Jason Stewman has the consistency formula down pat, and it’s paying off in multiple ways!
Jason, 43, is a long-term health care coordinator. A few years ago he began to find himself bored and lonely in his workouts.
“Before CrossFit, I started running 5Ks, and was running 3 to 5 times a week….but it started getting boring and I had hit a plateau. Plus I worked from home, and running didn’t provide any extra socialization– which I needed.”
Classmates will tell you Jason tends to be reserved and laid-back. But once you get him talk, he’s happy to bond with his CrossFit9 family over a tough WOD.
Jason is originally from Sylva, NC, where he got his first taste of the kool-aid at Catamount CrossFit.
“My sister-in-law said she would do CrossFit if I would, and we joined a local box on-ramp. A few months after the class ended, I moved back to St. Pete. I tried a couple of affiliates before I found CrossFit9.”
Jason says CrossFit9’s proximity to his home downtown was an initial draw, but the other amenities and sense of community made it a great fit.
“My first impression of CrossFit9 was that it has great space, good equipment, and lots of options for classes and class times. My first few months as a 9’er were spent trying to figure out which classes worked best for me and to keep me on a great schedule. Loved the 7:00 AM WODs and my classmates! (Miss you guys and gals. I have been switching it up lately and going various times.)”
Even by shaking up his class schedule, Jason is disciplined about making WODs a part of his daily lifestyle. He’s usually in the gym 5-6 times per week. His training consistency helped him change his mindset and start craving better habits in other areas of his life!
“When I started CrossFit I was eating terribly, smoking cigarettes, and drinking at least a 2 liter Diet Coke daily. I no longer smoke, watch what I am eating and drinking, and making sure I am taking care of myself. I feel better about myself, sleep better, and feel great!”
“Since joining CrossFit9 my cholesterol and blood pressure have been within a healthy range. The doctor was once considering putting me on medications, but thanks to CrossFit9 I have avoided that for now!! I have also gained muscle and cut body fat. I am very happy about my progress.”
Jason’s progress goes well beyond the physical.
“CrossFit9 helps maintain my mental health, emotional stability, and well-being, which helps me in my everyday life for sure!”
“Most days I amaze myself with what I can accomplish. I usually look at the WOD before class, and think to myself… well, I can’t do that, but I am going to try my best. I am happy that I am getting much better with pull-ups!”
Jason’s fitness isn’t confined to the box. He also likes to enter the occasional obstacle race!
Other athletes would be wise to emulate Jason’s mindset combination of consistency and goal-setting.
“I want to work on getting Double Unders down, and want to work on getting a muscle-up. CrossFit9 coaches and community have helped motivate me daily and continue to motivate me.”
If you’re reading Jason’s story and feel a spark of inspiration, he has some advice.
“I would tell someone to just join, and I don’t think I could live without CrossFit so, I know it was the right choice for me.
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