CFHW regular and current Paleo Challenge challenger (go, Paleontologists!), Jack Staurskiy, is our October Member of the Month! You can find out all about Jack in the interview below and celebrate him next TUESDAY, October 11, in his very own workout.(Details are hush, hush for now, but you’re in for a treat!). Congrats, Jack!!

Name: Jack Staurskiy
Age: 31
Occupation: Massage Therapist. I was a live in caregiver for about 3 years before becoming a masseur. My patient has been living with MS since the early 90’s and has been bedridden for the last 20 years of his life. I was always working with his body and noticed that any kind of manipulation would bring him relief. It eventually blossomed into me becoming a masseur.

How long have you been CrossFitting and why did you start?
I’ve been CrossFitting for about a year now. I was bored of the same routine at LA Fitness and needed something much more challenging. The reason I specifically joined CrossFit Hollywood is because of a video I found on YouTube. I typed in CrossFit Hollywood and out came a video of Andy doing burpees. What sold me was that he was doing this to Pantera blasting in the background. It really was not the burpees.

What is your favorite WOD?
Fight Gone Bad and Bear Complex

Is there a movement you wish the coaches didn’t know?
Pistols. It’s notoriously difficult for a heavyweight. I don’t understand the need to squat on one leg. It’s bananas!

What’s on your suck list?
Movie disappointment. I hate going to see a movie that I’m super excited about and it turns out to be total garbage.

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can mimic the sound of a water drip.

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment.
My moment is the day I received my key tag chip for multiple years of recovery. I was asked to speak at a meeting that day and right before I opened up to talk, I took a deep breath and smiled. In that moment, I felt blessed and grateful to understand where my life was and where it is now.

What can you do now that you thought you’d never be able to do the first time you walked through the gym doors?
Weighted strict pull-ups. A year ago, I could not even do one freaking pull-up. I eventually went from the black band to the green band to the gray band to no band. It feels really good to do something your body couldn’t do before.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Just have fun with it and don’t ever quit a workout because it’s hard. You wouldn’t want it to be easy anyways. It’s really rewarding when you notice the progressive improvement of your workouts. 🙂



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