October 2017 Athlete of the Month

October 2017: The Fast Lane

It didn’t take long for Jayson to catch on…speed and technique are king!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

My name is Jayson Lane.  I’m 44 years old.  I’m originally from Alabama.  I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture.  I moved to Fairfax, VA for work right out of college.  I met my exwife and moved to the valley in 2002.  I have 2 daughters, Lilley – 13 and Bella 12.  I am currently a Business Developer (Salesman) and Estimator for a commercial landscape maintenance and construction company.  I travel out of town almost every day, mostly to the Northern VA area and parts of DC and MD.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

I started when Rocktown was about a year old, but had to stop because I moved away for about six months.  I moved back and this time I have been here since January 2015.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

I remember one of the first classes after PEAK was overhead lunges with a 45 lb plate, laps around the building and something else with a partner.  I thought I was going to freaking die.  It felt like my thighs were being shredded with forks.  Also, the first time I did Murph and the 12 days of Christmas were also eye opening experiences.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Anything with the barbell.  I was uncomfortable doing snatches and squat snatches, but as my technique has gotten better, I’ve become more comfortable with them.

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

Running and burpees.  Ugh, I hate running and burpees.

What are your goals?

Double under’s, kipping pull ups and kipping hand stand pushups.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

The comradery of doing the workout with other people and pushing myself to do things that people my age normally wouldn’t be doing.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

I love all food, but one of my favorite cheat meals is a Chipotle bowl with chicken.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Family.  I have noticed that no matter what is going on in people’s lives, members of The Rock are always there for support.  It can be a health or personal issue or something joyous like a career change or birth of a child, other members always rally around for support and guidance.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

It might be a little exaggerated to say, but The Rock was a life saver.  Some of you know that I went through a divorce a couple years ago that sent me into a downward spiral.  I stopped eating, stopped drinking and stopped sleeping.  I lost so much weight that I weighed what I did in high school.  I was dehydrated and was borderline insomniatic.  I was in a state of depression and family and friends were trying to get me to take antidepressants and go see a psychiatrist’s.  I fought it tooth and nail.  That’s when I made the decision to try crossfit.  Going to a traditional gym, I might go or I might not.  Sometimes I would go in, do 1 set of a certain exercise, grab my bag and walk out the door because I didn’t feel like being there.  With crossfit, I had to be at the gym at 6:30 pm, and once I was there, there was no backing out.  It held me accountable.  After a couple weeks, I started sleeping normal, my mood changed and my energy level went up.  I believe that if it wasn’t for Nate, Lauren, the other coaches and the members of The Rock, I wouldn’t have made it this far.  For that, I am grateful to everyone.  I also have to say that everyone at The Rock has been so nonjudgmental.  It doesn’t matter if you have been doing crossfit for years or are walking through the doors for the first time, everyone is there saying hello with words of encouragement and advice and are willing to help.  I’m also thankful to the 6:30 pm crew.  I’m usually the oldest person in there by 12-22 years, and sometimes more, like when the Broadway Boys basketball team is there, so trying to keep up with everyone is also a little extra push.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

If there was one thing you could bet on just about every day of the week is that sometime between 5:30-6pm there will be a white suv pull into the rock…it will back up into one of the spots in the back of the parking lot (typically near the curb opposite the entrance) and Jayson Lane will emerge.  We have been so impressed with Jayson’s consistency over the past year its about time he earned the title athlete of the month!  I can remember last year Jayson was very interested in competing in the open…he made it a goal to be consistent and scale certain movements to fit his fitness level and he went on to smash the open and has not looked back.  I can remember judging him on some of those workouts and anytime I would go “ok, lets count to 3 and pick it up” Jayson was grabbing the bar or dumbbell before I was done counting.  His work ethic is just awesome.  Most days he commutes to northern VA and I’m sure at times the last thing he wants to do some nights is come to the gym but he’s always there ready to work.  Jayson made a decision to put his health as a priority and I applaud him for that…10, 15, 20 years from now we will all be glad we did.  Lastly…you never know what someone is going through.  There’s no doubt we are in the fitness industry but knowing this place can be an outlet for so many other things is what makes it special to me.  I’m so glad Jayson picked us as his place to get back on the horse.  Someone once shared a quote with me “be miserable or be motivated, whatever has to be done, its always your choice” and I truly believe that and have never forgotten it.  The tools to succeed are right in front of you, sometimes you just have to pick them up.  Thanks Jayson, your an inspiration as a father and an athlete…keep up the good work.