My name is Justin Jones and I am a full-time firefighter for the Nixa Fire Protection District. I am married to my beautiful wife Whitney and have two amazing daughters. Kylie who is 8, and Kayden who is 5.
October of 2009 was my first CrossFit experience, as I walked into CrossFit Springfield for my first class. Immediately I was greeted by all the members and staff, and I instantly knew I was walking into someplace special. I went in thinking I was in great shape and like many people, became humbled very quickly. The workout was harder than I could ever imagine, but it was just what I needed. I had worked out for years in a “Globo Gym” setting like most people and was bored with the everyday workout routine. When I left, I went home and told my wife about the great experience I had just had. It wasn’t all about the workout, but it was the feeling of already being apart of the family that is CrossFit.
I was blessed in February of 2010 to get my Level 1 Certification and become a trainer for CrossFit Springfield. My time there has given me some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have witnessed so many lives being changed, and it’s been a blessing knowing I have been a part of it.
In November of 2011, my wife and I began praying, as the desire was placed in our heart to bring the greatness that is CrossFit to the community of Branson, MO. God listened and worked very quickly. Within a few months we were fortunate to have a location and to be moving forward with this new chapter in my life. My goal is to take all that I have learned from CrossFit Springfield and share it with all of you here in Branson. I cant wait to be apart of this family and add a new community to CrossFit.
My name is Whitney Jones, and I have been doing CrossFit since November 2010. I am married to Justin, who is one of the most inspiring, positive people I have ever met. He introduced me to CrossFit and many days is my inspiration for pushing myself.
Before starting CrossFit, I was incredibly skeptical. I watched my husband do the workouts and heard him talk about them, and I thought there was no way I could ever do that. Then I watched him compete in the Heart of America (HOA) challenge. I was constantly cheering him on and telling him to do just a little bit more. After that weekend, I began wondering just how hard I could push myself in that same setting. The week after HOA I did my first CrossFit workout, and I was hooked. I learned to just do what I could but to never quit. I saw results quickly. My cardio endurance increased, and I got stronger. The biggest thing I gained, though, was confidence. I realized that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. Obstacles in life became like CrossFit workouts – just do what you can – and I believed I could tackle anything.
Now I am hoping to be able to share that feeling with the members of CrossFit Branson. I cannot even begin to describe the positive impact CrossFit has had on my life, and I want to pass that on!