Name: Jason Jaffrey
Age: Holding on to 45 for just another couple weeks…
Occupation: Metro Market Sales Manager for GOLF Business Services (Golf Channel)
What is your athletic background? Extremely active growing up – baseball, basketball, martial arts, volleyball (court and sand), and passionate about snowboarding.
What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero? Aside from the occasional park workout and run with Jess, it was sparse, and lacking. Glad to be back doing CrossFit again.
How much weight have you lost since you began? About 12 lbs
How has CrossFit influenced your mental health? It’s certainly an outlet. When I’m in the middle of a tough workout, I find this to be a great place to be mentally. While I like to joke and have fun, there is a serious side of me that never forgets about other people (there or not) that are fighting tougher battles than just a bunch of burpees or a heavy barbell. This motivates and humbles me. Because of this, I am a huge advocate for people to do challenging things, and push themselves to do things they may not have otherwise tried.
How has CrossFit impacted your physical health? Love to be able to keep up with my kids, and push myself to be a healthier person.
What positive changes have you noticed in your life since starting CrossFit? Certainly the ability to I am usually more mindful of what I eat. Usually.
What was your first experience with CrossFit? Started at a box out in the West Burbs. One of my favorite memories was my first on-ramping workout; basically some air squats, push ups, and we had to try to handstand against the wall (and try wall walks). I flailed around, fell on my head, it was humbling of course, but since that day have always loved the variation of movements and workouts.
When did you start CF? Originally started in late 2012. Took a break, and came back just over a year ago.
Why did you choose CF Spero? Chose Spero over another box because of the sense of community, coaching, and overall environment.
What keeps you coming back? The fact that Dave bought 2.5 and 1.25 lb plates. Seriously, they remind me that progress doesn’t always have to be measured 10 or 20 lbs at a time. From a broader standpoint, I do like that I have seen Spero grow in size with the new location, and grow in other aspects (all the ancillary classes and workshops, added equipment, more Sweat classes, eager to try Ruck and Field, etc). Of course the people are what make Spero great. I look forward to forging more friendships while becoming healthier people.
Where do you live and why? Oak Park. I love the diversity of OP, and the inherent values that are at the core of the people of OP align with the way I was raised. Plus, we can get to/from Wrigley Field easily by train. Go Cubs Go!
What do you do for a living? I work directly with golf courses to help them connect better with golfers through applying the right solutions (services, technology, etc).
How do you like to spend your free time? We like to travel and be outside as much as possible. When I’m not making Jess laugh and roll her eyes at me, I am heavily involved in my boys’ lives and their sports, which is where I spend a lot of my time.
What do you like about Oak Park? City feel but a slower pace. Culturally, I like the diversity and how cool people are.
What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF? More mindful of what food, and drinks <sigh>, I put in my body. Also have become much more educated on self-care, stretching, etc.
What are your CrossFit goals? Just want to become stronger, fitter, and healthier, while ideally becoming a bit lighter overall.
What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF? CF can be for everyone, because of the scalability of every movement. Also, you’ll end up with a t-shirt collection that you never thought possible.
What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement? Favorite: Dumbbell snatches. Not good at them, but strangely like when they’re incorporated into a WOD. Least Favorite: Thrusters…those things are disgusting.
What’s your favorite meal? Sushi – going out for it, and doing homemade rolls, spicy poke, etc.
Anything else you would like to share with the Spero family? I always root for the underdog. I cheer hardest for the person who might feel shy, or embarrassed or intimidated to walk in to a gym, for whatever reason. I like to give the thumbs up to the person who is out walking for exercise, because perhaps that’s all they’re able to physically do right now. CrossFit is a great reminder that everyone deserves a positive and encouraging environment, and simply showing up is half the battle.