Congratulations to our February Athlete of the Month, Jonathan Butler!
Jon has been a part of our Ivy City Community since December of 2017. Having been the third(!) “Jon” to join our community, he is now known affectionately as “Butler”. Butler is a huge part of our early bird crew in the 5:30a class with rare attendances in the PMs. But no matter what class he attends he always brings a great attitude and smile with him! Butler had a background recreational sports including skateboarding and a little Weightlifting. Having heard about CrossFit from a few friends, he moved to DC soon after graduating college and found CrossFit Hierarchy Ivy City.
Over the past year Butler has consistently impressed our coaches as an athlete, particularly when it comes to lifting. With a Deadlift north of 400lbs and squats north of 300lbs (Front Squat 335lb!), he never disappoints when a 1RM is a part of class. Don’t let that fool you into thinking he doesn't have an engine though, because he always manages to rank among the fastest in our class WODs at the end of the day. As is so often the case at CrossFit Hierarchy, sheer athletic performance is not why we named Butler our Athlete of the Month. Instead it's because he is also a great guy and a pleasure to coach or take a class with. Quick with a joke or a burst of energy, it’s never a dull moment with Butler in class. Dont just take our work for it, have a conversation with him - We promise, you won’t regret it!
We’re extremely proud of Butler and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for him. Read on below for our interview with him. Congrats on being our February Athlete of the Month, Butler!
When did you start CrossFit?
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
I'm originally from Nebraska and I love reading books, especially fiction.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
Recreational sports, skateboarding, and some weightlifting.
How did you find CrossFit?
I was first exposed to Crossfit while I was in college through a friend who was watching the Crossfit Games and told me about the sport. Katrin Davidsdottir and Alethea Boon were some of the first athletes that I heard about and I was really inspired by their hard work. So after graduating and moving to DC I looked into Crossfit gyms and found Hierarchy Ivy City.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
Wow! Everything hurts BUT how come I didn't try this earlier? and how can I can better at this??
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
My original goals were pretty vague like I just wanted to "push myself to my limits" so I can improve but once I actually started understanding more about Crossfit my goals became more focused on improving my mental and physical endurance as well as improving my Olympic lifts.
Have you achieved any of those goals?
I think I have become a lot more mentally strong but I'm always working to get better and go to the next level of fitness. I remember when I first started out and was either finishing last, getting time capped, or just wanting to quit before the workout was over but the constant support from folks in the gym has encouraged me not to give up on myself.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Most definitely. Beyond the benefit of becoming more fit, and that fitness translating to a healthier me in other aspects of my life (work, personal, etc), I feel like Crossfit has helped me better manage my stress and my general outlook when I encounter obstacles in life.
What does Crossfit Hierarchy mean to you?
It means understanding that growth is necessary for change and change doesn't come easy, but if you're willing to work for it and learn from the folks around you then you can achieve some amazing things.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
The holiday throwdown was really fun! I was in the mindset that it would be super stressful so I was a little nervous at first but the whole event was a blast and I even PR'd my power snatch unexpectedly.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Hierarchy?
a) Talk to the people in the gym and get to know them. It's always nice to meet new people and learn what brings people to Crossfit. b) Be kind to yourself. Crossfit can be challenging and it's important to remember that nothing worth having, especially fitness, comes overnight. So take the rough days with the good ones. c) Don't forget to breathe!
Favorite WOD (Girl, Hero, or just a type of workout)?
Least Favorite WOD?
Least favorite lift?
I don't hate any particular lift but if you're asking what movement makes a WOD super spicy then it's definitely Clusters. lol.
Something you might not know about me is…
I love aquariums and museums.