Our Mischief Athlete of the Month for March 2021 is Jeff Ward, loving and supportive husband of veteran Athlete of the Month, Martha. Jeff began joining us as a guest several years ago, stopping by once every week or two as his work schedule allowed. Quickly, Jeff graduated from occasional drop-in to regular member. And as Jeff’s rate of attendance improved, so did the quality of his movement. As a fitness participant, Jeff possesses tremendous explosive potential, which lends itself naturally to weightlifting and powerlifting movements. Jeff excels at the back squat, and few athletes could perform as many (unbroken) kettlebell swings as Jeff without setting the weight down. In fact, his “never quit” mentality is one of several traits that set Jeff apart from others—in and out of the gym. Another is his passion for University of Arkansas football. (That was NOT a dig at the Razorbacks, Jeff. I swear!)
Joking aside, you will never encounter a more chivalrous or gentlemanly training companion. Whether it is holding the door open or grabbing an awkwardly bulky box for a fellow member, striking a conversation with a shy newcomer or unfamiliar visitor, or finishing a WOD side-by-side with Martha, Jeff enhances the fitness experiences of those around him through his encouraging spirit and selfless conduct. Those like Jeff Ward embody the community aspect of CrossFit. We are very fortunate to count such a team-player among our Mischief Members. Congratulations on this accomplishment, Jeff!