MEMBER SPOTLIGHTs

APRIL 2019

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JASON RUNELL

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DEIDRE RUSSELL

Get to know our members who display consistency, positivity, and growth on a daily basis here at Stroud Crossfit!
Each month we will pick one woman and one man who feel epitomize the environment and atmosphere of Stroud in our community!


 

What do you do for a living?

Jason: I’m a Mechanical Engineering Division Chief at Picatinny Arsenal - US Army Futures Command.

Deidre:
Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery 

What got you started in joining Crossfit?

Jason: I’ve always been very active throughout my life and have consistently worked out from the time I was 18 years old, mostly lifting (lots of bench) and very little cardio. I never really paid much attention to my diet or lifestyle habits. As a result, by the time I was in my mid 30s, I was overweight, eating like crap, drinking way too much, and smoking a half pack a day. At the time, I hadn’t seen any gains at the gym in years… obviously. I decided I needed to press the reset button and completely revamp my lifestyle. I joined Stroud Crossfit in April 2013, one month after the grand opening. I found that CrossFit was fun on so many levels, and I became 100% dedicated to my new diet and training regimen and never looked back.

Deidre:
I was sick of the same old running routine and wanted to do more lifting. I joined a CrossFit gym in Allentown in 2014 and loved it

What is your favorite aspect about Stroud?

Jason: My favorite thing about Stroud is the people. It’s the most supportive environment I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone at the gym supports each other’s fitness goals. The coaches enforce safe movement standards and encourage their members to get out of their comfort zones while the members push one another through friendly competition and positive encouragement. I’m grateful that there’s always people their to push me to become better. I have also made a lot of really good friends at Stroud, and I really enjoy the social aspect of it all.

Deidre:
The people I’ve met since moving here. Also seeing people work on a movement for a while and get it!

What are your current goals?

Jason: My current goals in order of importance are: to stay injury free, improve my health, get fitter, and make the top 200 in the CrossFit Open next year.

Deidre:
Ring muscle ups.

What is your favorite movement?

Jason: I don’t think I have a favorite movement. It used to be the movements I felt like I was good at. Now, I realize that working on the movements that I’m good at doesn’t contribute much to achieving my goals, so I kind of put them on the back burner. However, the movements that I’m bad at like rowing and burpees are certainly NOT my favorite movements either because they really suck!

Deidre:
Anything on the pull-up bar!

What is your LEAST favorite movement?

Jason: My least favorite movements? See above.

Deidre:
Thrusters and the assault bike :(

What is your favorite food?

Jason: I’m a big fan of cheeseburgers when I’m craving a cheat meal. I really like Five Guys and Wendy’s Baconators.


Deidre:
French fries!

Any special or hidden talents?

Jason: Surfing. I’m not sure how hidden it is, but it’s definitely an unusual talent for this part of the country. I grew up on the beach in Ocean City, NJ, and I took to the sport of Surfing in grade school. I became a half decent surfer and competed on my high school’s surf team and went on to compete in the Eastern Surfing Association as an adult. I don’t think too many people from this area surf, or realize that you can even catch decent waves on the east coast. I remind people that the big waves come in the Fall during Hurricane Season when we get lots of nor'easters, tropical storms, and hurricanes that follow the Gulf Stream up the east coast. People around here always look at me like I have two heads when I tell them I’m a surfer.  

Deidre:
I can play the piano