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Wednesday, October 3rd 2012 – Athlete Profile: Juma Wood

Athlete Profile: Juma Wood Hometown: Vancouver BC Age: 38 When did you first start Crossfit?: April 2012 When did you first start training at CFK?: April 2012     Favorite WOD: Grace Least Favorite Wod: Anything with Burpees Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I trained in competitive martial arts as a younger lad. I followed that up with 10 years of being lazy, fat and unhealthy. How did you first get exposed to crossfit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it? How did it feel? My friend Bergen urged me to go. He told me that Coach Fynn ran a great operation and that I’d get hooked. Also, he was tired of seeing me being lazy, fat and unhealthy. I don’t remember my first WOD, but one of my firsts was the Filthy Fifty. Honestly, I thought the whole thing was insane, impossible, designed by masochists masquerading as coaches. I finished in about 6 hours (or so it felt), collapsed, felt the oncoming waves of vomit and honestly wondered if that was my last class. Now, I can’t wait until that WOD comes up again, so I can kill it. What sort of changes have you seen in your body,health and fitness since starting CF? Unbelievable. I’ve added strength, endurance, speed and just enough mobility so that Coach Alexi lets me put weight on the bars now for overhead squats. My energy levels have jacked way up, and I generally feel more alert, relaxed and stable in my body. What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I’ve transformed my diet. Crap is gone and it’s no sacrifice. Vegetables taste better than they ever have before. Please share with us any favorite crossfit moments We were doing sets of 40 body weight deadlifts sandwiching a 5Km run. Robsy was the coach. The weight was too much for me to keep good form. She kept urging me to take weight off. I was stubborn and wouldn’t listen. I ended up doing less than my 40 before total failure. Disappointed with me, and realizing that she wasn’t getting through, Robsy finally yelled at me, with all the ferocity and love you can imagine ‘The only thing you worked on today is your ego!’. That’s the last time I’ve questioned a coach, not to mention being one of the best lines I’ve ever heard. Any advice for people just getting started? Keep showing up. No matter how much resistance, no matter how hard. Keep showing up. One day, a light will switch on, you’ll cross a point of no return, and then each and every day you’ll crave that WOD, you’ll look forward to seeing those familiar faces that are there to help, support and challenge you. This can and will transform your life if you let it. And all you have to do is keep showing up. What are your hobbies, interests and or talents outside of CF? I play soccer, watch hockey, am writing a book about organizational culture in the information age, and speak to groups of people, large and small, about the world around them and the potential within.