Our January Athlete of the Month is one of the most loyal and hardworking athletes at CrossFit Stevens Point. Jake Heagle has been supportive of our box since the day he started fundamentals. He comes in almost daily, works hard, suffers through the stuff he doesn’t like, works on his weaknesses, and as a result, his fitness level has skyrocketed in recent months. Not only does he work hard, but Jake represents CrossFit Stevens Point in competitions any time he has the opportunity. Jake has overcome some crazy health challenges over the last year and come out stronger than before. Jake, you are a pleasure to coach and your gainz have been inspirational.
Coach Alex has a soft spot for Jake. He says “Jake has made me one proud coach. We watched him ease his way back into shape with a slow but deliberate effort. He scaled accordingly and never got to far ahead of himself. It’s because of those decisions that his fitness has skyrocketed the last couple months. Jake is now seen towards the top of the leader board and is attacking workouts relentlessly. We love his commitment to the team and community at CFSP. I am excited for Jake and his road ahead!”
Coach Sam says “This guy just digs in no matter What’s thrown at him.. Such an awesome guy!” And Coach Ben, who coaches Jake multiple times a week, says “Always a good rivalry, great competitor, always gives me a challenging score to chase after.”
Here’s a little more info about Jake!
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Jake Heagle
Age/Birthdate: 30 / October 26, 1987
Where were you born/did you grow up? Born and raised in Stevens Point.
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees): Went to Pacelli High School and I have an Associate Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology from NTC (unnecessarily long name)
Career: Mechanical Designer at Greenheck Fan
Family (married, children, pets, etc.): My wife Bee and I just got married in June and our little bundle of trouble, Austin, will be turning 1 year old in January. No dogs…….yet
Where do you live in the area? We live in Plover about a song away from the box.
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? About two years before starting Crossfit, I was working out at Adventure 212 where I would do the typical bench press, dumbbell curls, lat pull-downs, etc. Occasionally I would attempt to give myself a heart attack by running on a treadmill. It’s one of those things where you don’t want people to know you’re dying on the treadmill (it’s too quiet), so you try to breathe as little and quietly as possible while also trying not to pass out. It was fun.
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit: I love baseball, but I haven’t played in about 9 years. I played bar league sand volleyball until about two years ago.
Tell us a little about your early CrossFit experiences? What made you try CrossFit? When did you start? What were your first thoughts during your first workout (or fundamentals)? Did you start at CFSP or another box?
One day after being sick of putting off joining a gym (New Years Resolution), I just said eff it and drove to Sconni Crossfit and CFSP. I asked Scott and the owner of Sconni to pitch each of their gyms to me, Scott’s pitch was better so I signed up for the March 2014 fundamentals. I can’t really remember what my thoughts were during fundamentals, but I remember coming into my first 5 a.m. class after fundamentals and it was the closest I’ve ever come to puking just because of nerves. I do specifically remember my second week of normal classes, we did 14.5 (21,18,15,12,9,6,3 thrusters/bar facing burpees) in class. It was like the never ending story.
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP?
I cannot speak enough to how amazing the community is at Crossfit Stevens Point. The support and encouragement I’ve received from CFSP members has been truly inspiring and a big reason I come back. But the main reason I keep coming back day after day is because of the RESULTS. Alex has a true gift when it comes to programming for results. Nine months ago I couldn’t do 10 burpees without stopping to take a breather. Today, I can do 50 burpees to target in 3 ½ minutes and be ready for the next movement. That doesn’t happen without effective programming.
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you?
Going from being last in most workouts to being able to compete with some of the best athletes in the gym.
Your proudest CrossFit moment?
Probably the first time I ever got a muscle up. I spent months practicing after class and it felt amazing to finally get one.
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome?
Building up the courage to come back to Crossfit after being out for nearly a year because I was being treated for Chronic Kidney Disease (called IGA Nephropathy). The effect steroids, chemo, blood pressure meds, and cholesterol meds had on my body was the most depressing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.
Most humbling CrossFit moment?
Probably every time I walk into the gym thinking I’m going to kill a workout and it absolutely kicks my ass.
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
My favorite movement is squatting. Front squat or back squat, doesn’t matter. To my own surprise, I’m starting to really enjoy chippers. Just pick a pace and grind.
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Snatches are probably my worst movement. I f%^cking hate the assault bike!
Your favorite WOD time?
5:00 a.m. #teamearlyAF
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit?
I pester my family, particularly my sister, every now and then to come try it out. So we’ll see if that ever pays off. My friends give me crap about #GAINZ, but it’s all in good fun.
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes?
I was a smoker for about 8 years prior to starting Crossfit.
Chinese food and total sucker for Chicken Alfredo
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows):
Favorite movies: The Jurassic Park/World movies are my #1.
Favorite TV show: I love watching car shows.
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games):
I enjoy working on cars when it isn’t to fix something that’s broken. I also enjoy cooking new things in the kitchen and grilling out.
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality?
Extroverted when I’m comfortable around people. Admittedly, I can be a little dramatic when it comes to how difficult a workout will be/was, but I put forth the same effort regardless. I try to be as encouraging as possible while throwing in a bit of sh!t talk every once in a while to keep things fun ;)