Jeff Sullivan – Member of the Month

Jeff Sullivan has been an integral part of our community since the day he set foot in the Southie box. Shortly after he started, he volunteered his entire weekend to help keep things on lock down during the CFS garage games. Jeff continues to volunteer his free time to help around the box including the countless hours he put in during the recent expansion of Southie HQ.
Jeff wouldn’t miss a CFS social event if he was held at gunpoint and he continues to impress during WODs as he has come such a long way in a short amount of time. We are very fortunate to have Jeff as a part of our community and proud to award him with the member of the month.
If anyone is interested, Jeff is having a 26th birthday celebration this Saturday night. Also, he is currently looking for a new place to live in Southie. If anyone needs or knows of someone that is looking for a roommate, post to comments or email Jeff directly at [email protected]. Here’s more from Jeff…

Goose and Amy,

I can’t even begin to thank you both for giving me such tremendous opportunity as being Member of the Month. I was pretty much in shock when I was told about member of the month, thinking that when Goose said “Sully I have a surprise for you” I was thinking either A) Goose had been holding out on me about new hoodies to add to my CrossFit Southie gear collection or B) Somebody was gonna pop out from behind the counter and say I was on Punk’d haha. I definitely couldn’t have made it through all the WOD’s without the help of you both and everyone’s support in the CrossFit Southie Family. SO MANY things coming up this month and the months to come that I am ultimately looking forward to, let alone setting new short-term and long term goals for the future. You, Amy and all of the members of the CrossFit Southie Family have drastically helped improve not only my athletic capabilities but my overall demeanor as an individual since moving to South Boston and becoming apart of one of the best decisions I have ever made. Coming to CrossFit has given me dozens of new friendships, most of whom I value with tremendous respect and look up to for guidance and support in and outside of CrossFit Southie. So here it goes…
How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
Sheesh where do I begin with this one guys…it’s definitely a long story but promise I will sum it up haha. CrossFit to me is a way to help myself become a better person not just inside the box, but in everyday life. Since moving to Southie in August of 2011, I had been looking for a way to meet new people and a place I could go workout at without feeling like I belonged to a globo gym. After researching gyms and reading about CrossFit Southie, I called in one day about a month later after moving and spoke to Amy practically begging her to sign me up for an Intro Class. While on the phone I was pleading to her to put me in a class with next to nobody in it so I wouldn’t embarrass myself with my lack of athletic skills, and not gonna lie I think I drove her nuts just saying it haha. I had finally showed up one day, feeling like the new kid in high school, and jumped in on the warm up that Goose was leading in the middle of the circle in Southie Orange. First thing we had done was Double Unders and Singles on the jump ropes, two of the many things I couldn’t do at the time, but now can do it without hesitation (still working on the DU’s haha). I stood there like a fish out of water, and after finally seeing a few things in the warm up like pushups and burpees, I finally felt like I was able to get in on the fun. Finally when Amy pulled me aside to learn the 9 Essential movements and do a Mini-WOD, I felt like I was dying from all the heavy breathing and intense workout I had just done and was unsure at that point if CrossFit was for me, but lone behold I had signed up for a membership that very same day before I left, and it was all downhill from there.
What are your short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
Becoming a better CrossFitter is one of my biggest goals, but in order to get to that point in life I have alot more to work on first in order to get better. Numerous times I have been told by many people at the box and by the coaches to start a CrossFit list, things that I want to work on and ultimately do without hesitation. That list is a mile long haha.
Short-Term Goals: Double Unders, Unassisted Pull-ups, Focus more on following a Paleo Diet, Muscle-Ups on the Pull-Up Bar, Unassisted Hand Stand Push-ups, beat my old scores for Paleo Challenge Benchmark/Open Games WOD’s
Long-Term Goals: Compete, Eventually qualify for The Program CrossFit (LANNNDOOOO!!), Focus on hopefully achieving my ultimate goal for a L1 Certification
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I can’t even begin to say how many accomplishments and goals I have achieved since joining CrossFit and making so many new friends and say that those people are some of the most standup people around. Since joining CrossFit, I feel like my life has more of a purpose and balance now that I have something I am able to focus and dedicate my free towards that has meaning. My list of accomplishments are more than a mile long, and ultimately would not have been accomplished without the help of others, but if I had to choose a few I would ultimately have to say 245# deadlift, Singles on the jump rope, box jumps, and rope climbs.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
FRAN! One name that every time I hear it, it brings me back to the Paleo challenge and coming into the box the day after a Paleo Benchmark workout to retest it with Nicole and have Amy judge us. Needless to say, that workout is history and took me all of 15 minutes to do…not one of my best days at CrossFit. (Well besides 12 days of CrossFit Southie) haha
Not too sure on one of my favorite movements/WOD’s, there are so many but if I had to choose I would probably have to say that rope climbs, box jumps, kettle ball swings, burpees, sit-ups, deadlifts or singles on the jump rope and running would be some of my more favorite movements.
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I have been working for State Street Corporation for almost 4 years now. Recently in May 2011, I took a promotion and I now work in the Fund Administration division of State Street, preparing Financial Accounting Shareholder reports and statements. Besides that, I also work at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, answering phones and helping out agents. Ultimately I would love to get my real estate license and work for GSIR, due to all the contacts and agents I work with that are so enthusiastic about getting me on their team as an agent instead of an Administrative Assistant.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
One of my favorite hobbies is hanging out with the epic group of people that I have met at CFS. You all are some of the most genuine, selfless, driven group of individuals that I enjoy being around. We have all had a lot of good laughs (Wall walks in Borg and Daniel’s lobby, upside down downward dogs, tuck and rolls, THE ST. PATTY’S DAY BLOWHORN (Marcella glad to see your ears have finally stopped ringing), HO JO’s, Catbaggers, The Garage Games, The Halloween Bar Crawl and so many more good times to come. Besides being with my friends, I like to go to the beach a lot, enjoy time with my dogs and family, travel, and work towards ultimately getting my real estate license and eventually going back to graduate school.
Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?

