Michael Jaskulsky

19
Feb

Michael Jaskulsky

Q.  What made you decide to try CrossFit? A.  I’ve always hated going to the gym and running was boring for me.  However, I love playing sports, specifically basketball to ‘stay in shape’.  Before CrossFit, I had completed many different ‘race’ events, such as numerous 5k’s, the 2010 Men’s Health Urbanathlon, and the 2011 New York City Triathlon.  The reason why I enjoyed participating in these events, specifically the Urbanathlon and the Triathlon, was that it tested different strengths (not just running). When I found out about CrossFit, I realized there was finally a workout that embodied exactly what I was looking for.  Really, it’s a lifestyle.  I yearned for more than just running, or just sport related workouts.  CrossFit had a little bit of everything all rolled into one.  After I graduated from CF Basics, I was hooked and I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for. Q. What is your favorite CrossFit/training moment to date? A.  Passing CrossFit Basics.  I’ve been doing CF for about a year, and to this day, the CF Basics WOD (Fight Gone Bad) was probably the toughest.  Maybe because I wasn’t mentally ready for a butt-kicking like that, but seeing the faces of my fellow graduates during and after that workout was priceless. Q. What is your CrossFit/training goal? A. My CrossFit goal is to stay fit.  Plain and simple.  Build muscle without “bulking up”.  Build endurance without running mile after mile.  By including weightlifting, cardio, and core-strength exercises (to name a few) in my weekly workout regiment, exercising can actually be fun instead of something I dread. Q. What is your proudest CrossFit/training moment? Recently, I completed a WOD that included a total of 75 pull-ups and 15 (high-weight) front squats.  I had always been able to do at least 20-30 pull-ups, but never really tried to do more than 30.  After completing 75 pull-ups (no assistance), and setting a new PR in weight for front squats in less than 9 minutes I realized that I can tackle any workout thrown at me! Or Finally conquering double-unders!  Years ago, I belonged to a local boxing club and jumping rope was second nature to me.  But after I walked through the doors at Arenal, I felt like I was learning how to jump rope all over again in order to complete a double-under.  It only took me about 4 months, but I got it now! Q. What was the toughest hurdle when you got started? A.The weight.  I never really went to the gym and lifted weights before CF.  I probably can count the number of times on my right hand I actually went to the gym and lifted weights in any capacity.  I always focused on cardio and boxing. Initially, I thought that I would never be able to come close to the prescribed weight of the WOD.  However, slowly but surely, that Rx seems feasible.  I know that pretty soon I’ll be able complete the WOD in true CrossFit fashion. Q. What is the toughest hurdle for you right now? A.Push-ups.  For some reason pushups are my kryptonite.  I can easily do 10-20 with no problem. But throw 50-100 push-ups at me in a WOD…I’m struggling to finish.  Yes, I finish eventually, but I’m completely spent after those dreaded pushups. Practice, practice, practice. Q. What keeps you going in a workout when you sometimes want to quit?  A.I think to myself that quitting is only going to let me down.  Yes, the trainers are encouraging (sometimes yelling…nicely) me to finish, but if I quit and don’t finish the workout they will go on with their day and not look back. I know that if I finish the workout, no matter how difficult it is, the feeling of accomplishment far outweighs the disappointment of giving up.  No matter how long it takes.  The workout will end one way or another.  Better it end with me finishing instead of quitting. Q. What is your favorite thing to do outside of training at Arenal Fitness? A.Music is my ultimate passion in life.  I’ve been playing music since I was 5 years old and I continue to play every day.  Whether it’s jamming with friends, practicing with my band, recording, or playing solo on my couch, nothing comes close to how music makes me feel.  Playing live is the ultimate. Also, I love to play sports.  I regularly play basketball and softball (formerly baseball), occasionally play football (once a year on thanksgiving), rarely play tennis and soccer, and almost never play badminton. Q. What is your favorite part of Arenal Fitness? A. A tie between the trainers and the equipment. The trainers at Arenal Fitness are the best.  Hands-on, knowledgeable, encouraging, and fun, all the trainers make us push ourselves to the max.  This allows us to get the most out of our workouts as possible. Not only does Arenal Fitness have everything a CrossFitter would need (equipment), but they have the space and accommodations to maximize results. Q. Any advice for new members? A.Stick with it.  CrossFit can be very intimidating at first.  I mean imaging walking into a gym and seeing a middle aged man or woman with nearly 100lbs over their head…squatting…10 to 20 times!  And they make it look easy!  The techniques may be difficult to grasp at first, but with practice, everything will become second nature and you can focus on maximizing your time and efforts to produce the results you desire. Q. How has your training program at Arenal Fitness changed your life? A. I’ve gained more confidence in my physical aptitude and I actually look forward to exercising.  Feats that I never thought were possible are now achievable on a daily basis at Arenal Fitness.  

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