Featured Athletes - June 2013

1. What are your names?
Jeff and Julia Scribner

Jeff and Julia Scribner

 2. When did you start doing CrossFit? 

Jeff: February 2011 (Proud Phalanx Charter Member)

Julia: September 2011

3. What got you into CrossFit? 

Jeff:  I knew it was time. I had to pick a path, overweight and lethargic or know what it felt like to be in good shape.

Julia: Jeff had been doing CrossFit for about 6 months.  I thought it was ridiculous, extreme, and it looked like torture!  I felt like there was no way I could do most of the things he talked about after his workouts.   I got tired of hearing him talk about it and spending 12-15 hours a week at the gym, and also knew I needed to get in shape.  I wanted to join a gym, but felt like I’d be lost in a traditional gym environment.  My previous coach agreed to take me through fundamentals early in the morning before anyone arrived since CrossFit was so far out of my comfort zone.  I’ve been addicted ever since!

4. What do you like about CrossFit? 

Jeff:  Feeling healthy and in good shape.  The programming at Phalanx makes me work on areas I know I would neglect going to a conventional gym.  The people at Phalanx are as solid and stand up as any I’ve ever met in a group setting.  Without the support of Zack, Tammy, those I started with on day one and everyone that has joined and stuck with it, I wouldn’t want to keep coming back and wouldn’t be where I am today, and this CrossFit gym would be an entirely different beast.  Thanks to everyone.

Julia Scribner
Julia:  There are two things in particular that I love about CrossFit.  First, I love the feeling of accomplishment!    That I walk in, look at the board and think, “How am I going to do this?” and leave proud of myself that I did!   I’m still amazed that I am a CrossFitter!   Secondly, I love the supportive environment at Phalanx CrossFit!  I love that there are modifications for everything, and that people are  happy for you and proud of you at your level, regardless of what their level may be.  That people are just as proud of my 75# weight for “Grace” as they are of their 95# weight for “Grace” because they appreciate that 75#’s is just as difficult for me as 95#’s is for them.  That it isn’t about beating me, but encouraging me to improve, push myself, and give my personal best, which the staff and my fellow CrossFitters encourage and inspire me to do, every single day!

5. What is your favorite workout and why? 

Jeff:  The one where I slipped and bumped my head (Can’t remember the name)

Julia:   My favorite workout is “Angie”.   I like workouts that are body-weight oriented and I love pull-ups, so “Angie” is the perfect combination.  I’m also just impressed and still in awe that regardless of my time, I can actually do 100 pull-ups!

I also love dead lifts.

Jeff Scribner
6. What is your least favorite workout and why? 

Jeff:  Pretty much anything overhead

Julia:  I detest anything with Wall Balls!   Wall Balls and Thrusters seem to affect my asthma more than other skills/exercises.   Wall Balls drain my lungs, and Thrusters drain my lungs and energy!  But yet again, when I finish, I am proud of myself that regardless of my time, I did it!  It’s one of the wonderful things about CrossFit!  Even the skills/workouts that you hate, give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.

7. What else should we know about you? 

Jeff:  Wait a minute, exactly what do you know about me?  And who exactly is this “we?”

Julia: This month Jeff and I will be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary.  We have two children.  Brittany is 21 and just graduated College with her degree as a RN, and Daniel will graduate High School this month.   Jeff has his own Landscaping Business and I am Co-Owner of Sanford Academy where I coach Competitive, All Star Cheer.

8. How has CrossFit changed your daily life? Your Marriage?

Jeff:  It has made me more health conscious and confidence goes way up.  Watching Julia be proud of pr’s and get cut up makes me happy.

Julia:  I used to workout at home religiously, but after time things always seemed to get in the way.  The environment at CrossFit makes it easy for me to remain committed, and I find myself working my schedule around my morning workouts.   Jeff and I are total opposites in many regards.  CrossFit has given us something new in common that we can fully relate to one another on.

9. What personal changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit? 

Jeff:  My stamina at work is through the roof.  The upper body work is great, but the core and legs are by far where I feel the biggest change daily.  At work, I find myself turning simple tasks into mini wods throughout the day (I had never run pushing multiple wheelbarrows full of soil before….for time).  I had no idea what bad shape I was in until I got into better shape.  I look forward to keeping on.

Julia:  I often say “little girls have rolls, too”.  Because I’ve always been somewhat small, people assumed I was in shape.  I knew that regardless of what others thought about my size, that I was not in shape.  It was also one of the reasons I fought even attempting CrossFit for so long.   I didn’t want to embarrass myself by not being able to do things others were able to do and feared judgment.   I had no clue how supportive and encouraging people in the gym would be!

My family also has a history of high cholesterol.   Anyone who knows me knows that I have the worst eating habits!   For 7 years my doctor has closely monitored my cholesterol levels and had been threatening to put me on cholesterol medication.  Until I started CrossFit, my levels were at a 4 to 1 ratio!  Since I’ve been doing CrossFit, I have maintained the desired 2 to 1 ratio.  Hopefully one day I’ll take the same leap I did with CrossFit, and start working on this bad diet of mine!   CrossFit was a huge, first step which I never thought I’d take.  So…there’s still hope!

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