HUGE CONGRATS to our in house karaoke specialist/ newest member of the month. I am not sure there is a single song that has been released on planet earth that JR doesn’t know every word to. When I emailed JR to inform him he was our newest Member of the Month, he responded “What! really? Why?”. WhY YoU AsK?! Because JR shows up every day, ready to work hard with the best attitude and brings the energy that everybody needs to our morning classes. If you see JR around (probably singing) tell him congrats!
- How long have you been doing CrossFit and how did you start?
WELL, I started crossfit regularly, I believe, in august 2020 (still a rookie). As to how I got started, it all begin 6 years ago, WOW, when a friend brought me to bring a friend day. Then for the next 5 years I would stop by with my friend on occasion to get an extra workout in here and there. I always had Tilt in the back of mind as a place I wanted to join, but didn’t see how I could make it work. Almost 2 years ago I was able to talk Reem into joining, because I had this feeling should like the community, coaches, and workouts. During COVID things changed and I was able to make the commitment. Since then, being a member of Tilt has made me feel like a younger version of myself again. I grew up training for sports everyday of my life and I had fallen out of that routine when I walked away from baseball. After a major knee surgery, I was sloppy and needed to find a way back and Tilt was the answer. The attention to fitness allowed me push myself to my limits at the time, and growing everyday to were I want to be physically as kept me coming back, well that and the QOD!!
- What do you do when you’re not at TILT?
When not at Tilt, I still play slow and fast pitch softball, even though my knees still scream back at me. Aside from that, I love food and live for traveling and having unique experiences. I’m a huge window shopper and take a lot of pride in editing and snapping off photos of my adventures.
- What is something most of TILT doesn’t know about you?
Well, I’m kind of an open book. But, here are a few..first for @bostonscopescene, when I was younger I went on a double date to New Haven for Pizza (obviously, don’t @ me). After eating a pizza and half (the guys pizza and half the ladies pizza), we walked a bit downtown. We stumbled upon a place called Ashley’s Ice Cream. This is probabaly where I should say, im pretty much down for any dare (within reason), but I never turn down a food dare. My freinds dared me to eat the Downside Watson, at the time it was a contest, 15 scoops 20 toppings – if you eat it the fastest, its free, you get a picture on the wall, and a free t-shirt (no longer a challenge and I believe a much smaller ask). Well, as I mentioned, I rarely turn down food dares so I ate it! 1 minute 59 seconds…and a new record! It held for 4 years, until a woman beat me, 1 minute 45 seconds. DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!
But, on a more serious note for the Tilt community, I’m an avid movie goer. The year before COVID I went to 85 movies in theaters. Ever since I was young, going to the movies has always been an escape. The big screen, the story being told, the acting chops, the cinematography, sound mixing it’s all amazing! I normally go alone and use the time to refresh and recharge. I think it’s important that no matter what is going on you find time for yourself, to connect with yourself and going to the movies has been my place to recharge. Something Reem doesn’t even know, I started writing a screen play about my father and I during COVID. We will see what happens and if I ever finish.
- Have you had a favorite moment at TILT?
Damn, all the hard hitting questions, honestly I don’t think there has been a single favorite moment, it has been a process. First and foremost, Lindsay and the other coaches let me do my thing (usually sing, when I need that extra motivation, or when it just hits right) which in return has allowed me to feel more comfortable, and push me to my limits. My goal at TILT is to get my lifting weight back to 225 across the board. When I was younger 225 was nothing and I want to feel that again. Im not there yet, but everytime I have pushed for a max, I have hit a new max, and those days, those moments are my favorite.
- Most importantly, now that you have the Member of the Month belt, what would your walkout song be?
Now this is more my speed, but still tough to answer….I love music from Country to EDM and Hip-Hop to Classical, pending the workout, pending my mood it all hits different. In my baseball days, my walk out music for hitting was – Ted Nugent, Stanglehold – the guitar intro gets people thinking, then when the drums come in (usally when im about to enter the box) they know its game time! But when it comes to lifting/working out I have to go with Kanye Ft. Young Jeezy – Amazing…well because “I’m amazing, yeah I’m all that, If I ain’t on my grind, then what you call that? Victorious, yeah we warriors We make history, strive off victory…I’m amazing, born on a full moon, I was bred to get it in, no spoon“