November Athlete of the Month, Justin Angus


1.   The DC Metro is very transient; from where did you move?  What brought you to  area?  What do you do as a career? (P.S. Why are you leaving?)

I’m originally from a small-unincorporated area of West Virginia called Sandyville. However, before moving to DC about three years ago, I spent five years living in San Diego, CA pursuing a graduate degree. I moved to DC to work on a post-doc at the Naval Research Laboratory located in southwest DC, where I am currently employed as a plasma physicist.

2. How did you get started in CrossFit? Did you have prior athletic experience? And how long have you been at CFSA? What’s your favorite or least favorite workout?

I worked with weights throughout college like any normal college kid, but I had never been a member of a gym until joining CFSA. I traded the weights for running after moving to DC and did that for about two years until one day I was walking down an alley near Long Bridge Park and I saw CFSA. I had always liked the concept of combining weight training with cardio and since it was so close to where I live I decided to give it a go. I have been at CFSA for about 15 months now and I really love the workout variety and the group concept.

It’s hard to say what my favorite workout is, but I do enjoy doing workouts where we work in teams. As for my least favorite, I would have to say that wall balls are not fun. Why is that green line so high?

3. What’s your greatest improvement/achievement since joining us at CFSA?

One of the things I love about CrossFit is that there is always something to improve on. There are a lot of workouts where I feel that I am very mobility limited. Especially when it comes to my shoulders and upper back. I remember barely being able to front squat 75 pounds when I first started because I just couldn’t get into the position. I still have a hard time keeping the elbows high when I’m at the bottom of the FS, but I feel that I’ve improved a lot on that particular workout. I recently did a set of eight with 165 during a metcon.

4. Now that you’ve been crushing it in the gym, what advice would you offer our CFSA newbies?  What motivates and pushes you to continually improve?

I would tell newbies to stick with it and to challenge themselves to do different things and to be better. There are a lot of things about CrossFit workouts that are different than what most people have done before. Be open to new ideas and doing things differently.

5. Tell us something about you no one at the gym knows.  It can be anything: worst job you’ve ever had, the cheat food you constantly crave, the workout you fear most…anything you’d like to share.

I have had several bad jobs, ranging from unloading watermelon trucks to telemarketing, and the numbers of cheat foods I have are too many to list. There is one thing about me that people probably don’t know and that I’m happy to share. My wife and I are expecting our first child soon. By the end of October I will be the proud father of a baby girl!

**Editor’s Note: CFSA congratulations Justin and his wife on the arrival of their daughter, Ava!**