Justin Shaughnessy

“Hello, my name is Justin Shaughnessy, and I’m addicted to CrossFit.”

If there were ever such a thing as CrossFitters Anonymous, I fear I might be forced to attend a few meetings. Imagine a bunch of scantily clad maniacs huddled together confessing their undying love for performance based fitness, and maybe snacking on some grass fed jerky. This might be preceded by an intervention of sorts, with family and friends gathering to vehemently tell me how much I’ve ignored them to spend time at the gym and watch CrossFit videos on my iPad. Would they get through to me? Would their unity in the cause make me realize something I had been missing? Nope… I heart me some CrossFit folks…I heart me some CrossFit like Jessica Simpson hearts glazed doughnuts.

Like many of us, for most of my adult life I have slaved at a globo-gym to acquire what is the common perception of fitness. I ran on a treadmill, I lifted weights, I never stretched, I had no guidance, and there was certainly no competitive environment (unless you include flexing in the mirror). Over the last few years it became more and more difficult to motivate myself to execute the same routine, and often it was easiest to ignore it all together.

In January of 2010, a friend and I were discussing this very challenge and he mentioned a program he and some of his Marine buddies were doing called CrossFit. It was free he said, and they posted a new and different workout daily on their website. That night I curiously perused CrossFit.com, reading articles and watching demos, and smugly thought to myself I would give it a shot. I certainly wasn’t sold on the idea, after all, how hard could a workout be if it only took a few minutes?

The next few days I scared the ever living shit out of the people at my globo-gym. I ran from the treadmill to the rower to the weird padded pull-up bar to the kettlebell racks and back again. I made a lot of noise, and generally pissed people off. I also absolutely destroyed myself. Any doubts I harbored about the validity of the workouts were quickly dispelled, and I was hungry for crossfit knowledge. I read all I could and I continued to try as many workouts as I could handle. I quickly realized I lacked the equipment and expertise to complete a lot of the workouts, and my search for a box commenced.

I found CrossFit Fenway after about a month of experimenting with CrossFit, and since then my life has only changed for the better.

I have been at it now for about seven months, and I can’t get enough. I am stronger, faster, lighter, and have more stamina than I ever have before. CFF annihilates me on a daily basis, and the strange thing is, it only makes me come running back calling for more. To this I credit the amazing staff at CFF of Eric, Stacey, Joe, Aaron and the proud papa JT. All of you have created an environment that is open, challenging, and supportive, and fosters remarkable personal growth.

The second ingredient integral to our delicious CFF pie is the remarkable membership. I am in awe on a daily basis of the people I get to train with, every single one of you is an inspiration. As members, consider all the gyms we collectively have been a part of, and realize how lucky we are to be part of the family that is CrossFit Fenway. I will be doing my first CrossFit competition in November, and even though I know I have a long way to go, I’m excited to be going there with all of you.

Now if only CrossFit could give me hair like Eric Papachristos…

  13 comments for “Justin Shaughnessy

  1. Scrappy
    October 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Well-said, WODkilla. It’s been a pleasure working out with you over the past 4-5 months; here’s to many more.

  2. Eric P.
    October 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

    nice work in the past year for sure, and excellent job on big strength gains as well as getting a great handle on a lot of the skill work.

    trust me, the hair creates a lot of drag on the runs, hence my slow wods that have running…

  3. Haley
    October 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    J$, you’re amazing. i’ll always remember how you pushed me through those 5:30am workouts back in january when i first started and was struggling big time.. you’re an inspiration every day and my secret goal will always be to beat you at SOMETHING…maybe one day

    great write up… my only complaint: no shirtless pics?! :)

    • Jen G.
      October 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

      But with skins on arms.

    • Logan
      October 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      Way to go Justin! Nice write up. But what’s this about J$? She’s not mentioned anywhere.

  4. Dan P.
    October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I just want to say thank you for tearing it up every morning. When I get to CFF, usually at 7:30 am or noon, I love to look at the board and go “Justin did what!” That’s great motivation for me to get better and stronger. Good luck at the Beast of the East!

  5. Jen G.
    October 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I have to say, I love walking in and watching you get after a WOD. It was pretty motivating doing that awful ‘steak in a bag’ (so not surprised about the origin of that name) next to you!

  6. Nathan
    October 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Justin, you are an inspiration and an antidote for complacency. It is one thing to know that there are people out there fitter, faster, and stronger than oneself. It is another thing entirely to stand next to that person and watch them tear through a workout like they were born to do it.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to train with you.

  7. Jen G.
    October 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I forgot this earlier- I would totally be sitting next to you in those meetings.

  8. Tiffany
    October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Since my first day at CFF, you have been an such important part of my 5:30am routine. You are a daily inspiration, but more than that, you are an awesome support. I can’t count the number of times I have been on the floor of the gym, gasping for air after a WOD, and I look up to see you reaching for my hand. Thanks for your endless encouragement, it means so much to me. Good luck at Beast. I am so proud of you, and I will be there in spirit cheering you on.

  9. Nick
    October 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Rock… on. I love that no matter how many times you may out-perform many us numerically, you’re always pushing yourself, and you never act “better” than anyone else. Those’re great qualities.

    Glad to have you around!

  10. Yosh
    October 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You rock, dude. Seriously a pleasure picking your brain and bouncing ideas back and forth with ya, bro. You have a really welcoming personality and it’s never about you at any point. You offer good advice as well as a motivating work capacity. Super impressive, keep it up bud!

  11. DAD
    January 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    You have always, and continue to, make me so proud!
    Now you can and inspiration to the list of joys you have brought
    to this old man. Maybe someday we can get Crossfit to the hills

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