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Jamil Clayton


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder

I started CrossFit around July of 2013. I worked out regularly on my own before starting CrossFit and was one of those people who criticized the sport and thought it was a fad. However, after doing a lot of research I decided to give it a try before passing judgement. My first workout included burpees, front squats, and pull ups. I was quickly humbled and immediately knew this was something I wanted to stick with.

The “grind” of a WOD is unlike anything you experience with any other workout regimen. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” is often the phrase I think of in the middle of a workout when I’m sucking wind. I love how each workout presents new challenges, both mentally and physically. Often times you come up with a plan to attack a WOD, and you find out quickly that it ain’t gonna work. There’s usually a point during most workouts where I’ll wonder what the hell I’m doing, but it’s so rewarding at the end to know that you fought through it, and as a result got a little better.

It took me a long time to even become “decent”, but the journey is the best part. The awesome community and challenging workouts make the journey so much more rewarding than setting any PR. Don’t get me wrong, it’s such a great feeling to get your first muscle up, or your first handstand push up, your first pull-up etc., but the community and relationships are what make CrossFit so special and set it apart from anything else. and the most rewarding thing I’ve experienced at CrossFit was meeting my wife!

  • Favorite WOD: Nasty Girls
  • Least Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty
  • Favorite Lift: Deadlift
  • Least Favorite Lift: Hang Power Snatch