Do you know Jim Rathmann? He has been with us since July 2011 and is by far the oldest guy in the gym (by like 30 years). He was a hardcore “Curves” enthusiast up until last summer. Jim loves Metamucil, Depends Undergarments, and prune juice is his favorite post WOD fuel. Seriously, the guy is an inspiration and we love having him.
3. What is your Age?
No seriously how old are you?
52 …(Fine let’s move on)
What was the Great Depression Like?
No comment-obviously too painful to discuss
4. What is your occupation?
Business Marketing and Management Consultant. Owner Great American Auto Transport.
5. When did you first start CrossFitting?
July 5 2011
6. What is your Favorite WOD? How about your favorite Benchmark W.O.D.?
I like WOD’s with a lot of different movements. Wall balls, rowing, push-ups, chin-ups. I know I should remember the names, but the first thing to go when you’re old is your memory… or is it the second?? Anyway I like walking into the gym and seeing some crazy amount of reps we need to complete in a given time.
7. What is your least favorite WOD?
Used to be any WOD with Olympic movements but I can sorta do those now. I like all WOD’s, it’s my opportunity that day to do something so many other people can’t.
8. Tell us about your sports and fitness background.
Started running cross country in high school also rowed crew (geek sports, I know). In my 20’s and early thirties I ran marathons until I got hurt then bought a bike, I did triathlons until I hit my 40’s all the while doing some kind of weight training. I still bike but don’t compete. In my forties it was mostly weight training with a personal trainer doing “regular weight lifting” and Bikrham yoga. In 2010 my son introduced me to Crossfit and we worked out just using WOD’s found on the main Crossfit site.
9. How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I don’t remember (no joke this time)
Do you remember your address?
Jim has confused look on his face…let’s move on because we have to take advantage of his brief moments of clarity.
10. What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
I’m much stronger and I eat a lot better. My skiing this year was great because my legs and hips were stronger. I have been a 33”-34” waist my whole adult life, I’m a solid 32” now. A hike or mountain bike ride that was once a chore for me is a breeze now. In other sports I participated in like running or biking, only my knees, ankles and feet hurt. With Crossfit my whole body hurts.
11. What sort of changes in your life have you experienced since taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
Well I don’t think I could go back to a regular gym now. Like I said I’ve been in them all my life and nothing has been as rewarding and fun as Crossfit. The competition and camaraderie are great and a big part of what keeps me coming back. Also, at my age, you don’t think you can get any fitter or learn much about fitness or do double-unders or olympic movements… I did and can. I’ve also set PR’s in Advil and Fish-oil consumption, things I never even measured before.
12. Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFS moments.
Everyday is great, but I really enjoyed the in-house competition we did last Feb.
13. Any advice for people just getting started?
You can do what the coaches are asking you to do, just give yourself time to master the movement. Get engaged with the other people working out so you don’t miss out on the fun you can have. Don’t worry what others think, everyone is so focused on getting through their own workout they don’t know what you’re doing anyway. Don’t quit you’re doing something 98% of athletes are scared to do…be proud of it!
14. What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
All the standards, Skiing, bike, mountains. Used to be surfing, diving and fishing when we lived in FL. I love business and helping others in business. I read a lot and spend as much time as I can with my kids and granddaughter.
A) P. Press 3-3-3++ ; Rest 3; 70%, 80%, 90% (of your 90% 1 RM)
3 Rounds For Time:
10 Kettle Bell Snatch 55#/35# (per arm)
20 Push Ups
20 Stick Jumps – Over and Back is 1 (Sub 40 DU’s)