I started eating Paleo back when the most recent Paleo Challenge started in the winter, and it is something I would strongly suggest to everyone. After hearing from many of my fellow crossfitters at the box about how it helps you focus more and become a better athlete/individual, I was all for going Paleo. I’d have to say though my favorite Paleo meal would be Spinach & Mixed Greens with diced spiced steak and balsamic vinaigrette. Check out this website guys, it gives a lot of helpful information on Paleo and a lot of good food as well. paleOMG

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  • Mksullivan29

    04/27/2012 @ 1:08 am

    From one Sully to another….nice work!

    • Anonymous

      04/27/2012 @ 2:15 am

      Thanks man, us Sullivan’s have to stick together haha…keep killing it at the box dude!

  • jason barrow

    04/27/2012 @ 12:41 am

    3-Position Power Snatch: 105
    WOD: 15:42 (Scaled to L2)

  • Andrea

    04/26/2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Sully!! Awesome job, you have improved so much since you first started not too long ago! You are so deserving of this title because you kill it in and out of the box. Cf is fun because of people like you who are so enthusiastic and supportive of the community.  I am hoping to make it to your party Saturday… I’m sure it will involve the practicing of some type of cf movement! Can’t wait to compete in some competitions in the future with you!

    • Anonymous

      04/27/2012 @ 2:10 am

      Andrea, as one of the many people at the box that I look up to with tremendous respect it means alot to read that. I love coming to CrossFit everyday knowing there is a challenge and a new workout to master. I hope you can make it out Saturday night too haha it is always fun going out with you and everyone…we NEED to break out the CrossFit Southie moves, it wouldn’t be a night out in town without them haha hopefully see you Saturday talk to you soon!

  • Sarah S

    04/26/2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Congrats Sully! Can’t wait to check out Crossfit Sully on Saturday!!

    • Anonymous

      04/27/2012 @ 1:41 am

      People are already taking bets that some kind of CrossFit moves will be broken out Saturday night…I find this highly likely to happen haha thanks for the well wishes Sarah it is always a pleasure to see you and everyone at the box…amped to see you all Saturday!

  • Joe

    04/26/2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Sully! Congrats, big fella. More wall climbs and down dogs…less tuck and rolls. I’ll see you and your vuvuzelas this weekend.

    • Anonymous

      04/27/2012 @ 12:37 am

      Dude I can’t find one anywhere in the city, this is REALLY BAD…some people may benefit from this but I for one will not…hahaha thanks for the congrats man looking forward to Saturday with you guys.

  • Wheeler

    04/26/2012 @ 6:22 pm

    Congrats Sully, keep up the hard work! Hope you have an EPIC birthday party Saturday!!!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 6:45 pm

      Thanks Wheeler! Your a great inspiration and after talking to you about the L1 cert it made me want to add that to one of my Long term goals even more…glad that you did such a great job on it…bummed that you can’t be there Saturday but know you will be there in spirit haha talk to you soon have fun this weekend!

  • Bish

    04/26/2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Give me an “S”
    Give me a “U”
    Give me an “L”
    Give me an “L”
    Give me a “Y”

    Whats that spell? SULLY!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:44 pm

      Nice man haha always a pleasure seeing you and everyone around thanks for all the help and support, your a great influence man. saturday night is going to be a blast, jello shots on jello shots on jello shots haha hope to see you guys soon!

