Name: Jason Hamer
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am from Minor but moved to Gardendale over 10 years ago. My wife Jennie and I have three daughters - Tanner, Laci and Chloe. I work in marketing and technology, so I spend a lot of time on a computer.What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?
It was because of my wife, Jennie. About three years ago, I could not lay down for two hours without having severe chest pains. It was bad enough that I went to the doctor on vacation, because I could not sleep. The doctor basically told me I was really out of shape, prescribed me three different medications and sent me on my way.
Jennie (obviously concerned) said if I did not start exercising she would sign me up for something. Long story short, I did not do anything, and she signed me up for CFG!
I distinctly remember pulling over on the way home to vomit TWICE! Everything else is a blur.What goals have you accomplished so far?
Pull-ups, Chest 2 Bar, Toes 2 Bar, Double Unders and a couple of others.What goals do you plan to accomplish?
My plans for the near future are to continue my consistency and become more dedicated to the cardio! Typically in the past, I’d work out for a few months then take two months off, and then repeat that process, but life is better when I exercise. I simply want to be more consistent. So far this year, I have stayed consistent for five months, and it really makes a huge difference!What hobbies or things do you like to do other than CrossFit?
I own a small business, so I definitely work a lot. But, I am very thankful for my wife and kids and the time that we do have together when I’m not working.What, if anything, has changed in your life since joining CrossFit Gardendale?
After three months of CrossFit, I’ve been able to trash the medications the doctor prescribed to me. I haven’t had any chest pains and haven’t gotten close to the weight that I was when I first started.What advice would you give to any new members?
Your health is a marathon- not a sprint. So, don’t be discouraged because it’s difficult or because you’re not as good as others. Their circumstances and journeys are not yours. Changing your lifestyle is difficult at first, but it’s well worth the investment.