Justin Cole Grissom
Which class do you usually attend?
Open gym, mid day with Trey
How long have you been CrossFitting?
Six years total. Most committed for the last year.
What keeps you coming back?
Getting healthier every week and the accountability we give each other at BCCF.
How did you find CrossFit?
In 2011, my friend Trey Curtis asked if I had ever heard of CrossFit, the rest is history.
How did you end up at BCCF?
Trey and I worked out in an RV/boat barn that is now BCCF in the Summer before he opened the gym in 2011.
What is your athletic background?
A deep-seated aversion to exercise and athletics. Marching band was my “activity”.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle and level of fitness?
I have lost 75 pounds during my time in Crossfit. More than that, I have learned a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Nutrition is equally if not more important than doing the workouts. I am gaining new skills the longer I do this. We were created for relationships, and BCCF brings people together to be challenged and share in these victories.
What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?
Hand Stand Push-ups
What motivates/inspires you?
Competition motivates me. Cole Sager inspires me.
What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?
Competing with Trey at the Southbound Showdown.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit?
Improve competitively at team competitions.
What goals have you achieved in CrossFit?
My muscles have been underdeveloped from inactivity in my youth and I am gradually coming out of that.
Hobbies/interests outside of CrossFit?
High end audio, good coffee, Jesus, in reverse order.
Tell me about your diet?
No sugar in any form. No bread. Eat many vegetables. Do well 90% of the time. Sometimes I have hamburgers. Have cake on your birthday only.
Any advice for new members?
Consistently show up and do the work. The tortoise beats the hare in the end. Be dedicated and do not create excuses to miss workouts. Facebook is proof that there is time to fit in a wod.
Cole is personally one of my very best friends. He is the first guy I did CrossFit with and to this day we still get to workout daily together. Being his friend and coach is a joy in my life. Getting to compete and share every victory together has been one of the greatest blessings in my CrossFit adventure.
Cole brings a calm down to earth personality to the gym. He has a content approach to everything that makes him easy to work with and coach. He doesn’t get bent out of shape if he can’t do something, he simply owns it and starts working on how to fix it. He truly is the example of dedication and persistence over a long period of time paying off. CrossFit is not a sprint but a lifestyle. It’s a lot of hard work day in and day out and sometimes the changes our bodies make are not always evident. It takes discipline to show up when you’re tired or super busy. Cole is the kind of guy that has made CrossFit a lifestyle. He doesn’t ask himself, “do I feel like working out today”? Rather he chooses to carve out time every day to make it happen and because of this he has made huge progress.
Above all of this his greatest quality is his relationship with Jesus. His hearts desire is to continue growing into the man God is calling him to be. He demonstrates what a Christian man should look like in his marriage, work, and recreation.
We are blessed to have Cole and his wife Laura here at BCCF, we are all better off for having them in our lives.