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Jake Nerenhausen: “You could probably consider me a gym rat”

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Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit journey:

I grew up in “the boonies” and spent most of my time working on our small farm or for the family business. This, for the most part, kept me out of traditional school sports. I started lifting weights in high school as it was a good individual activity that could be done at any time and on my schedule. From there on, other than a few short stints playing “winger” on my high school and college rugby teams, you could probably consider me a “gym rat”. I generally made my own workouts or followed other bodybuilders’ plans; all typical lifting activities with light cardio here and there.

What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?

Though I enjoy lifting, Monday chest, Tuesday legs, Wednesday back, etc. can quickly get boring. My wife, Desiree, routinely helped me mix up my workouts by attending HIIT classes or occasionally practicing yoga, but, none ever seemed to really hit the high note. I was listening to a “podcast” a few months ago which featured Kelly Starrett (an apparent CrossFit training legend) that created a spark motivating me to hit-up Google in search of the nearest box.

Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?

I had a great first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh. The environment was positive and both coaches and athletes seemed very welcoming.

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?

The hardest part for me is to continue to remind myself that I am only two months in and that I have to keep realistic expectations.

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?

So far, I think my favorite part of CrossFit is how welcomed everyone has made us feel. It’s really hard starting something new like this, and it makes a big difference to not feel completely out of place. We’ve felt a ton of support…

What are your current goals in CrossFit?

I cannot stop thinking about doing a muscle up.

What is something we don’t know about you?

Desiree and I have a huge, 3 year old standard poodle named “Dwight”. The best way to describe his personality is… weird.

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