October Member of the Month: Brian Jasperse

Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).
I sold my environmental clean-up business in December of 2012 and have been happily retired ever since. I am an avid golfer and I bike and hike. I really enjoy traveling and have been to six continents and 49 states. I am going to Antarctica in January to complete the continental sweep and will then schedule a trip to North Dakota for state number 50. I have a son, age 25, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area and a significant other that owns her own home so I basically live alone on 10 beautiful acres in Wrightstown, PA. 
My favorite book or movie:
My favorite movie is “Cool Hand Luke.” I am a product of the 60s so I like Luke’s anti-authoritarian attitude.
My favorite local restaurant:
 Ota-Ya in Newtown
Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:
I have over 7000 skydives. I was a ten time state champion and medaled at the U.S. Nationals 4 times. I have been in 7 World Record Skydiving Formations.
How I was introduced to CrossFit:
 I wanted to improve my golf fitness and Crossfit Newtown offered the Titleist Performance Institute  training. Mike K. was my trainer and he implemented many CrossFit exercises into my training. I was coming in at 6:30 a.m. to work on some things before my 7 a.m. sessions so I saw the last half of many of the 6 a.m. classes and I really liked the challenge and the way the class had the “go for it” attitude. It was cool to see the women like Gwynn, Renae and Kim ‘kicking’ it as good or better than the men. I asked Mike to tell me when I was ready to try it and when he said go, I started.
My fitness routine before CrossFit:
 I worked out almost every day for a total of about 8-10 hours per week but it was almost all aerobic training with little strength or flexibility training. I biked up and down Bowman’s Hill Tower Road for my intense workouts and used the Elliptical, treadmill and Stairmaster machines. Also, I frequently played golf and walked the course.
My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:
There is a lot more to excellent  physical conditioning then aerobic fitness. I could not believe how difficult a long AMRAP, with the different exercises, could be for someone that was as aerobically fit as I was.  
My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:
Well, I haven’t reached any of my goals yet so I would say my attendance record. Since I started, I have not missed a Monday to Friday class unless I was ill or out of town. When I travel, I try to do some version of the WOD at a hotel or local gym.
My favorite WOD is:
Anything without Burpees
My Favorite Lift is:
 I have two. First is the Dead Lift because I have a P.R. of 265 and it is the only lift that I even get in the same area code as the “Rx boys and girls.” The second is the Overhead Squat because I am so bad at it but I have improved my form and increased my weight percentage in that lift more than any other lift.
My next goal is:
Pull-ups without a band and learning to love Burpees.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
We have a life outside of the gym? I missed that memo. Seriously, I am 63 and I am getting stronger as I get older and I am hitting the golf ball farther as my golf buddies are losing distance. 
What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:
 Mike’s music…not. Really, it is the interest that the coaches take in your success. I have mainly been coached by Mike K. and he is great and I am grateful to him for where he has taken me but when there have been substitute coaches or I went to other classes, I felt like they  cared too. 
What advice I would give to a someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:
Don’t be intimidated by better athletes and keep your goals realistic. You just want to be as fit as you can be. Crossfit is a means to an end.
Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?
 It is different with different ages and metabolisms. I try to minimize  cholesterol but at my age it is even more important to minimize  portion sizes. It doesn’t matter how much I work out, if I eat too much, I gain weight.
What his coaches are saying about him:

Brian Jasper started off with CrossFit Newtown and Makefield Chiropractic as a patient of Dr.Toms. Initially, Brian told me that he wanted to get in shape for golf. For about three months Brian trained 1 on 1 3 times per week and basically did a progressive strength program designed by doctor Tom and Myself. From day one, Brian was dedicated, motivated and hard working with a great attitude. After our three months of training Brian jumped into class and continued to progress. He is always striving to work on his weaknesses. Form and technique always come first for Brian and you will never see him use too much weight or perform a movement that puts himself in danger. A great trait about Brian is that he works so hard to get better because he enjoys CrossFit, he respects and values our program and loves the community. He is also extremely wise (not just because he’s old) and hilarious! If you haven’t met Brian be sure to introduce yourself!

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