November Athlete of the Month - Jonathan Keller
Published November 1, 2015
Jonathan is one of our most dedicated members. He is always the first to arrive and the last to leave--doing twice the work of most. He can often be seen pushing or pulling a HEAVY sled with his adorable daughter, Avery in tow in the parking lot while the rest of us are crawling to our cars.
Jonathan - Hello all! My name is Jonathan Keller. I am 26 years old, have been married for 8 wonderful years this December and have four beautiful little girls. I currently work in logistics, but as a recent college grad, am pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer.
Back in high school, I was an avid athlete. I played soccer, competed in track and field, and even made it to state championships each year I competed in Cross-country. Initially, I intended to compete at the collegiate level. But then life happened. What with working full time, going to school, being married, and having kids….I simply stopped training. Call it what you want, but in its pure form it was just laziness. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to train; I wanted to compete, but had no motivation to do so. This led to me continually trying to get back into shape, but never following through to fruition. At my heaviest, I was 180-190lbs, which might not seem like a lot. But for a guy who weighed 140lbs most of my life, it was discouraging. Then CrossFit entered my life. I first heard about CrossFit around three years ago - watching a replay of the CrossFit games online. I admit, I thought that it was something like a strongman competition, or the Scottish Highland Games--something that only a few people do to show off skills in a certain skill set. Boy was I wrong. After visiting several CrossFits in the area, trying movements and workouts on my own, I finally was pushed into OCF by some close family of mine – mainly, my wife bought me a 6 month membership in advance, so there was no going back. And here I am, nine months later, a better human being because of it.
In my first three months at OCF, the biggest differences I noticed were the ones outside of the gym. Attempting to get more sleep (four hours used to be a “good” night’s rest for me) and starting to actually watch what I was eating – to name a couple. I noticed how much more energy I had and how I started to feel less and less lethargic. My biggest accomplishment at OCF is the fact that I have been consistently coming in on a weekly basis for the past nine months. There was a time when I thought that I would never be able to get back to working out that often, but know if I miss a day, I go crazy!
What’s best about OCF is the people. The community that has been built here is a big reason why I kept on coming back after my first few weeks at OCF. Everyone is encouraging, approachable and willing to help - particularly if I am messing up on a lift.
As far as goals go, I simply want to master all Olympic lifts, primarily the snatch. A more long term goal is to compete in local CF comps.
Current / goal weight
Deadlift: 255 lbs / 360 lbs
Back Squat: 245 / 320
Snatch: 145 / 200
Clean and Jerk 175 / 250
Front Squat 215 / 275
Press 135 / 175