We are so happy to announce that Jordan Koloski is our King of the Hill for March! Even though he’s only worn the badge of “COTHlete” for 6 months, he has made a name for himself on the leaderboard and has become an irreplaceable fixture in the evening classes. As a coaching staff, we are impressed by Jordan’s commitment to his mobility. While he stretches (both before and after class), Jordan excitedly provides his fellow athletes with tips and words of encouragement and motivation. Oh, and the box dogs LOVE him. No sense in trying to get their attention or adoration when Jordan is around! We are so grateful that Jordan has become part of our family!
Keep reading to learn more about our King!
What brought you to Boston?
I graduated from St. Lawrence University in May of 2016. Living in upstate New York for the past four years was, in all honesty, was pretty miserable. There wasn’t really anything to do. So when I applied to pharmacy school, I knew that I wanted something different and more exciting, so I applied to Northeastern University right here in Boston. In addition, my brother attended WIT for his undergraduate degree, so I felt like I was comfortable enough with the area that it wouldn’t be too overwhelming of a change. So here I am.
What drew you to CrossFit?
I used to play soccer, but, for personal reasons, I did not play in college and instead focused on my grades. However, like many others, I felt like something was missing from my life once I no longer competed in a sport. I started looking into some HIIT programming and doing some basic workouts. About two years ago, I tried my first Crossfit class. I remember it like it was yesterday. Benchmark girl: Barbara. At this point, I had thought that I was in fairly good shape. I worked out everyday and I thought I would be fine. I think I made it through three rounds, and then I had to stop. I nearly fainted; I was hooked. I had never had such a humbling experience in my life. But I also knew that with hard work and dedication, I could be really good at this sport. In addition, I like the community (cult) that is Crossfit. Although there is a competitive sense among individuals, many people are there just to improve themselves. But, perhaps unknowingly, are subconsciously adopting a “one more rep” mentality, where they start to push their boundaries and learn what they are truly capable of. These people and the overwhelming support from those within the Crossfit community and in your local box push you to be better every day. That is one of the best things about Crossfit: surrounding yourself with individuals who make yourself better everyday; this is what draws me to Crossfit.
What keeps you coming back to COTH?
When I came to Boston, I looked at a number of different Crossfit gyms before choosing COTH. Beyond being less than 500ft from my apartment and a really good price, I think COTH has a really good community and good coaches who emphasize technique over anything else. The Olympic weightlifting side of the gym is also a huge plus to COTH because any technique that you can learn during barbell classes can be transferred over to Crossfit and vice-versa. I’ve noticed that my Olympic weightlifting has got a lot more proficient since being at COTH.
Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?
I’d say my biggest improvement with Crossfit has come through my gymnastics. Being a smaller athlete, I worked really hard to get good at body weight movements. My two biggest struggles with Crossfit are the jerk due to my overhead mobility and mental toughness. Sometimes, the only thing you want to do during a workout is stop, but finding the inner strength to continue on and learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable, i.e. “the dark place” is something that I still have to work on.
If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use?
Ring muscle-ups, running, and power cleans.
Meat head nickname (with explanation)?
My nickname at my other gym is “Tug Boat”. When I go home, I work out with four guys, one of which is the head coach and a master’s division athlete. In other words, he’s kind of old. One day, one of my friends said something and Ralph, the head coach, misheard it as “Tug Boat”. So now that’s my nickname at that gym. He tried to make it make sense, but I still think it’s a little random.