18.1 and Our Athlete of the Month!

18.1 and Our Athlete of the Month!

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Tomorrow is the day!!  At 5pm, Crossfit will announce the first workout (also known as 18.1) of the Open!  Games Director, Dave Castro, will let the world know what 18.1 is and immediately Crossfit Athletes Samantha Briggs and Kristin Holte will then compete in said workout.  I am so excited, this is it!  The season we have been talking about for months!  Why do we do this?  Because Crossfit is about community.  It’s about hard work, dedication and persistence.  It’s about not giving up.  It is about competing against yourself and pushing hard.  It’s about encouraging your fellow athlete in class, about cheering each other on.  Tomorrow, when the first workout is announced, everyone in the world who does Crossfit will be doing that same wod over the next couple of days.  Everyone will take a deep breath, dig deep and get to work!  I can’t wait.  I’m nervous and elated!  What does Dave Castro have in store?!  We will get to do 18.1 on Friday, and if you are signed up for the Crossfit Open you will get an opportunity to do it (or redo it) Sunday and Monday morning.  Those of you signed up for the Open you will have to submit your scores by 5pm on Monday!  Don’t forget!

This month we turn our focus to one amazing Jablete in our community, John!  John has been a dedicated member since 2013 which makes him part of the original group of Jabletes in our gym, dedicated to the early 6:30am group and an incredible marathon runner.  Clearly John enjoys those running wods more than most of us!  John, thank you for being such a valuable member of our community!













 name: John Piccola 
 age: 48
where did you grow up? Rome N.Y. 
when did you begin at Jab Crossfit?  Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?  This is the first and only place I have done CrossFit and I started way back in fall 2013.
what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit? I work for the government providing oversight for Boeing system for airplane design/certification, help raise two teenagers with my wife (of 20 years), take on extensive remodel projects, and run!
how did you first hear about Crossfit?  I had joined Alpha earlier that same year for kickboxing / Muay Thai and heard about this new CrossFit program!
when did you realize Crossfit was right for you?  Right after I started when I realized the potential strength gains and after my but was kicked in such a short amount of time for my first WOD
what is your favorite wod/movement/lift? My favorite WOD is Helen because it involves both running and kettlebell swings and not a ridiculous amount of pull ups.  My favorite strength exercise is back squats as it just seems so fundamental to everything we do (on and out of class).
what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift? I don’t love burpees, who does, and I’m still struggling  on successful double unders so those are both up there for different reasons. Similarly, with continuing shoulder woes I don’t look forward to workouts that involve a snatch/overhead squat.
what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do?  I never thought I would deadlift or back squat what I have
what motivates you to get through a wod? Just like a running race first it’s finishing then it’s trying to push harder for that best time.  Of course it helps if I try (emphasis on try) to keep a modified pace to Brian.
tell us something about yourself that we may not know.  I soloed (flew by myself) in an airplane when I was 15, I have flown a helicopter and driven a race car around the Las Vegas race track
what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit?  Focus on getting good form, modify as needed (down time due to injury does not help), and have fun
do you have any Crossfit goals?  I’d like to increase form/efficiency in squat cleans (after I recover from our last WOD), back squat increase, and find the right balance in increasing pull up efficiency without injury!
what do you love most about Crossfit? The 6:30 am class and coach!
Keep moving!