August Athlete Spotlight: John Kittel


Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc):

Currently I am a Registered Nurse at Capital Health in the intensive care unit.  When I’m not working or at CFN I am usually in Cape May at our family shorehouse.  I went to Neshaminy high school and finished my Bachelors of Science at Penn State.  I was lucky enough to meet my other half in college.  We are getting married this october.

 My favorite book or movie:

I’m not a big reader but the last movie I enjoyed was The Revenant.

 My favorite local restaurant:

Hands down I would have to say Jake’s Eatery.  I like taking my finace there for breakfast. They have great food at a good price point.  Its best to go during the week if you’re off because the weekends are usually mobbed.

 Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:

I really enjoy working with my hands and always seem to find a new project.  I am currently restoring a 1960’s farm tractor. Not to long ago I made cornhole boards.    As you can see there is no consistency.  I just enjoy working with my hands and learning new stuff.

 How I was introduced to CrossFit:

I was looking for something competitive to keep me motivated.  I was tired of working out without a purpose. I have a cousin that does crossfit in North Carolina and he got me interested.  I looked up the closest gym and CFN was it.

 My fitness routine before CrossFit:

Before crossfit, I went to a regular gym and unfortunately conformed to the standard routine. Monday back and bi’s, tuesday chest and tri’s, Wednesday shoulders and legs, and so on.  I was losing interest and motivation. Crossfit is a great alternative to the standard routine.

 My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:


 My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:

I was really pumped the first time I was able to string a few double unders together.  I practiced a lot and went through some frustration.  There was a point where I wondered is my hand eye coordination was up to par.  It just takes practice. if I can do them almost anyone can.

My favorite WOD is:


 My Favorite Lift is:

Over head squats

 My next goal is:

My next goal would be just to stay consistent and keep coming in a regular basis.  I know that if I keep coming and continue to apply myself the gains will keep coming as well.  I hope to stick a few ring muscle ups in the near future.

 How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

 I always wanted to be well rounded in my physical fitness.  I had no desire to run a marathon if I couldn’t lift a decent amount of weight and inversely had no interest in lifting a small car and not be able to run around the block.  I used to be a swimmer in high school and lifeguarded at the jersey shore so I always was a good endurance athlete.  The problem  was I could never gain muscle or lift any substantial amount of weight.  I think that crossfit has helped increase my overall strength and made me a more well rounded athlete.

 What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:

Great coaches, great members, killer workouts.  I enjoy all aspects of CFN. There is always a positive vibe that is conducive to personal growth.  I really enjoy the competitive aspect which you don’t get in a regular gym but in the end it’s all about personal accomplishment.

 What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:

I’d have to say just to hang in there and leave your ego at home.  Many of the movements are complex and require a lot of practice just to become proficient.  Once you have the right mechanics, the strength aspect will build.  How fast depends on your diet and the amount of practice you put in.  I am still working on many of the lifts.  You can always improve whether it be in technique or strength.

 Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?

 It’s important to look at your fitness goals and alter your diet accordingly.  I would love to eat cleaner than I currently do but sometimes life isn’t always supportive of ideal nutrition.  Dont dwell on the bad days, we all have them.  Just try to maximize the good days and enjoy the process.  If you are enjoying what you are doing it helps maintain the motivation.  In my experience fitness is a commitment that never ends.  All the best things in life are usually a result of hard work and fitness is no different.


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