August Member of the Month: Justin Ferland

Member Spotlight: Justin Ferland

Over the course of the last year here at CrossFit Sanitas we have seen Justin make major strides as his consistency has increased. His approach to training, “Mechanics, Consistency, and then Intensity” has allowed him to grow and develop as an athlete. We love seeing Justin’s enthusiasm and work ethic in the gym. It is great seeing him get better and work hard day in and day out.

We asked Justin a few questions about what he enjoys most about CrossFit as well as what his biggest challenges are in CrossFit.

Member of the Month Q&A

1) How did you get started with CrossFit? What was the primary driving factor?

“In 2015 my mother was researching exercise and movement. Her whole life she has always been active but recently didn’t have a solid, full body, and reliable method of exercise. She researched into CrossFit and enrolled in Cross Fit Julia. After three months there she tried a free class at CrossFit Sanitas and found that she loved it. After about three months she promptly put me into the teens class and I distinctly don’t remember having a choice in the matter. Honestly, for the first five months I did not enjoy it, but then I started connecting with the sport and noticing my body change. Now it’s one of the greatest things thats happened to me.”

2) What are your goals for the upcoming 2017/2018 CrossFit year?

“I really want to be able to do muscle ups and squat snatches with ease. I have worked hard on muscle ups and am just now getting the rhythm down, but I know there is a lot of improvement to be made. As for squat snatches, I’m just not as strong overhead as I am other places, I really want to improve my stability in order to master them.”

3) What has been your biggest challenge you have had to overcome since starting CrossFit?

“The biggest (amongst many) is being upside down for handstand pushups. It was at least seven or eight months before I even considered going upside down. But one day Dwight strongly told em to just do it, and after that I steadily got more comfortable with the matter. I still don’t like having the world upside down, but I can flow in and out with much more grace than I ever thought possible.”

4) What is your favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?

“Cleans… Because… How couldn’t you love cleans?”
“Favorite workout is MURPH: – Its long, simple and I do enjoy arm movements. I finished in 55:30 almost as long as a normal class. Love that!”

5) What is your least Favorite CrossFit Workout/Movement?

“Overhead squats. And honestly it’’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I’m not that stable going into them. I think with more focus and working on the form with the proper weight, I’d really come to like them.”

6) What advice can you give to those just starting out in CrossFit?

“Biggest advice is to trust the system. Trust the movements, trust the coaches, trust the WOD’s and and trust the exercises. Keep with it and don’t skip a class because of a lazy feeling. Just trust the way Sanitas is planning things out. Consistency is the greatest way to succeed in CrossFit.”

7) Lastly… what is your most memorable moment in Crossfit?

I was 15 or 16, (Had only been at Sanitas six Months-ish) and the Teens class was deadlifting to a one rep max. During that class I was somehow able to lift exactly 100lbs. Getting into triple digest made me want to really see how far I could take my movements and my body. Today, I’m squatting 180lbs and looking back on that teens class shows me just how far I’ve come. It’s kind of scary to see THAT kind of an improvement. Very eye opening…”

Member of Month Workout: Performed on Monday 09.18.17


9min AMRAP
6 Strict HSPU
12 Squat Cleans at 95/65
3 Muscle-Ups

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