Athlete Profile: Jarrell J.

It’s Saturday, which means another athlete feature!
Meet the Moga Pants guy
Name: 
Jarrell Julien

Favorite nicknames: 
Idk, “the Moga pants guy.” I guess don’t really have a favorite nickname. I have a childhood nickname that’s followed me around for a long time, but that name shall never be discussed over the interwebs.

Hometown: 
Donaldsonville, LA

Age: 28

Occupation: Realtor
Maxes
Strict Press: 160#
Back Squat: 370#
Front Squat: 315#
Deadlift: 415#
Snatch: 195#
Clean: 275#
Jerk: 255#
Overhead Squat: Idk#
Bench Press: 275#

Favorite WoD: Helen (pull ups are my jam). (Author’s note: WHO SAYS SHIT LIKE “pull ups are my jam”? Jarrell, you’re a sick individual.)
Least favorite WoD: KAREN!! I’d rather have my toe nails chewed off by Steve Buscemi. (Ouch. Steve’s teeth would be rough on the toe.)
Describe your sports and fitness background: 
Everything! I’ve played some basketball and football and ran track in grade school. Besides that stuff, I try to dabble in everything. Billiards, bowling, tennis, table tennis, golf, etc… Would love to try archery one day.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?: 
The same place everyone learns anything from: TV! One day after leaving my regular gym session of 
Monday-arms and back 
Tuesday- core and cardio 
Wed-skipped leg day… 
I realized I was getting bored of it and as I’m thinking this, I happened to see a Reebok commercial. I saw people doing push presses, box jumping, lunging, and it looked like what I was looking for. So, I googled the commercial, found out it was called crossfit, googled crossfit and found Red Stick Crossfit.
Pre-Crossfit. That’s not Paleo, Jarrell.
What was your first WOD like?: 
My first WOD was Angie ( 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 air squats) and it felt like death. I remember hitting the 35-40 pull up mark and thinking “there’s gonna be a problem here.” I swallowed my pride, got a band for the rest of the pull ups and just chipped away at the rest. It was 20-30 mins of feeling like I was gonna die. I wanted to give up but I didn’t and after it was over, I was proud that I didn’t. So, I came back after I got over all the soreness, which was about a week later.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body since starting CrossFit (before and after): 
Seen? Not much, but I guess it’s because I see myself everyday and I don’t notice it until I see a really old pic of myself. My friends tell me I look bigger and my jeans tell me the same. I can tell that body has more definition. I’m all in it for the performance, the body is just a nice side effect. (His jeans are the reason why he’s the moga pants guy. He can’t fit any jeans anymore. His quads rip right out of ’em. My solution? Men’s Yoga Pants. Seems legit.)

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like Crossfit? Expected or unexpected?: I’ve become A LOT more open to trying new things. I eat a lot of different foods I never used to or wouldn’t even try. I went indoor rock climbing, which is something I probably wouldn’t have bothered to try before, and I loved it. Gonna do it again when I can.
What’s your favorite lift and why?:  
CLEANS! It’s just the right amount of technique and power for me. The technical part is getting the weight to your shoulders, then it’s just being strong enough to squat it up. I’ve never had trouble getting out of the bottom of a snatch. Once it’s over head and stable you pretty much got it, but the hard part is getting it over your head and that drives me crazy sometimes.

Funniest experience related to CrossFit?: 
I’d have to say it’s probably the way I met Chris Spealler. Ace, you know the story and as hilarious as it may be, I’m not gonna tell that story online, but for anyone reading we’ll just say I met him in a bathroom. (it is the most aca-awesome story ever in life. If you want to hear it. Email me.)
Name one goal you have achieved since starting CrossFit and one goal you want to achieve: 
Squatting over 300# was one thing I was really proud of when in happened. I’ve maxed out my squat maybe 3-4 times since I started CF. The first time it was 290#, the second time it dropped to 265#. I was kind of discouraged, but I got strength plan started working on it and BAM 325#! The next goal I want to accomplish is cleaning over 300.
Any advice for people just getting started with CrossFit? It’ll REALLY suck at first, but don’t give up too quick. The community is the best part about it and you’re probably not gonna truly understand that community in the first few weeks. Don’t worry about the workout, they’re all scalable. Just try to get to know the people at the gym. They’ll be the reason why you stay or leave. 
What do you tell yourself to keep motivated? During a workout, I usually just keep thinking, “a few more reps,” although sometimes I may have 2376876234 reps left in that workout. I just trick myself into thinking I’m almost done. I really don’t think I need motivation to go to the gym anymore, because I like going and I know I’m gonna have fun no matter what I’ve got ahead of me. Hence, why I believe the community is the best part of crossfit.
This is a great picture. Way to shut your eyes, Nate.

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