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2/13/2014

By Jen | In Testimonials | on February 13, 2014

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION 

John Bryan

Give us a little background about yourself.

I grew up in Richmond, went to school at St. Christopher’s. I then went to UVa and graduated with a BA in 1981. Moved to California and trained as a decathlete – like 100 guys, I wanted to be the next Bruce Jenner! Worked in Richmond for 2 years, got married then went to Law School at UofR.
Finished law school and went to work for our family business- Alleghany Warehouse Company in 1991.

How did you hear about West End CrossFit?

I heard about CrossFit from a friend at SealTeamPT. I looked at all the Boxes and realized I knew Tim from his James River days!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I have three children 23,24, and 25!

What music can we find currently playing in your car?

Something with a heavy beat before wod, jazz after….

What current things are you working towards in your health, training, career and/or personal life?

I am on the “life is a journey, not a destination”  right now. Eat well, exercise, rest properly and think positively!  I learned that saying from my karate class where I am after my black belt.  Short term, I want to go to the Crossfit Games – my best friend lives in Santa Monica, so my wife and I can go and have a great time on 2 fronts.  Long term, I want to make Fran my friend! She still scares me. No, seriously, I enjoy trying new workouts and setting new goals. Crossfit is definitely my “adult recess” time. I want to stay healthy and be able to water ski or snowboard with my kids and grandkids (when the time comes).  Career- work over the past couple of years has been quite “exciting” – we have been in a wrestling match with an “800 lb gorilla”. We are beaten but not broken.   Let’s just say, we are now thankful for the recent US economic rebound.

Tell us about your most memorable WOD at WECF.

Each day is such a self-discovery at CrossFit. Most of the time I ask myself “Can I actually do this WOD?” However, there was one “fun Friday” last summer where I really thought I had a break through workout. 4 x 2 rope climbs, 4-squat cleans @185 & 100meter Sprint.  I barely could run the 100 meters each time, but I really thought it was a big day for me.

What would you tell someone who is interested in training with WECF?

I would tell the person interested in WECF  to try it ( a few months or ‘till the soreness wears off, whichever comes first!) and compare Crossfit to any other exercise they have ever done. Crossfit produces quantifiable results. Also, I am a bit ADD and like the variation of the workouts, so I would tell them to pick an area an work on it.  With Crossfit, your whole body is under attack- not just one muscle group :-)  . I only regret CrossFit wasn’t  around 30 years ago.

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