ATHLETE/COACH: Coach Jeff can be seen on the floor running select classes on Thursdays and Fridays during the day, so some of you may not have had the pleasure of being coached by him. However, I doubt that many of you are unfamiliar with Jeff as an athlete, he is always calm and collected and crushing whatever weights are in his way. AND if you follow Jeff on any social media I am sure you have picked up on the fact that he is particular about a lot of things when it comes to keeping your body healthy and strong. He’s been known to spread a few hashtags (#squateverydamnday, #TheWaterGuy). If you haven’t done his Gallon a Day Challenge, you should try it. Hope you all enjoy getting to know Jeffrey a little bit more!
1. Where did you grow up?
Harrisburg, PA born and raised.
2. What is your athletic background?
Baseball, Football, and Track in High School. Baseball in college.
3. How did you get started with CrossFit?
After baseball in college, I was still working out on my own (Arm day son). I was getting bored with the “routine” and was searching for workouts online and came across Crossfit. I was hooked.
4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?
I came to 717 the first time during the Open in 2014 while I was still in school. I just came down every Friday for #FNL and I knew after I graduated, I had to come back. Two weeks after i graduated college, i joined as a member. I’ve been here ever since.
5. What is your favorite type of CrossFit workout (ex: AMRAP, EMOM, Chipper, etc.)?
Chippers ALL DAY everyday. Mentally it’s so much easier just checking movements off the list, knowing you don’t have to come back to that.
6. What exercises/WODs do you dislike?
Wall balls. I actually dislike and like them for the same exact reason. It’s all a mental game. Nobody fails a wall ball. It’s not like failing a heavy clean or a muscle up. You stop wall balls because it hurts and you just can’t take the pain at that moment. So I dislike/like them because you can always do one more.You can always do one more wall ball.
7. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Dan D. sent me a text in October 2014 asking if i would like to coach the lunch class that Thursday. Was very nervous but ever since then, coaching has become the thing i’m most proud of at 717. Seeing someone PR a lift or improve a movement based on the cues you give them is an awesome feeling.
8. What is your biggest goal in life?
For people to know/remember me as a caring, selfless person, who worked hard for what he got, made no excuses, never complained, and lived a life my parents, children, and friends could be proud of. Since all of that is pretty subjective, a lot of people know I care a lot about health/longevity. So something a little concrete is to live until the age of 140. #Roadto140
9. Where did you go to high school/college?
Harrisburg High School/ Shippensburg University.
10. What is your current occupation?
Crossfit Coach/ Baseball Coach/ PE teacher
11. Who is your favorite CrossFit Athlete?
Whoever has the coolest Instagram Post that day.
12. What is your favorite movie and why?
Every Harry Potter movie. I don’t think I need to explain
13. What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?
The pullup rig closest to the front door has a bar in the center of it smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy. I could do pullups on that thing all day and not tear. Plus I don’t have to jump up to it or put plates underneath. It’s like it was made for me. We’re a perfect couple and I feel a slight sense of guilt every time I betray that bar. But whenever we’re together, we make beautiful movements.
14. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Complainers. I know people who seem to have nothing. Go through hell and have been through hell and continue to work hard and do what they need to do. At the same time I know people who seem to have everything. Lucky in terms of the hand they were dealt in life, and will complain every single day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY; about something. The things you complain about, I know someone would be lucky to have. I know it’s all about perspective, but man. That eats me up.
15. What is one thing you have never done that we would be surprised about?
People see me eat raw eggs all the time and i’ve probably had close to if not more than 1000. They are quick easy cheap calories for me (I don’t eat as much as I should). One time I knocked back a whole dozen and yet I have never gotten food poisoning or salmonella or whatever other sickness out there raw eggs are claimed to cause.
16. Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
I went to Minnesota for a week long baseball tournament when I was 18. It wasn’t really the destination. It was moreso the people I was with and what we were doing. That was a fun week.
17. What would you say is your worst personality trait and why?
I’m actually really quiet. I like being by myself. I enjoy it, but it can be kind of a turn off.
18. Did you or do you have a nickname? What’s the story behind it?
No nicknames really, but in the gym i’ll put JAB2 as my name because there are like 4 Jeff’s at the box.
19. What is your favorite genre of music to workout to? What are your top 3 workout songs?
As John pointed out recently, “Jeff’s a trooper” HAHA. I really don’t care what’s playing when i’m working out because I don’t really hear the music anyway. If a good song comes on pre-wod, it gets me hype. But once 3-2-1 go hits, I don’t hear a thing.
20. Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Without a doubt my dad. I’ve never wanted to be like anyone else but him.
21. What do you feel is the most important invention in the past 100 years and why?
A year or 2 ago, I think I said synthetic insulin. That’s still important. Now i’m convinced it’s the internet. I’m always on there reading such a wide range of topics. One minute i’m reading about the Krebs cycle or something, the next i’m laughing at a Joe Biden meme. So much out there online. I’ve probably googled the words “Benefits of.. (insert anything) “ more than anybody. I once googled “Benefits of using google”
22. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?
I like to read books on health, wellness, training. My mom also calls me a sleep addict. I will do everything I can to be in bed by 9:30 pm. I love to sleep.