Jim Pfaendtner

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I wasn’t very active growing up beyond using my thumbs to play video games. In college I started running to get in shape and got totally hooked on endurance/distance running. I completed my first marathon at the age of 19, just 2 months after I ran 5 miles for the first time.  Moving into my day job as a professor at UW, running became a mental trap and a huge stressor because I would just think about work instead of relaxing and having fun. An old friend from college suggested I try out CrossFit. I remember walking in the door at CFIB, thinking I was “in shape” because I could run slowly for 4 hours.  I was very wrong.  

I’ve been at regular at the 7am class (a.k.a. the best class) for almost 5 years. The community, support, and fun at CFIB are unparalleled. I’ve found a healthy outlet for stress (I always tell people that you can’t think about work when there is a loaded barbell over your head), friends to brainstorm about eating and obsess about workouts, and a group of expert coaches and trainers who are eager to help me meet and exceed my goals. Completing my CrossFit L1 trainer certificate and starting to coach classes every week has been a fun and exciting next step. 

My favorite thing about CrossFit is how easily it adapts to anyone and how well the methodology works - when I walked in the door I couldn’t do two pushups or any pull-ups no matter how many bands I used (this is not an exaggeration). My second favorite thing is how there is always “a next thing” to learn or work on. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “Wow, I wonder if I could ever do that?” after seeing some awesome athlete in the gym lift big, do a cool gymnastics trick, or crush a workout. The coaches at CFIB have always been there for me, helping me plot a course to success time after time. 

When things get discouraging in the gym, at work or anywhere else I try and fall back on one of my favorite quotes for inspiration. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”