanted to experience that as well. Not to mention my wife had been going to CrossFit for several months and I could see changes occurring for her as well. Now I just try to keep up with her. I’m also a big fan of Tim Ferriss - he has a Podcast on the good, bad, and ugly about Crossfit... It's great, listen to it!
What was your first CrossFit workout? I received a one-on-one session with Luke because I was new. It was a simple bench press work-out. I was sure he was like “yeah this guy is awesome.” I realize now he took it easy on me, clearly because I wasn’t fit. The first workout and metcon was power clean and some other exercises that nearly killed me…OMG, I was so terrible with the movements.
What made you stick with CrossFit? Well, it didn’t stick at first. I took a break after trying it for 3 months because I started a new job. Then I saw a picture of myself without a shirt on. OMG! My belly was fat and my arms and legs were skinny. All my life I could eat whatever I wanted without fear of gaining weight, but I suppose now that I’m aging it isn’t so easy to burn the fat. I was also feeling tired all the time, mentally as well as physically. Then I watched the 2016 CrossFit games and Fronning and wow, how inspiring! Shortly afterward I went back, making time for it in my busy schedule - thankfully to my wife, who wants me to be healthy and happy! What I love about CrossFit is I’m not tasked with defining my workout plan, someone else does that. Thanks Luke! And everyone attending is doing the same workout, which makes it easier to spot my weaknesses. There’s never any drudgery or dullness in the classes because it’s always new! Not to mention the people that become a part of our lives... the community atmosphere is really special.
Favorite WOD: The 55’s (17.4)! Even though I didn’t finish!
Least favorite WOD: Can’t think of one, but I’m sure it involves running…
Favorite movement: Deadlift. Because I feel so strong!
Least favorite movement/something that’s hard for you: Snatch, ugg… I suck at it.
What gets you through tough workouts? Simply put, wanting to get through the workout to prove to myself that I suck less than I did yesterday. The cheers from the others also help.
What keeps you motivated? Experiencing the results. When I look back to 2015, I couldn’t do more than 3 pull-ups without a band, nor could I jump rope very well or do any Olympic lift without suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage over the technical details. Needless to say, now I don’t require a band, I can do 100 double under’s in a reasonable time, and my Oly’s suck much less.
Proudest CrossFit moment to date? Just that CrossFit has become so much a part of my life that I consider it a necessity rather than a luxury.
Hobbies outside of CrossFit: Personal growth, spirituality, and being a good father, husband, and employee. Which, by the way, are areas CrossFit has also helped to improve.
Changes you’ve seen because of CrossFit: The mental toughness required to get through the workout spills over into every area of my life. My mom always says, “strong body, strong mind” and I believe this is true for me. I’ve only anecdotal evidence to prove it, but it seems the only contributor to those changes.
How has CrossFit helped you outside of the gym? In my work, I experience a lot of stress. Knowing I can “wear it out” at the gym makes me feel so good!
How do you balance working out with family life and a full-time job? It’s not easy, and I couldn’t do it without the support of my wife. It really helps that she feels as strongly about CrossFit as I do. But I had to make it a priority in my everyday routine. Now it's a part of me and I miss it when I’m unable to attend. But thanks to community WOD Saturday’s, I can make it up!
Last one! Why CrossFit Elevate? I love the atmosphere and the people are great. I love walking up to the tin building in the middle of a cow pasture with loud music, and the members just giving it their best makes it all worth it.