In a little over a year, Jake Nunn has added 40 pounds of muscle and completely changed his body type, thanks in large part to CrossFit training. Now Nunn is hoping to help others experience CrossFit as he has been hired by the Carroll Wellness Center to start the new program at the Hillsville facility.
“This is a new initiative for Carroll Wellness Center to expand our exercise options for current members as well as potential new members. The CrossFit area also compliments and expands our existing weight room by adding three additional bench/squat stations and 1,000 pounds of bumper plates,” Carroll Wellness Center Manager Greg Hampton said. “We are trying to catch on to the current trending exercise program out there. I’ve always been the old bodybuilding style weight trainer, but I think we are kind of dinosaurs these days. The more I’ve studied CrossFit and functional strength training, the more interested I have become in it and am convinced it is here to stay. Also, our trainer says they do have a ‘masters’ division for guys like me.”
Hampton said CWC is also working toward a CrossFit Kids Trainer Certification to allow the facility to offer a structured class to youth. He said he is not aware of another gym of this type closer than Blacksburg.
“I’m excited about the potential for this program and the energy and passion our trainer, Jake Nunn, has for CrossFit,” Hampton said.
CWC has now opened its new CrossFit/Functional Strength area and classes have started under the tutelage of Nunn, a CrossFit Level I Certified Trainer. Classes are currently scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m., 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., on Tuesdays at 4 and 6 p.m., on Thursdays at 4 p.m., on Fridays at 6 and 8 a.m., and again on Saturdays at 8 a.m.
Just 18 years old, Nunn said he was always in good shape growing up, but he was never interested in mainstream sports. He ran track and did some weightlifting on his own, but it never seemed like enough to obtain the body he desired. But then a few friends mentioned CrossFit.
“I laughed it off and didn’t really listen because I was the typical gym rat. However, one day I actually looked up CrossFit and watched Rich Froning and James Hobart do Frantasy Land in Rich’s garage. In that moment, I realized
CrossFit was going to be a major part of my life from then on out,” Nunn said. “I instantly fell in love with the challenge and fun of the workouts, even though on my first one I had to scale the weight and still ended up overexerting my lower back. But I was hooked!”
Nunn said he quickly started learning better technique and worked his way up to doing more difficult movements. Even so, he still initially struggled with the E-bar muscle-up. It was a frustrating time because muscle-ups are so frequently used in CrossFit workouts, and Nunn couldn’t do one.
“About that time I was deciding that I wanted CrossFit to be my plan for the future, so I knew I needed to learn how to do them. One day, after months of struggle and trial and error, I did one,” Nunn said. “Yet the next time I tried I got the same failure I had gotten so much before. So I sat down in the corner by myself and prayed. I didn’t ask God to be able to do one; instead I decided to be a little bolder. ‘God, this is a move I need to learn if I want to have a future in CrossFit, so if I do one now I know I should continue working hard, and if not, I will give it all up.’”
Nunn said he walked up to the bar fully ready to leave it all behind. The next thing he knew, Nunn was on top of the bar asking himself if that really just happened.
“I don’t think God wants me to be the next Froning, Bailey, or Khalipa, but I know He has a purpose for what I do and I’m enjoying every step of the journey to finding that purpose,” Nunn said.
Nunn has now advanced to the point where he will be competing in many upcoming competitions, in addition to helping train others in CrossFit at the Carroll Wellness Center.
“I believe CrossFit gives people the ability to live happier lives through living healthier lives and through becoming an affiliate,” Nunn said. “I hope to be able to better the lives of many more people so that they can be better able to fully enjoy all the greatness of the world our God has given us.”
CrossFit is a worldwide strength and conditioning fitness program designed for all ages. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional athlete, the CrossFit program is designed with universal scalability, making this the ideal exercise program for anyone, regardless of age or experience. You attain these goals using a wide variety of exercises,
including running, rowing, plyometrics, gymnastics, weight training and Olympic weightlifting techniques. The CrossFit program is sure to challenge you, no matter your current athletic abilities.
To learn more about the CrossFit program, visit the Carroll Wellness Center’s website at http://www.carrollwc.org/ or call (276) 728-2500.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN