Behind the scenes with our Barbell Athlete of the Month, Josh!
How or when did your focus shift to concentrating on Novem’s Barbell Club programming?
I shifted to the Barbell Club programming in December of last year to work on adjusting my form, as well as to help become more efficient during CrossFit workouts.
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to the lovely city of Philadelphia because of the military. I’m now also working towards my degree in Architecture.
What is your Athletic background?
My athletic background consisted of growing up skateboarding, and snowboarding. As I got older, I eventually transitioned over to functional fitness by means of the military. Functional fitness translates well to the necessities of combat arms, so naturally my workouts gravitated towards CrossFit over time.
What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
Snatch is definitely my favorite. I enjoy a good challenge, and that lift has awarded me that humbling experience.
What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
I have found the constant progression and individual nature of these lifts most rewarding. There’s no greater feeling than reaching that new PR, and knowing that you achieved that because of the work you put in. Then it’s right back to the grind trying to raise the bar again.
Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
Currently, I don’t have any aspirations to compete outside of just some friendly competition among my close friends.
How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
Novem Barbell Club has done wonders for my Olympic lifts, and my health. My PR’s have increased significantly, and I am more efficient than ever. Most importantly the tremendous coaching has kept me injury free. Before, I would regularly aggravate my herniated disc. However, since starting Barbell Club’s programming my form has been kept in check, and as a result have had zero issues with my injuries.