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August ’16

August Athlete of the Month:

Jim Wadlington 

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When did you start doing CrossFit?

November 2014

What is my favorite WOD?

Grace

What is your least favorite WOD?

Karen, or anything with wall balls

What is your favorite lift?

Clean and jerk.  And for what it’s worth, favorite warm up is the pizza box game.

What is your least favorite lift?

Deadlift.  Pretty sure I still do it wrong bc my back hurts each time after.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

All star from Waffle House

Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife Carrie and I have two young boys, Jack (3) and Sam (6 months), who we love spending time with more than anything.  I work for a CPA firm in Ridgeland where I am a healthcare reimbursement consultant.  When not consumed with any of the above, I enjoy playing golf and tennis, hunting and being outdoors, and going to NOLA to watch the Saints.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

 I would go to the gym but was never truly motivated to work hard.  Although I didn’t fully realize it at the time, I was merely going through the motions and never really made any progress.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

 I felt rejuvenated by the intensity of the workouts and camaraderie of the staff and other athletes.  Max Bowman and I started at the exact same time in 2014 so I really enjoyed watching each of us make progress together.

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

Just to increase the weight I was using from when I first started.  I felt so weak compared to everyone else and wanted to Rx so bad, but I quickly learned the value of getting the movements correct  first and then building up the weight over time.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

Absolutely.  If I’m not doing Rx in weight in the WODs, I am very close nearly every time.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

One of the main reasons I joined was because of a bad doctor visit/check up.  I was only 30 yrs old but had really high cholesterol.  Since being a member of Coyote, I’ve had no issues at all (even after still not eating as healthy as I should).  I’ve also noticed that I have more energy during the day, as the 5:30 am class is a great way to kickstart the day.

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?

I still can’t do many, but doing my first handstand push-up was a milestone I was happy to accomplish.  That and learning the rope climb, which was a unique workout I had never even attempted.  Also, I knew Hunter and Shawn before joining, so talking with them and having them reassure me that I was making progress was a great feeling and still is.

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

Don’t be afraid if you’re behind everyone else when you first start.  No one is judging you, and in fact they want you to succeed!  The value of Coyote is its people and the family atmosphere you will experience.

Tell us something we might not know about you?

 I’m a sucker for karaoke.  Especially after a few drinks..