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15 Kettlebell Swings Swings 53/35
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Underneath the Hoodie: Jeremy Fisher
By Margie Lempert
Born: Allentown, PA
Grew up: Atlantic Beach, Long Island
Place of Higher Learning: New York University, Psychology
Do me a favor. Put on your headphones. Now, click here (skip the ad) and settle into the story of Jeremy Fisher. Trust me, it’ll make the whole experience more… epic.
In third grade, Scholastic Reader had a listing for Gods, Demigods & Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology. He forced his mom to order it, and it quickly became his essential text. It was the perfect book: no stories to wade through in order to extract facts, he could just know things.
The Encyclopedia eventually led the way to the full blown myths, as well an early fascination with World War II. He read about weaponry and equipment and personal narratives and strategy and planning. He fell in love with Alexander the Great and the Persian Wars. Myths and heroes, guns and knives – this is what decorated his interior life and occupied most of his time, not that anyone knew. His ardent reading relieved him of the need to deal with people, from whom he always felt apart. The oldest of four boys within an impressively large extended family, Jeremy was at once the one in the charge, and the one who couldn’t be persuaded to look up from his book.
When Jeremy was about 3, his grandfather ran over him with a lawnmower. The accident laid him up in the hospital for 6 weeks with a broken femur. That’s a long time to be secluded from others, especially at such a young age, and his resulting imaginary life may have its genesis in the event.
Lest you think little Jeremy was pure geek, I’ll tell you the other story of his youth: you see, at the same time he found his Encyclopedia, he also found the wrestling mat. He took to it quickly and developed a very aggressive style which relied on the unconventional use of his legs. He wanted to break his opponent’s will, and to him that was best done through pain. An angry kid, the mat presented an acceptable place for him to hurt people. It also taught him how to walk away from the anger when the match was over, perhaps saving him from a more troubled adolescence. In the wrestling room, Jeremy was on top, but he did not derive a lot of social confidence from his abilities.
High school was spent making weight, playing D&D with his buddies and working on the beach in the summers (he grew up between the bay and the ocean). He was an erratic student: a great test taker with a naturally good aptitude for school, but no real desire to excel at what didn’t interest him. Ironically, he was best at science and often got along poorly with his english teachers. In the middle of high school, he started running track to keep in shape and that’s where he met he first serious girlfriend, who he stayed with through most of college.
NYU. A partial scholarship and the lure of the City trumped his other thought of joining the Navy as a pilot. He intended to wrestle there, but at some point towards the beginning, he suddenly found he just wasn’t that interested in it anymore. He wasn’t crazy about the coach, and there was all this other college stuff to explore. It was a good thing because, at his girlfriend’s prodding, eventually he joined track and ended up meeting his most long lasting friends. As a Div III school, the team was never very good, but Jeremy was able to keep it in perspective. After all, losing a wrestling match usually meant you got hurt, whereas losing a race just meant you ran slower than the other guy.
College was a mixed bag emotionally and left him a little bewildered. After 9/11, Jeremy once again began thinking about the military, so he enrolled in Officer Cadet School on an aviator contract. Part way through training, he injured his back and was sent home. It was a hard incident to get over. He took a job in his Dad’s company doing interior construction jobs for big box stores. He was on the road, working nights and getting more and more out of shape. When he left that company to work for RSI, he finally started to find his way back to the gym.
He started with the basic Men’s Journal deal, but knew enough to recognize that it wasn’t super effective. Good intuition about bullshit programs and an impressive ability to search the web led him to Rippetoe and others like him. He decided it was time to get strong. Within one year he was pulling in the low 400s, benching around 300 and squatting in the low to mid 300s.
When he first found Crossfit.com, the workouts seemed fun, but he was dubious about its lack of consistent lifting. Nevertheless, he started figuring out how to incorporate WODs into his lifting regimen. In 2007, he decided he would follow mainsite in addition to his lifts. He was back at his Dad’s company, still working odd hours and often lifting in the middle of the night after a shift ended. And then he heard about CFSBK. David had just moved indoors when Jeremy decided to check it out. His first class consisted of him and some hungover guy from out of town, but with a promise from David that the next class would be deadlifting, he returned. It was a little strange to be with people again, but also nice to express his competitiveness in the company of others.
Jeremy went down the CrossFit rabbit hole full force and even took himself to the 2008 Games where he placed 32 out of over 130 male competitors. It was a different thing back then: scrappier, but with unexpected and inspiring performances of athleticism. When he returned to Regionals in 2009, he saw the writing on the wall: CrossFit was changing and the competition had already outpaced him.
In 2008, the financial crisis virtually shut down construction and his Dad’s company had to drastically reduce staff. Jeremy’s layoff was rough, but it also prompted his path to coaching and piloting his first Strength Cycle. He had originally envisioned it as a strength biased CF class, but David pushed him to make it exclusively about lifting. It brought him full circle and he was happy to be back with the bar full time.
Of course, Jeremy is still an obsessive reader and consumer of information. He’s prone to late nights of video games, comic books and internet surfing. It’s impossible to tear him away from anything with the printed word or zombies and guns. One of his most compelling subject matters is atheism. A fervent believer in the untruth of religion, Jeremy arrived at his beliefs through science and evolution. He has always been fascinated by how things work, and, for him, evolution is the most elegant explanation of animal behavior and function. He started reading Richard Dawkins in his mid-20’s and quickly picked up Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchins, Jared Diamond and others. Nature documentaries, especially those featuring predators, captivate him and he retains a shocking amount of information about what he sees.
And then there’s me. Or rather Jeremy and me. Let’s just say, he knew early, was persistent, and I’m the better for it.
So, now you know the story of the hulking guy on the platform (who is roughly 50 lbs bigger than his high school incarnation). He’s not so scary, is he? But don’t tell him you know that.
Favorite Comics: Punisher; Walking Dead; anything by Garth Ennis
Favorite Books: Gates of Fire; Blind Watchmaker; World War Z
Favorite Video Games: Assassins Creed; Shadows of the Colossus; Grand Theft Auto
Favorite Music: Johnny Cash; NIN; Nirvana
Favorite Lift: Squat
Mark Rippetoe for his clarity and foundation
Jim Wendler for his awesomeness
Andy Baker for his programmatic wisdom
Upcoming Strength Goals: Squat 450; Press 225; Bench 350; Deadlift 525
He’s a manny in the making. Always been great with kids and loves to be with them
He knows the meaning of all the Beatles songs
He knows about shit you don’t think anyone does (except maybe Malcolm)
Favorite way to eat eggs:
Mixed with flour, sugar, baking soda, chocolate chips and baked.