February 2015 – Jim Vautier
When asked why Jim has been chosen as CCF’s athlete of the month, heres what our coaches had to say:
Carl: “Jim is a great example at Crofton Crossfit. Jim is coachable, he is always at class (except when he skips for “Hot Yoga” in his “short” shorts), he works hard with a great attitude and desire to get better. Jim’s improvements in strength, skill and mobility over his tenure at CCF is really remarkable. As a regular member of 0600 crew, Jim is at the box at 5:30 AM almost every morning doing the extra strength work that Garrett programs for the membership. He always has a smile on his face, and enjoys a great relationship with his fellow 0600 athletes (although he doesn’t talk about relationships). He is a regular at Ruckfit on Saturday mornings, where I think that he lives out is personal desire of wishing he went into the Marines instead of the Navy earlier in his life. Jim use to be a member of the 0.0 running club, that card was taken from him by force when he became a semi-regular attendee of the Crossfit Endurance WOD’s , where he dramatically improved is cardio conditioning. Congrats Jim on being Athlete of the Month! Well deserved.”
Greg: “Jim is one sexy manimal”
Gillian: “As Carl mentioned, as a former member of the 0.0 running club, Jim has been gradually, increasing his mileage in Endurance one 800meter sprint at a time. For someone who may not share my feeling for running, Jim always approaches each WOD with determination and gives it 100% effort. Congratulations Jim, on being Athlete of the month!”
I grew up in South Jersey and from an early age played any sport that was in season, sometime playing on multiple teams during the same season. During the summers I played baseball or would be down the shore, playing on the beach or riding the waves. Being physically fit was easy. Soccer was my ticket to college that resulted in me playing four years at the Naval Academy. Upon graduation I did 2 tours in the Navy, one on a ship and one as an assistant soccer coach back at the Naval Academy, and I was very fit and strong through my 20s.
The start of my decline in physical fitness was when I traded in my uniform for a desk job as I got close to 30. Throughout the next 20 years I would join various gyms or try the latest home workout programs. Nothing seem to work for the long haul and I continue to get in worse shape as the years went on. Then I hit the big 50 and knew I had to make a change. My knees and shoulders ached and the doctors told me I was showing signs of arthritis. I saw something on TV about crossfit so I ventured into Crofton Crossfit one day more than two years ago, determined to make a change.
During the on boarding classes I couldn’t believe how out of shape I was, I couldn’t do a pull-up, squat anywhere close to parallel and was unable to hold a barbell in the front rack position. I started working out 2 days a week, which felt worse than two a day practices. I was always last to finish, especially if there was any running. I started to lose some weight and added Ruckfit to my weekly training. This was the turning point that got me strong enough to do pull ups and dips without bands. As time went on I was able to increase my workouts to 5 days a week and now several days a week I do strength training prior to the WOD. I use to struggle do the WOD at women’s RX but now can do some WODs at the men’s RX.
Crofton Crossfit has the formula for success and it is a combination of the coaches, programming and community. I am so thankful for Tony’s and Carl’s coaching expertise, encouragement and comments during the 0530 classes and Ruckfit. I love all of the programming opportunities from strength training, endurance, Olympic lifting and kettlebell programs. Garrett and Paige, you guys rock, keep doing what you are doing because it works. The glue that holds it all together is the community. Our 0600 class is awesome and it’s great to workout with a bunch of athletes who cheer you on, celebrate your PR’s and bust your chops when appropriate. Pictured is my favorite crossfit picture of some of the 0600 crew celebrating my 52nd birthday.