Andre Javier

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

My personal best in the mile senior year in high school was a 5:06. I was probably the 20th fastest distance runner on the track and cross country teams.

Fast forward to 2009. I was biking 3 miles to work then 3 miles home. Every once in a while I’d go for a 5-8 mile run. I’d do an occasional road race, and go for an occasional swim. I thought I was in decent shape, but I felt like I needed something more.

A buddy from high school suggested I try CrossFit. “Dude, you’ll get hooked.” A buddy from college invited me to cheer him on at Fight Gone Bad at Primal Fitness, and I was intrigued the whole time.

So I attended a Crossfit Boot Camp at Primal Fitness and was hooked. I hadn’t touched a barbell since high school PE. 6 months later and consistently Crossfitting 3-4 times a week, I hadn’t run longer than a half-mile in one sitting, maybe a few WODs that included a few rounds of 800’s with 30 double-unders and some barbell thrusters.

Then I ran a 5:41 mile, without having gone for a long-distance run in more than 6 months. Just CrossFit. 18 years after my high school PR. Plus I was stronger, could do handstands, pull-ups, Olympic lifts, and felt like I was in the best shape of my life.

I was even more convinced.

Now, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help others learn to CrossFit. I’m a firm believer that Olympic athletes and our grandparents have the same fitness needs; they just differ by degree. We all fall somewhere in between.

My wonderful wife, delightful two kids, and I live a mile away in Brightwood Park. During the day I work for an energy efficiency consulting firm.