September’s Member of the month is Jon Lucas!
These articles just get harder and harder for me to write. There are so many people that I could justify to be member of the month. Thank you to everyone for all you have done to help make the community in the gym as outstanding as it is.
For this month it was easy to write about Jon, but first the Marines…
The Marine Corp is one of the most proud and honorable organizations in the world. Across the military branches (Air Force, Army, Navy…) marines have a little bit of a reputation as being arrogant, with just a tinge of a “we’re better than you, and tougher than you” attitude. They get away with it because they can back it up. When I graduated Ranger School, the honor grad in my class was a Marine Force Recon total stud and bad ass. But he didn’t win that award just for getting himself through school, it’s because he lead his platoon-mates to have the highest graduation percentage in the entire group. He cared more about everyone else more than himself. And all my old Army comrades are beside themselves with happiness lately, because now they get to role up their uniform sleeves…pretty sure the Marines made that “look” cool…I think the number of bicep curls in the Army went up about 1000% after they allowed that!
I talk about the Marines, their reputation and characteristics because many of you that know Jon, know that he started training at Yeti Cave CrossFit in order to eventually join the Marine Corp. They told him to lose over 70lbs and he is well on his way. He is down around 50lbs so far and going strong. The desire to serve and the pride in our country that Jon has, will make him a great Marine, and his training at Yeti Cave CrossFit is helping him towards that goal, not just physically, but mentally as well.
When Jon first joined the gym, there were times when you could see it in his face, doubt about the length of the road ahead, leading to his dreams. Especially as he realized it there’s no easy way to get where he wanted to be. But that it would be a daily challenge. Jon continues to stay with it, telling the doubting voice in his mind to “shut up”, and now tells himself that he CAN do it. We all have those same voices in our head. Jon’s struggle is not that different than each of ours. Jon’s daily choice to beat back those voices and strengthen his resolve serves as an inspiration for everyone.
At the beginning of Jon’s time in the gym, he had to learn how to regulate training and rest. He often wanted to workout 3-4 times a day. Once or twice he insisted on learning the hard way, that training that way doesn’t necessarily lead to faster progress when you become too sore to move the rest of the week. We shifted his mindset from thinking he had to train 4 times a day, to thinking that nutrition is the key. He understands that he needs to train hard 4-5 times a week and to treat each meal as his next training session. That way he’s getting 3 training sessions a day just by making better choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Jon has heart. Maybe one month into starting at he gym, he signed up to be on the Yeti and Sprinting Turtles, Tough Mudder team. He completed that entire event, completing obstacles he never thought we would. Making it up and down a MOUNTAIN, covering over 10miles! Mental super-win. That’s the kind of mental toughness that will serve him well in the Marine Corp.
Jon has heart. He makes a point to support each person in the gym every day he’s there. He also makes a point to be friendly and just be their friend, helping make everyone in the gym feel welcomed. At the end of August, Jon helped me get about 500lbs of equipment and promotional material to CSU’s plaza on two different days. He stayed and helped man the booth for around 16 hours that week. Sharing his story with students and faculty, answering their questions about the gym, and encouraging them to pursue their health and wellness goals too. So many of the members helped me to execute that outreach plan, but Jon was certainly a crucial player in the event.
Jon is one strong ass dude; these past couple of months he’s hit the “turbo-boost” mentally, as he is going harder, heavier, and longer in each workout at the gym. Tell him to keep it up when you see him, but you better be quick because he’s on a roll, and pretty soon we’re all going to be trying to keep up with him!
Jon represents the Yeti Cave mottos “Win the Week,” and “Move More, Live More” well. Be sure to congratulate him on being September’s Member of the Month!