April Athlete of the Month: Jay Reingold
By Chris Fox
It seems that April showers bring Jay Flowers… (let’s see if that name sticks over Jay-Star?). This fella has been with us a while and has basically tried every offering the we’ve had to date. He may have even tried to lift at Iron Maidens if we let him. Jay is one of our favorite people in the gym—he brings dedication and focus to his training, works on weaknesses, is part of the larger community, and his blog presence is practically unrivalled. Here’s your chance to learn a bit about the blog jokester, a man who is actually a self-described introvert.
Fox: Jay! Glad that we’re finally here and you’re AOM. Tell us how you first started at CFSBK.
Jay: Well, it’s about time! I expected to be recognized for all I bring to CFSBK a long time ago but I guess late is better than never... Anyway, I started in July 2011 with a private Foundations with Jess. I read an article in Runner’s World about CrossFit and was intrigued. I was a runner (hence the magazine) and had just come off a shitty 2010 NYC Marathon and knew I needed to get stronger. I’d previously worked with a trainer and did some strength training while running and it helped with injury prevention and my various “runner’s itises”... I knew I needed help and the Jack LaLanne in Bensonhurst wasn’t going to cut it. I visited the CFHQ main page and was all set to visit CFNYC until I walked by CFSBK on the way to Brooklyn Boulders.
Fox: So aside from having the hottest woman in the gym do your Foundations, what about CrossFit made you stay?
Jay: I found at all to be new and great. The instruction in Foundations and in classes was so great that I felt like I was getting a graduate degree in exercise science. The word “Athlete” was very powerful for me, that everyone was treated like an athlete felt great.
Fox: So we hooked you and you stayed, and now the whole family is part of the gym!
Jay: Yeah, I never really considered that I’d buy in to the whole community aspect of the gym but after a while it just started to make sense. Pairing up on racks and bars helped with that since you’re not just off on your own for a class and there’s opportunity to chat and get to know people. There’s always something to learn, dudes and ladies all lift together, and the coaching is really top-notch. All of my proselytizing finally worked and Adelle joined about a year after me. Our son Niko loves hanging around and is starting CrossFit Kids. The gym has become a large part of my family’s life. The sell was actually pretty easy for me. My body changed in that I slimmed down and packed on some muscle, but the icing on the cake was my next marathon. I ran a 3:22 which was a 20 minute PR (!!!) and qualified for Boston in 2013. The movements and logical approach to programming stuff just made sense.
Fox: Can you tell us a bit about Jay-Star’s alter ego? The guy that isn’t always crushing PRs at the gym?
Jay: I’m a Brooklyn native. I grew up in Kensington and Bensonhurst and spent a lot of time trying to get out. I lived in Manhattan for a while but eventually ended up back on this side of the river. I work at a marketing firm and spend a ton of time at a desk. It’s challenging work but allows for enough time away from it. Plus, I get to work with friends from college so I enjoy the work environment. Honestly CrossFit is my main hobby. I do like to read and will basically plow through the top of the NY Times best seller lists. Aside from that my main job is to run Niko around to play sports, currently tennis but he was previously super into soccer. I purchased season tickets to the inaugural season for New York Football Club so hopefully he gets back into it a little!
Jay: Well my first goal was to improve at the clean. After being told by a not-to-be-mentioned coach that “you’re pretty good at some stuff, but you suck at this,” I’m decent at them now. My current main goal is to improve at gymnastics progressions and work towards headstands, handstands, muscle-ups, etc... That and to have a lift or even a training method named after me. This about programming an entire cycle of Jay-Star Presses, or following the Jay-Star Method... maybe a new burpee version where you flop on your back? It’s a burden since I really just don’t want to disappoint the people but I really feel a drive to inspire the next generation.
Fox: Seems reasonable. Alright, Jokester Jay, last question... what should we look for in a future AOM?
Jay: When I thought about this (since I knew you’d ask), I realized that there are so many people who would be perfect for it. I guess I’ll just say that it should be someone considerate of fellow members and who takes their training seriously. Not like a Mr/Mrs. D Baggy Pants sort of serious, but who works towards progress with a positive attitude and is helpful to other members. I’d also add that the Intros/DROMs portion of each class allows us all to learn a bit about a person’s personality, and I think that participating in that makes a difference.
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