Jon during “Murph” on the 4th of July
Our September Member Spotlight is Jon!!!! It’s safe to say that if you have been in a class with Jon, you know him, because if he doesn’t recognize your face he will introduce himself immediately and welcome you to class. Always spreading the CrossFit love!!! Jon has such a passion for CrossFit and we love when he comes to class because we know he is going to eat up the workout and learn everything he possibly can. Jon has a particular love for the Olympic lifts and his work on his speed and technique is paying off big time. He is a staple at our Olympic Lifting classes and is practically bouncing off the wall with anticipation as class time approaches. He recently competed in what we are sure will be his first of many CrossFit Competitions. Count on Jon to be there in class with a smile on his face and cheering until the very last athlete has finished the WOD. Keep working hard, Jon!!!!
Name: Jonathan Tan
Where are you originally from? Singapore, Singapore!
What high school and/or college did you attend? Wilton High School, Wilton CT. And UCONN!
Favorite sports teams: OK, so…I don’t follow sports. Part of the reason is that I actually never played in any team sports in school. hahaha I did track and cross country in middle and high school, so I can run run run! Oh I love running, but when it comes to throwing, catching, passing, kicking…yeah…gotta work on that. hahaha.
What do you do for work? I am a Landscape Architect, and I mainly work on residential projects. I work with other Architects and Engineers to find the perfect place for buildings on a property, and I’m also involved in designing and overseeing construction of everything outside the house. So if it’s fencing, masonry, swimming pools, parking lots and driveways, pergolas, lighting, gardens and plants, etc., that’ll be me! My average day isn’t much different from kindergarten…I draw circles and lines, play with color pencils and markers, and make models with paper and glue. Hahahahaha I love it
When and why did you start CrossFit: Well, I think the first time I did CrossFit was before I had even heard of it. I’ll never forget one of my instructors in the military. He was a Ranger and suuuuuper fit, and physical training sessions with him were really something else altogether. They were always functional, involved thought and strategy, teamwork and motivation, and most importantly FUN!
We all learned so much from him with regards to how we could make fitness meaningful and enjoyable, and how to build not only ability but community. No workout was boring or ‘standard’, and no two were the same, it was always challenging both mentally and physically. Turns out he was basically programming CrossFit WODs for us (this was before CrossFit went viral). After that, physical training was never the same.
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: Favorite would have to be the Snatch! First pull.. Second pull.. Something Magical?.. IT’S OVERHEAD!! OH MY GOD IT’S OVERHEAD!
Least favorite…that’s a hard one because I really do like all of the Olympic lifts. Each of them are a conversation between technique, strength and confidence. Learning to balance each of those elements is so much fun. But between rowing and wall balls…man I gotta work on those. Just like running. Run until you love it…right?
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? The first WOD that I can remember was ‘Filthy Fifty’I think, although I probably did others before that. I remember being tired as hell, but felt a sense of tremendous accomplishment.
Greateast CrossFit Achievement so far: Muscle Ups! Just like the snatch, so much of it is about technique and timing. After 4-6 months under the guidance of our lovely coaches I managed to pull off my first one! And because of all the stellar training and advice I was given, the movement came almost naturally. :))
CrossFit Goal for 2015 and beyond: The next challenge I would put myself to is participating in a few local comps and test myself in that environment. I’ve been shy to sign up because I didn’t think that I could compete at that level. I found myself mainly restricted by my light frame when it comes to heavy Rx lifts, but I’m beginning to find ways around that limitation like making up time in bodyweight movements or focusing heavily on technique to overcome strength limits. I can see now that a lot of it was a self imposed ceiling, and I would really love to get out of the frying pan and right into the fire! I am most curious to see if I can maintain my form under the competition atmosphere and how far I can go.
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: I love watching documentaries! Some find it boring or stressful, but I love watching them to learn about the world around me. I feel like they’re portals into areas of life that I would otherwise never encounter.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” Be a continuing conversation with yourself and your body. That’s what I enjoy most about the sport. It’s a great way to learn about yourself and how to connect with your body. Every WOD feels like an opportunity to look in the mirror and acknowledge all the fears and limits and failures…understanding the challenges and getting comfortable in the face of adversity, then finding ways to overcome and excel. Some challenges come easy, and some take months if not years of work to achieve. But to be honest, I think those are also the most meaningful and memorable accomplishments. The best part is that it’s a journey! And what great friends we have at 203 to journey alongside with.
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….: Hiking and camping and enjoying the outdoors!!
Other comments?: A huge shout out to all of our amazing coaches. I honestly don’t think we can thank them enough for creating such a conducive space to learn and share and grow together. Their knowledge and experience always keep us grounded and safe, and their passion and commitment inspires us to strive ever higher. I think that it’s an honor to wear the responsibility and title of a coach because it’s so much more than an occupation. It’s a vocation – a calling – to be more than your job, but to also be a leader, mentor, teacher, friend, physician, trainer, and much more. And I believe we’re lucky to have the bunch that we have!
Moves and Aurelio working through those heavy SDHP’s
Kendra and Kasey setting up for a rep
Some of the 5 pm ladies repping out pull-ups during “Chelsea”
Kaz getting his chin over the bar
Jess on her way up!