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October Athlete Of The Month – Yakov

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Let’s hear it for this month’s athlete of the month…. Yakov!!!

Yakov was one of our founding members when our doors opened in back in 2017. That’s when he officially began his CrossFit journey. He has been a constant source of presence, encouragement, joy and mobility goals in and to our box family. Each day when he arrives, he jogs in with a smile while waving his hand high to each of his classmates eager to start his morning off with that day’s WOD. Yakov has an incredible athletic ability, is smart, humble and strong. With each rep his internal drive to get better is apparent. Everyone at the box loves him and he never “disrespects the iron” by stepping over his barbell. Coach Jared recently said this about him, “As as coach, I really appreciate how Yakov is a positive light every time he walks in the door. I’m always excited to have him in class! He works super hard, but he’s also just a really great guy… and happy!”

We absolutely love having you in our 2024 family Yakov and we can’t wait to see all the wonderful gains in store for you! Keep it up!

Some fun facts about Yakov:

Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A: A little longer than 2 years

Q: Why did you originally hop on the CrossFit Express?
A: Because of the variety of the training process 

Q: What motivates you to keep going and working hard?
A: I think that consistency is a key for progress and also it’s a lot of fun.

Q: What’s your favorite movements in CrossFit?
A: Turkish getups

Q: What are your long term goals?
A:  I don’t have any so far but I’d like to compete as much as it possible. 

Q: What’s your biggest accomplishment since joining 2024?
A: More that 2 double unders in a row and rope climbs. 

Q: What’s one hidden talent you have or interesting fact about you?
A: When I was 14 I walked about 60 miles in 4 days. It was for a medieval re-enactment. We dressed up like vikings and went.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: The Big Lebowski 

Q: Favorite coffee/lunch/dinner spot in ATX?
A:  Michi Ramen

Q: What’s one item on your bucket list?
A:  To see Alaska

Q: What are you looking forward to the most the remainder of the year and into 2020?
A: Nothing specific just a couple of punk shows here and there I’d like to visit.

Q: What’s something you’d say to someone considering joining CrossFit for the first time?
A: Encourage them to get used to hearing your coach say, “Squeeze your butt!” Haha