"Member Monday: Jesse Velasquez"

Aiming for a couple of longer term and lofty goals: The 2019 Masters Olympic Weightlifting World Championships in Montreal and perhaps an individual berth at the 2020 Granite Games as a 40 year old Masters competitor?
 Photo Courtesy of: Samantha Chin 

Photo Courtesy of: Samantha Chin 

1. Choose 3 words that best describe you.
Studious
Loyal
Dedicated 

2. In 2-4 sentences, tell us - “why CrossFit?”
I had accomplished everything I had ever wanted to do from a bodybuilding and aesthetics standpoint and was becoming complacent. A friend of mine kept posting on social media about CrossFit. When I finally gave it a shot, I was instantly mesmerized by the daily challenges both physically and mentally which provide a never ending variety of fitness obstacles to conquer. It also brings out a competitive spirit that I really missed from my organized sports playing days, add to that the amazing community at Kingfield: it was a very easy choice for me to make this my fitness hobby.

3. What goals are you working on - inside of Kingfield?
Aiming for a couple of longer term and lofty goals: The 2019 Masters Olympic Weightlifting World Championships in Montreal and perhaps an individual berth at the 2020 Granite Games as a 40 year old Masters competitor? Working with 2 of the most dedicated coaches (Chris and Caitlin) will ensure that I am ready to go when the time arises. I have a tendency to over train if I am not careful and they know my mindset and body's capabilities as well as I do.

4. In 2-4 sentences, tell us what you’re up to OUTSIDE of Kingfield.
I run my own personal training and nutritional coaching business (JCV Wellness). There are so many ways that I wish to give back and fitness is my platform to do that (on a side note, thank you Danny for pushing me towards this path). I love helping others work to become confident, strong individuals through education, nutrition and fitness.

I'm also working on my house and building a relationship with my girlfriend and her children. Between owning a business and parenting on the side, I stay pretty busy outside of Kingfield, maybe in the future I can focus on becoming a competitive eater or professional Scrabble player? :) 

5. If you had 1 box for all of your things - what would you put in it?
My books (hence why I'm studious), sports and music memorabilia, family nostalgia (pictures, heirlooms and other memories of my upbringing), iPad, training and fitness equipment, cell phone, restaurant gift cards, clothes and car keys. I'm quite simple.

6. What is your spirit animal?
A Lion - Lions are born leaders, fun loving, confident and very loyal. Sadly this is true as well, on occasion they want to be the center of attention (I have a bit of that in me). I could have been cliche and said "A Unicorn" since they are so damn awesome and magical but a Lion describes my personality to a T.