  • Anonymous

    04/26/2012 @ 4:32 pm

    SULLY!! you are the man! so stoked for you. you can do wall climbs in my lobby whenever, wherever!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:35 pm

      BORG!!!!!! It has been wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long since I have seen you and Daniel, thought you guys moved to Hawaii or somethin…I think that is where I will do them from now on…lots of space haha hope to see you guys Saturday! talk to you soon

    • Whisler

      04/26/2012 @ 5:43 pm

      I have an awesome video of Sully doing wall climbs AND his imitation of a downward facing dog in your lobby…part II is being filmed Saturday night at the Sully Fiesta!!!

  • David Xiaoxi Li

    04/26/2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Way to go, Jeff! CFS wouldn’t be the same without you, buddy.

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:31 pm

      Thanks dude, always have a blast doing WOD’s with you, and thanks for all the help with mobility and movements too, sometimes I just have no clue what I am doing haha were going out this weekend if you are around let me know dude, talk to you soon!

  • Whisler

    04/26/2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Sully congrats my man!!!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:30 pm

      Thanks dude, always a pleasure seeing you and everyone at cfs. Best part was seeing the Wallwalk video haha hope to see you out this weekend man…talk to you soon!

  • jason barrow

    04/26/2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I refuse to recognize Sully as the member of the month…because I prefer to celebrate Jeff Sully YEAR ROUND!

    ??????? IT’S A SULLY-BRATION!!! ???????

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:29 pm

      Hahaha thanks man…Always enjoy hearing you from across the box, one of the many highlights of my day lol come out for some drinks this weekend dude, it is going to be a good time…talk to you soon man!

  • Chris Berretta

    04/26/2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Sully!!! Well deserved, keep up the hard work. You party hard and crossfit even harder, even if it means practicing box jumps on my kitchen counter haha

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:28 pm

      Thanks man, Always have fun doing WOD’s with you. Practicing box jumps on your kitchen counter is what I do, along with wall walks in Borg’s lobby and burpees out infront of Bish and Shamwow’s house on St. Patty’s Day. Hope to see you and Nicole Saturday….talk to you soon man!

  • Amy

    04/26/2012 @ 10:18 am

    They don’t come much nicer than Jeff Sullivan. I do remember that scared phonecall, but what I remember more clearly was thinking “this guy is incredibly sweet and has a great attitude”. Then after only being a member for a couple weeks his volunteer efforts were above and beyond at the garage games, all of the coaches were beyond impressed. Congrats Sul! Thanks for all of your hard work, kindess, and ongoing CFS support.

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:26 pm

      What can I say Amy, you, Goose and everyone have given me alot since I started at CrossFit. I enjoy being able to come in everyday, do a WOD and spend time with some great people. Looking forward to competing in a few weeks! Hopefully going to come by today and attempt the WOD, if not hope to see you guys Saturday!

  • lando

    04/26/2012 @ 9:26 am


    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:25 pm

      Lando, thanks for all the help and support since starting CrossFit. hopefully in the future will be able to start doing the Program with the greatest. Hope you are around for some drinks Saturday night, should be fun dude. See ya soon!

  • Lexi

    04/26/2012 @ 3:16 am

    WAY TO GO SULLY!!! You totally deserve this honor! Keep being awesome! (Sorry I am missing your partay this weekend….sad face).

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Thanks Lexi! You are always a great support system, especially the WOD I did on Marathon Monday, when it was just me and Christina, having you come in for support was a big help…bummed you won’t be around Satuday night but we will have to get together again soon!

  • haley

    04/26/2012 @ 12:48 am

    SULLY!!!! i love this… so well deserved. can’t wait to help you celebrate your bday this weekend!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Pretty stoked to see you Saturday Haley seeing that I haven’t really seen you since Borg and Daniel’s Engagement party, a day of epic proportions…it should be fun, starting around 8 at my place then going out…see ya soon!

  • Lindsay F

    04/26/2012 @ 12:42 am

    Congratulations Sully! You’re one of the first smiling/encouraging faces I remember from when I started.Very well deserved MOTM!

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:19 pm

      Thanks Lindsay…can’t believe I have been doing CrossFit for 7 months now, time flys when you are having fun…hope all is well come out with us Saturday if you are around!

  • James S.

    04/26/2012 @ 12:19 am


    You are easily one of the most selfless and enthusiastic people in the box. Congrats on MOTM and keep up the hard work…

    • Anonymous

      04/26/2012 @ 5:18 pm

      Thanks man…I really appreciate it…Saturday night will be dobochery at it’s finest, as from past experiences (i.e. trip down memory lane…me, you marcella at stat’s and having 5 half empty drinks infront of me) see ya soon dude!

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