Brian Jeffray– Grandpa, Investor/Insurance Ninja, Local Historian, Comedian, and Vegetarian Workhorse. Finished 9th overall in his category in Canada East for the 2017 CrossFit Open! Came in FIRST in the thruster/double under workout.
What does your typical day look like?
I started to attend CrossFit six or seven years ago and my routine has changed over time. Since MCF opened I have attended mostly the morning class, initially to get it done and out of the way, but now it is such a part of my morning it feels weird to miss it. Going to the gym at 6 am gives you 300% less chance of coming up with an excuse not to get there. My only proof for that number is that by the time you read this I will have completed over 1000 workouts since MCF opened. Not everyone is a morning person, but I am and I enjoy the company and dedication of the others that also work out at 6 am.
I wake up at 5 am without an alarm, and throw on the gym clothes that I set out the night before. I drink one glass of water, and then check the web so I know what everyone is going to be talking about all day. I have biked to the gym– summer and winter– almost from the start. Burning more calories of fossil fuel driving the car 1.5 km to the gym than I will burn working out does not sit well with me so I bike or run there. Bad weather has not stopped me from biking in the winter as much as you would expect. I don’t think I would miss 5 days per winter because of it. Chris Watson, the ultimate cyclist, inspired me to do this and now I am extremely reluctant to drive there. Why would you want miss another fitness opportunity in a day?
Favourite way to spend a Friday night?
This will sound pathetic to those of you with a social life, but the thing I prefer to do on Friday night is absolutely nothing. Between getting up early to work out and working from 7:30 to 5:00 without a break for breakfast or lunch, I am toast by Friday and I just want to eat and veg out. At this point I need to say that I do intermittent fasting during the week, so the one time I eat is between 5 and 6 pm. On a bad day I will still be eating later than that, but I try not to. This has been an experiment since the first of the year and I am not convinced of its merits for health yet, but I sure get a lot more done in a day when food and meals take so little time. I am starting to think writing this is a bad idea. I am starting to sound stranger the more I write.
When did you start working out and why?
I think the opening of the Y was the inspiration for working out. I hit 220 pounds after working in an office job and I knew I had hit the wall when I realized it was getting to be an effort to get in and out of a car. If I kept up that lifestyle I was going to have a miserable life and probably a short one.
What is your favourite thing about working out?
I would not move a muscle if it was up to me to workout on my own. The best part about CrossFit has been to show up and know there is going to be something completely different and challenging to do (I never check to see what the workout is going to be before I go), and know that there are good coaches and other athletes there to share in your victories and defeats. We also document our workouts so you can follow your progress – and even after all this time and in spite of aging I am still improving; it’s great to see and share in the progress of others. Also, CrossFit should kick any trace of misogyny out of a man’s head– dammit, women are tough and for their weight they can out lift me and do a million other things better than I can. Just not having to think about what to do is well worth the membership! Being shown how to work out and lift properly and safely along with the encouragement is a nice bonus.
What is your favourite type of workout?
I am not going to pick a favourite workout because the variety is what I like most.
Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I only half joke that with all the time, money and effort that I have put into this, I should be a lot better at it than I am. If on the other hand, I look back at the fat guy aged 45 that could hardly get in and out of the car without huffing and puffing, fitness and CrossFit have probably saved my life — and at the very least made it a lot better on many different levels.
Any good recommendations for books and movies?
If you want to check out the weird and wonderful world of intermittent fasting, look up Jason Fung.