Athletes of the Month!

by Carissa Mellroth

Jabletes!

This month we celebrate two of our athletes that go way back to the beginning of Jab Crossfit!  Tonya and Adrian are two incredible athletes who come in every week and not only push themselves to give their all (INTENSITY!!!) but are most welcoming and supportive of everyone in our gym!  Thank you for being such an important part of our community and for always bringing good stories to share and making everyone laugh!  We couldn’t picture Jab without you two!

* I especially appreciate Tonya’s words of wisdom (see below) and how cool that her dad holds the record at UW for rope climbing?!  I’d also love to hear Adrian play the banjo!

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name: Tonya Clegg
age: 6.57142857 Dog Years
where did you grow up?  Mean streets of Okinawa, Seattle, Taiwan
when did you begin at Jab Crossfit?  Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?   Started in the early days with Tyler, just a couple of months after Jab was born.
what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit?  Nurture young beings.  Write.  Volunteer with the University Food Bank Packs-for-Kids program and as a parent educator for suicide prevention (Forefront).
how did you first hear about Crossfit?  My husband, Adrian, talked me into going.  I was trying to placate him by showing up for a single class, but was soon hooked.  Go figure!
when did you realize Crossfit was right for you?  Immediately.  It felt so wrong it had to be right.
what is your favorite wod/movement/lift?  In no particular order:  box jumps, kettle bells and complaining.
what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift?  I don’t do HSPU, but it’s nothing personal.
what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do?  Climb a rope!  I could never get off the ground in grade school gym class.  My dad still holds the rope climb record at the UW (legs out parallel to the floor, not circus wrap, of course).  I am an embarrassment to the family name no more!
what motivates you to get through a wod?  Imagining the icy grip of The Reaper and only a heavy back squat will keep me out of his clutches.
tell us something about yourself that we may not know  I lived a few years in Tucson and worked awhile as a hiking guide.  I know my cactus.  I am expert at removing needles from flesh.  If you tell a group of newbie desert hikers “do not touch that,” invariably, someone will.
what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit?  Don’t pick at your callouses when stopped at traffic lights.  People can still see you.
do you have any Crossfit goals?   Keep on truckin’!
what do you love most about Crossfit?  I love my coaches and classmates.  I also love the slightly inappropriate/double entendre lingo used in the box. ;-)
name:  Adrian Whorton
age:  45
where did you grow up?  Born and raised in Ravenna
when did you begin at Jab Crossfit?  Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?  I believe I was the first official student at Jab – back with Ms. Kristin it was spring of (I think) 2013
This was my first Crossfit experience.  My personal trainer at the time suggested I try it just as Alpha started offering it
what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit?  When not at crossfit,  I spend time with my beautiful wife (when she’s not at crossfit) and kids, ski, play basketball and occasionally practice emergency medicine
how did you first hear about Crossfit?  I heard about Jab while my son was training for his black belt at Alpha
when did you realize Crossfit was right for you?  I’m down with any activity that makes me want to vomit.  My first WOD was overhead squats and 400 meter sprints – I was hooked
what is your favorite wod/movement/lift?  My favorite movement is bar muscle ups because I worked so long at being able to do them
what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift?  My least favorite movement is thrusters because they suck
what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do?  I never thought I’d deadlift more than twice my body weight
what motivates you to get through a wod?  I’m motivated by knowing that everyone else in the gym is working just as hard and suffering just as much as I am and I don’t want to let my team down
tell us something about yourself that we may not know:  I play the banjo
My Crossfit goals:  ring muscle ups, a sub five minute Fran and to clean and jerk my body weight (205)
what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit?  I’ve done a lot of exercising in my life and would advise someone just trying crossfit that there’s nothing else out there that changes your body and mind for the better.  The learning of Olympic lifting and gymnastics is an investment in time and effort, but the confidence and pride it brings is well worth it.  Also, for most of us, once you leave college, it’s rare to be part of a team.  Crossfit offers that same group suffering and support that’s invaluable to be a part of.
Keep moving!
Carissa

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