August Spotlight Athlete of the Month: JJ Muth

What better way to bring back our Spotlight Athlete of the Month than with someone who has not only just moved up to CrossFit today but has also lost 100 pounds since joining Fury back in January! JJ Muth is a true inspiration that anyone can do CrossFit and that it will change your life-for the better!!!

When Did you start CrossFit? January 23ish 2012

Why Did you start CrossFit? I started crossfit to try and regain control of my life. My whole life I have been overweight and mostly out of shape. As of late though I had reached a weight that I had never been at before. I truly felt that I was at the point that if I didn’t change I was going to to have to do something drastic like lap-band surgery. I had started to lose a little weight and one day while talking to a family friend, Charlotte Hillman, she told us what a great program crossfit is. So we decided to give it a try. WOW!! Am i glad!!

What kept you coming back/motivated? I immediately started to notice a big difference in fitness and my weight loss goals. But more than that it was the atmosphere that really kept me motivated. The people were friendly and genuinely seemed to care. The trainers were helpful and were willing to spend extra time with me and my wife. It was almost like joining a big family!!

How long did it take you to go from Basics to CrossFit Prep? it took me about about 6 1/2 months and about 100 pounds to go from basics to crossfit.

What is the best thing you have gotten out of doing CrossFit? I feel that I have learned to live an active and more healthy lifestyle. One that I can continue with for the rest of my life.

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? I can only name one?! I think that the thing that has surprised me the most is being able to do pull-ups or handstand pushups. I have never been able to do them my whole life and when I started just hanging from the bar felt like my arms were going to come out of their sockets!!

What is one goal you have reached? And one goal you still hope to reach?To lose a hundred pounds!! To completely lose my stomach and get that six pack!!!

How has your diet changed since starting CrossFit? This is a really long answer but I will try and keep it short. First of all I cut the junk out. No more candy bars, chips and cheese, soda, cheesecake, the list goes on and on. I also really cut back on my portions and quit the late night snacking. Having healthy food around the house and eating meals at home prepared by my ever supporting wife, Holli, whenever possible instead of eating out has helped tremendously as well. Last but not least learning to eat paleo healthy has made a HUGE difference.

How has the paleo diet affected your workouts/life? Paleo has completely changed my life and how I look at eating. I had never really been taught how to properly put together a healthy meal. Now I feel that I can actually eat good but still eat healthy. I can also teach my kids how to eat right!! As far as workouts go I feel that I have a LOT more energy and the recovery period has went from several days down to one or two.

Additional Comments: I want to say a special thank you to Marcus Neal for really putting in the extra time with me to get me to where I am now!! And all the staff who have put up with my whining and complaining but kept motivating me!! And most importantly, my wife, who has never given up hope and is constantly there cheering me on!! Love you babe!!