Member of the Month July 2015: Justin Frey

Published September 10, 2015

Congratulations to our July Member of the Month, Justin Frey!!!  

A Blurb From Coach James:  

Justin never quits. He may be quiet; he may be in the first, second, or the third gym, but he is in the gym.  It is always a pleasure when a member listens to the input of a coach – Justin listens. I have coached Justin off and on since he became a member, and he has always struck me as one of those people that embodies the work ethic of CrossFit and CFNWT: bring your best. Justin is now entering a new phase of his journey, focusing on strength to build that base we all need. I have no doubt he’ll continue to excel!

A Blurb From Coach Dan:
Justin is an especially hard worker but more than anything he’s been patient. He’s been coming to the Monday and Wednesday strength classes wanting to be stronger but most importantly he came in looking to do the movements correctly.  Since then he has trusted the numbers and plan and the results are coming.  He set a 20 pound PR on his Front Squat 5 rep max. 20 pounds over is previous 1 rep max. I’m looking forward to seeing more progress from him in the near future.

1. How did you find CrossFit?

I had two friends, who didn’t know each other, both started crossfit at roughly the same time. They talked (incessantly at times) about the workouts and the crossfit community. Within a few months I started to notice fairly significant physical changes in both of these guys. This coincided with a time in my life where I was trying to work out on my own but I really wasn’t enjoying it; I lacked the motivation and as a result I wasn’t seeing improvements in my own fitness. So I went in did an intro session and I was hooked. And I’ve been talking incessantly about crossfit ever since.    


2. What is your favorite CrossFit exercise or WOD?

Anything with running in it. The more the better. I was a distance runner in high school and college. So when a WOD has a lot of running in it I feel like I’m in my element.


3. What do you do for a living?

I test software on medical equipment that is used to help doctors diagnose cancer.


4. What are your goals?

I want to get to the point where I can RX most of the WOD’s. My biggest challenges are in strength and mobility. So a couple of months ago I started going to Dan’s Olympic and Powerlifting classes to work on building up strength and improving my skills in the lifts. I also try to stick around for about 15-20 minutes after every workout to focus on mobility and supportive strength exercises, usually around my shoulders which have a history of being temperamental.        

5. Any advice for future CrossFitters?

When you first start take it slow, spend more time than you think you need in the “lights” class, work on the fundamentals especially related to the more technical lifts. Speaking of lifts, spend time working on strength outside of the regular WOD’s. The Olympic and Powerlifting classes are great. I wish I would have gotten on board with those right from the start.


6. If you could have any super power, which and why?

Teleportation through space and time. Not only could I travel wherever I wanted but I could travel to whenever. And the best part...never have to set foot on a commercial airplane again.


7. Best vacation you've ever been on?

A few years back I was in between jobs and had some time to kill so I went traveling to India and Nepal. Traveling in that part of the world is a lot of work so I can’t really call it a vacation but while I was there I spent some time backpacking in the Himalayas up to Annapurna base camp. It was stunning scenery the whole way and just incredibly tranquil hiking these trails through small villages, farmland, forest and eventually on past the tree line to the edge of a glacier that was just outside of Annapurna base camp


8. Who inspires you?

I draw a ton of inspiration from my fellow crossfitters. There are some incredible athletes that consistently post crazy numbers in their WODs. I like to think I work out vicariously through them because I may never hit some of those marks. But more importantly I draw inspiration from the folks who show up consistently and despite whatever challenges or limitations they may have, put in the best effort they can for that day and leave the gym a little better than when they came in. And then they do it again the next day. Those people inspire me.


9. If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real or fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive) , which three people would you choose and why?

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. They are comedic geniuses and I think it would be the funniest luncheon in the history of luncheons.


10. What is one thing you miss about being a kid?

Not having to cook for myself.


11. Favorite quote?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tse



Curiosity. I’m curious to see how far I can go and what I can accomplish.


13. What can't you live without?

Baked sweet potato fries w/ chipotle seasoning and paleo mayonnaise, also with chipotle seasoning, to dip the fries friggin good.  


14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

In my early 20’s, right after graduating from college, I packed a backpack and left the country. I spent the next two years basically vagabonding around the Western Pacific and SE Asia. I suppose it seems strange to consider this an achievement but I really do. The whole experience vastly broadened my perspectives of the world and taught me a great deal about self-reliance and resourcefulness.


15. What 4 songs are on your workout playlist?

  1. Welcome to the Jungle - Gun ‘n Roses
  2. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
  3. Enter Sandman - Metallica
  4. Saving this spot for some of that bagpipe music that James likes to play. I have no idea who its by, but its good stuff :-)

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