My name is Jason and I’m the owner and head coach here at CrossFit CMH. I’m a former competitive powerlifter turned CrossFitter and gym owner.
The last time I competed in anything was June 6, 2015. It was a powerlifting meet at Old School Gym in Pataskala, Ohio, and my newborn son was there. I hit some numbers that I’d been chasing for a while. I knew going in that it was going to be my last competition for a while.
My focus for the past 3 years has been 100% on CrossFit CMH. I wake up every day knowing that I’m responsible for creating an amazing place for all of our members to workout at. The longer we are in business, the more I’m realizing that it doesn’t have to be all CrossFit all the time. Although CrossFit is still in our opinion the best way to achieve general strength, conditioning, and overall fitness, there’s nothing wrong with branching out and stepping out of your comfort zone. We have members who enjoy running long distances, obstacle course racing, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and other types of fitness. We support those interests and our members have inspired me to compete again in 2019.
This year, I’ve made the decision to enter in to 4 events. I’ll be doing one powerlifting competition, one long obstacle course race, one CrossFit competition, and one half marathon. All four of these events require specialized training, but are all rooted in strength (mental and physical) and overall work capacity which is what we deliver. I’ll be doing traditional CrossFit 6 day per week with strength training, skill training, and metabolic conditioning. Once per week I’ll be adding a “specialized training” day which will include a long (4-8 miles) run for the half marathon, and a bench press and accessory work day for powerlifting. For the obstacle course race and the CrossFit competition, our programming at CrossFit CMH will do the trick.
The beauty of CrossFit is how versatile our training is. We are a General Physical Preparedness (GPP) program that produces balanced physical conditioning in endurance, strength, speed, flexibility and other basic factors of fitness. Coming to our gym 3-5 days each week will produce fitness, hands down. You’ll get stronger, faster, more conditioned, and overall fitter. My goal with these 4 events is to show how the CrossFit methodology produces overall fitness. This journey is to show that you can branch out and enjoy all different types of fitness.