A big sweaty high five to our Member of the Month – the ever steady, consistent, and pragmatic – Jason P! Jason holds down the fort at our 8:15 am class and, before that, was a 9 am regular. Jason is a long-time member of FitWit Nation and has experienced success all these years because of his flexible approach and his positive and realistic mindset. Jason never loses sight of the big picture and has been open and able to adapt to all the things life throws at us – injuries, age, kids 😉 – things that would cause many folks to fall off the wagon whereas Jason finds a way to make it work. Read on below to learn more about our new Member of the Month and soak up some of his wise words!
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Georgia (on the coast south of Savannah)
Occupation: Web Dude at The Carter Center
When did you first start FitWiting? In 2008 I joined “FitWit”, a new-ish “boot camp” style workout group that was conveniently down the hill from my house. My genius plan was to use the 6-week course to jump start my return to athletics after some injuries and then train on my own. The FitWit was great, my followup not so much. In time I learned that it was the team that kept me motivated and returned to Fitwit in 2012-ish. Been going more or less regularly (life happens) since.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Book-ish all my life, I played rec sports (badly) as a kid, then started backpacking and climbing out west in the 90s. After moving back home to Savannah I got into triathlon and competed from 2000-2007. My biggest races were Ironman Florida, several St. Anthony’s Olympic distance triathlons, and the Marine Corps Marathon. I blew up my ankle three days before running the NYC Marathon in 2006 and it’s been a long road back to where I want to be.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting FitWit? I had pretty much maintained my weight with an active lifestyle since high school. But after moving to Atlanta and hurting myself I gained about 40 pounds. Over the course of several nutrition challenges, I dropped that weight and then picked it up again in muscles (well OK, it’s not *all* muscle). Now I have a solid pushup, passable pullup(s?), fit into clothes from 25+ years ago, and have energy and positive outlook to spare. I can press both of my children over my head and throw them across a pool (not at the same time).
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected? I had no idea I could go for a month without sugar, dairy, grains, or caffeine, but with the help of a team I did it and now I know I can do it. So I know I can set difficult but achievable goals, believe in myself, take the time, make the investment, and have the patience to reach them.
Why do you FitWit? To be healthy, to feel good, look good, and set a good example for my kids. And so I can do whatever I want, like finally taking that surfing lesson and learning to wakeboard.
Favorite workouts? I always want to get to the gym if I see a run in the schedule, I like being outside. And my attention span is real short so I like the fast change workouts. Maybe I’m kind of OK at the airbike sprints. Favorite part of all workouts is the cooldown – I walk in, see the board and think “Ugh” and then it’s over and I’m like, “I did that!”
Least favorite workouts? Too many squats.
Three words to describe you: Reliable, competent, adventurous.
Any favorite FitWit moments? 100 burpees for time, by myself, with two trainers watching.
Fitness Goals? After several years of effort, I’m in a feel-good place for me right now and want to maintain my weight and body fat as long as I can. I want to make sure my kids see me as healthy and strong to set a good example. Also, multiple unassisted pullups and consecutive double-unders.
Words to live by (Favorite Quote)? “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?”
Something cool we don’t know about you? I’ve been learning to sail the last few years and plan to someday charter a boat to take my family down the coast into the Caribbean.
Anything else you’d care to share? Be patient with yourself and do what you can. It all counts.