JAMES OAKLEY

 

When did you start doing CrossFit?

March, 2013

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in suburban Detroit and moved to Chicago after law school.  I live in Deer Park (Deer Lake Meadows) with my wife Anna and our two boys Jay (6) and Will (4).  My days are spent commuting to the Loop, practicing law (business litigation) in the city and chasing my boys around.

Growing up, my two brothers and I constantly played sports (football, baseball, track, hockey, ski racing, etc.). I played four years of rugby at Penn and also played for a men’s club team in Philadelphia.

What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?

Almost nothing for 9 years before I started at CFB.  I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2004, but did very little between then and joining CFB.

Favorite WOD?

Fran

Least favorite WOD?

Anything with double unders.

Favorite lift?

Overhead squats

Least favorite lift?

Snatch

How has your view about CrossFit changed since your first WOD at CFB?

I have moved from fear and apprehension to looking forward to going to CFB every day.  When I first started, I did not know how to do many of the lifts and was not in good shape.  Now I am excited to come in every day to work on getting better.

 What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of these goals?

I hoped to get back into shape and make fitness a part of my life again.  Since joining CFB I have lost 25-30 pounds and my bad cholesterol is down 80 points. I have accomplished my initial goals, but I keep moving the goal posts because I still have a lot to work on.

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

It has made a huge impact.  I cannot describe how much healthier I feel.  Focusing on fitness has also led me to improve my diet and limit my alcohol intake.

I did not grow up in this area and moved here from the city a few years ago.  Being a part of CFB has made me feel more connected to the Barrington community.

 What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?

Learn as much as you can from the coaches and other athletes.  Every little tip helps a lot when you are starting from scratch.  The two most important things I have learned are: 1) always force yourself to go up in weight every week.  If you are not tired after your 3X5, then you are doing it wrong; and 2) intensity drives results.  Pushing your limits is the only way to get the results you want.

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