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Our King of the Point is Jackson Wild! Everyone loves Jackson because he is so committed. Jackson is a busy professional with a demanding schedule, runner and CrossFitter. We are proud that our training has helped him build stamina to keep up that busy schedule. You can always count on Jackson to encourage you! We are proud of all that he has accomplished in such a short time with us. Thank you for choosing us! Please help me congratulate Jackson and get ready for his workout!

What brought you to East Boston?

– Cat and I moved to East Boston from JP right before I headed south to Virginia for grad school in 2014. Prior to that all I knew of Eastie was that the airport was here and I had heard Santarpio’s was good but it always seemed too far to go for pizza.

What drew you to CrossFit?

– My last year living in Oregon I went to the Skogg Kettlebell Gym a bunch. Between that and the nearly 1,000-foot climb over Portland’s west hills on my bike ride to work I felt really fit. During grad school I lived in the library and OR – while eating free hospital food like I may never eat again. My classmate Coffee dubbed what I had during morning breaks my “breakfast pile”. After school I really wanted to work on getting fit again and knew from the kettlebells that I wanted to start CrossFit when I got back to Boston.

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day?

– That I would get in a good work-out. I didn’t know how awesome the people here would be or how nice it would be to see so many familiar faces around the neighborhood.

What keeps you coming back to CJP?

– The coaches and all the athletes. CJP is such a welcoming, friendly place. I had walked past other gyms before filled with sweaty shirtless dudes who looked like they had wandered in off the movie set of 300 and couldn’t imagine what it would it be like to be new in a spot like that. Everyone here is just so encouraging.

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

– Stringing some double-unders together feels nice. Lifting heavy things seems a long way off for me. I like watching the athletes who have really crisp movements with loaded-up bars. The bar work is definitely a struggle.

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?

– Burpees, lateral burpees, bar-over burpees, some more burpees. Also running, rowing, box jumps, wall balls, and push-ups. But also overhead squats. Because they still seem kind of impossible.

Meat head nickname (with explanation)?

– I played tenor sax in the marching band. Only kids on the drumline had meat head names.

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say?

– Do it. Coming to CJP will become part of your week that you really look forward to.