Jonathan Nyland

How and when did you start doing CrossFit?
I started at CFB in the Fall of 2012, so coming up on 5 years now. I first saw the CFB group at a sponsorship table
in the Village one evening (Cruise Night?) with Kaia, Becky and others challenging folks to do push-ups. Then later
my friend and neighbor Dave Robbins nudged me to come try out CrossFit. Thankfully, in my earliest days at CFB,
the coaches (including Erin and Kaia) eased me in and didn’t scare me away from CrossFit, despite my initial
inability to do almost any movement.


Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family? Job? Hobbies?
Originally from the Washington DC area (Northern Virginia). My wife Katherine and I have 3 kids: Duncan (20),
Fiona (18) and Charlotte (15). We enjoy living in the Village, with lots of CrossFitters in the neighborhood. I am
fortunate to have a very flexible work arrangement, which allows me to be a regular @8:30am workout. We love to
travel and have visited 35+ countries over the years.

Favorite WOD and Favorite Movement?

Favorite WOD: I’m a big Murph fan. I like to build up to it over the month or two leading up to Memorial Day.
Hoping to keep my time safely below my age for years to come.
Favorite Movement: Any kind of pull-up is good for me.
Least favorite WOD and Least Favorite Movement?
I just did La Vida Loca for the first time, and that was awful. But at least it involved movements I can handle.
Overhead squats are my worst movement. And then, of course, after 5 years, I still can’t do double
unders……Sad!!

Your Favorite junk food?
Milkshakes. Preferably “black and white”, combo chocolate and vanilla. I’ll even mix my post-WOD protein shakes
in this combo.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you want with
you?
Pull up bar, satellite radio, and flip flops

Describe yourself in one word?
Consistent. (Others, including my wife, call that boring…) I try to workout 6 days per week, and I never cherry pick
based on the WOD.

If you could create a WOD, what would it look like?
I’m happy the coaches do the programming work, as left to my own devices, I would not work as hard, or keep
things as varied as they do.
I look forward to the CFB workout each day. I really miss my workout on days when I’m traveling or tied up and
can’t attend. I truly value and appreciate what CFB offers to our larger Barrington area community. And as one of
the older CFB members (53, ouch), I love the healthy push and motivation we provide for one another.

Jonathan Nyland

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