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 http://paleomg.com/
Power Snatch- 3 positions
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Power Snatch (115,80)
Burpee Lateral Jumps
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