James - July 2018

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This month's Featured Fit Dad is James Jordan, a father of four, a Captain in the United States Army serving as a Medical Officer, and a fitness fanatic — namely CrossFit.

James' fitness story is an uplifting and inspiring one born out of a scary situation for his family when he was just 11 years old. As you'll read in his interview, he and his father turned potential tragedy into an opportunity to bond through fitness, and it fostered a lifestyle for James that is going strong today.

James' passion for fitness and setting a good example for his children comes through in his interview, and I hope other dads find motivation in his words.

Here is James' story:

When did you first get into fitness?

As a kid I was always running around the neighborhood playing pickup games of basketball, football, and baseball. My sisters and I lived at the swimming pool during the summer months.

Ultimately, I began my fitness journey at the age of 11 years old when my father was diagnosed with cancer. He was also a service member at the time, and running was the one thing that encouraged him and built up his moral. During the school year I began waking him up at 5 a.m. to go run a mile. That mile turned into two, which then turned into three, which turned out to me loving fitness, my passion to help people, and most importantly my father beating cancer.

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, intramural sports, running, outdoor activities, and of course keeping up with kiddos.

What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?

I’d have to say pushing those around me and coaching has definitely taken the cake to any one achievement I have personally accomplished. There is nothing like seeing someone reach a goal, run faster, lift more, or improve their technique. The faces and reactions are priceless. One achievement I am proud of is during the 2017 CrossFit Open I was ranked the No. 1 military athlete in the state of Colorado, top ten military athlete in the Region, and top 100/8,000+ in the entire Region. I love CrossFit! :)

What is your favorite workout?

Isabel: 30x Snatches at 135 pounds for time. My favorite Olympic lift is the Snatch, so if you are reducing the weight and speeding up the movement I get excited.

In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?

I just want to be an example of a healthy lifestyle full of fun, hard work, healthy yet tasty foods, and of course, a little ice cream here and there to put smiles on our faces. I believe fitness starts with the example the kids see at home and the lifestyle we choose to live. Luckily I don’t have to try too hard, because these kids love to be active and we keep generally 95 percent healthy food at home. The 5 percent is the ice cream of course :)

What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?

Find a plan that works for you and your family and stick to it. It is all about staying consistent, and being that leader and example for you family. Starting can be difficult! I task you to write down your goals. Speak them out loud. Discuss the plan with your family, and put it into action.

My uncle use to tell me, “If you WANT things, DO things, and you will HAVE things!" While simple, this has been manifested into my life and I use it to encourage those around me as well as drive my goals. I pray that it touches another dad’s life like it has mine.