We, the Solace coaching staff, are very excited to award our May 2016 Member of the Month to Simon Jowett. Simon has been a part of Solace since he returned to NYC in November of 2014. Since then Simon has taken advantage of all Solace has to offer from crushing AM WOD’s in CrossFit, to the Solace Strong Cycle, and most recently the Muscle-Up Gymnastics Cycle! He has also represented Solace in CrossFit competitions. Simon has been a great addition to Solace with his infectious smile, British humor and constant drive to be better. We love having Simon as a part of our community! Without further ado we present May’s Member of the Month: Simon Jowett!
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Name: Simon Jowett
Hometown: Clitheroe, England
Occupation: Business Development, First Derivatives
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
British ex-pat that has lived in NYC since 2010. I sell Regulatory and Technology consulting services to the Finance/IB sector. I left NYC in May 2014 but was back within a matter of months. I’ve been a member of Solace since my return to NYC in November 2014.
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before CrossFit?
I was very sporty in school (11-16) playing football (the real one – that you play with your feet), rugby, cricket, tennis and lots of running. Then I didn’t do any exercise throughout my undergrad and got back into it during my post grad. I came across CrossFit in 2007 and have been on/off with it (more off than on until the past 18 months) ever since. Prior to joining Solace, I was doing mainsite in a globo gym (lots of strange looks for handstand push ups and using chalk).
What were your thoughts after your first CF workout?
I did Chelsea at CF Stockport (I think it was one of only four CF’s open in England at the time) in 2007. I managed seven rounds on the minute and died a slow death for the remaining 23 minutes. I think I only managed another seven rounds. Everything hurt.
How did you get into CrossFit?
I was training in preparation to go into the Royal Air Force (clearly that didn’t go as planned) and working in a globo gym at the time. One of the trainers, Simon Whyatt, started looking into CF and we’d play around with movements in the gym. Simon then left to set up Primal Fitness (started off with a van, tires, kegs, ropes, kettlebells and dumbbells) and we’d drive around to parks in the area, do workouts and get people to join in.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
I’m not sure I ever had any set goals, but I always liked the mantra “Out Lift a Runner, Out Run a Lifter”. I like the idea of being physically prepared to do anything
Murph. Hands down. No arguments. Because even when you think you’re nearly done, that last mile is when you really feel it. Linda is a close second as it’s % of bodyweight.
Least Favorite WOD?
Probably Isabelle. I’m not even close to snatching 95% of my bodyweight for 30 reps in a respectable time.
Squats, in any variation (apart from overhead). Just a great, all-round movement.
Least Favorite Lift?
Squat snatch, because for whatever reason, I still have issues getting under the bar.
What music do you prefer to WOD out to?
Anything but F@!king Country (Take note Coach Greg and Coach Nick)
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
I get invited to more parties…
Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time here?
Psuedo coaching a 5am class because someone over-slept! I’m also pretty sure I helped name the “Juno” workout as there was a group of about six of us that did it when Jim kindly opened Solace during a snow day, so we wrote Juno over the workout on the board and the workout was born.
What advice do you have for people just getting started?
Leave the ego at the door and don’t give up. There is absolutely no shame in scaling if you need to. No one cares if you perform a workout with a PVC pipe or 225# on the bar, do the best you can at the level you’re capable of. Just make sure you always give 100% of what you’re capable of and don’t shirk on a workout just because it’s hard.
Besides Solace what was the coolest CrossFit gym you’ve visited?
I have a fantastic box in my home town, CrossFit Clitheroe. It’s in a converted mill and it’s the polar opposite of Solace in terms of layout but the members, coaches and owners are all equally amazing and there’s such a sense of community, so in that respect, it’s very much like Solace.
What was the most awkward/embarrassing thing you’ve ever done during a WOD?
Fracturing my rib on the second bar muscle up in 16.3 was pretty embarrassing. That’s what I get for chicken-winging them!
When you wake up what is the first thought that goes through your head?
Where the hell did I leave my pre-workout?!
Do you look up to any particular athlete?
Sam Briggs has carried the British flag for us for many years and she’s a beast. Other than that, ex-Solace member Todd Fisher!
Rapid Fire Questions
If you had a theme song what would it be?
Burning Heart by Survivor from Rocky IV
Favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
What is your spirit animal?
Haha, a Honey Badger. Definitely a Honey Badger
Who’s your role model?
Calories don’t count. Describe your most epic cheat meal.
My mum and dad’s chicken liver pate on toast
Beef Wellington (probably a Yorkshire pudding or two on the side)
Rounded off with Cheese and Biscuits
Drink of choice?
Take your pick, Wine, G&T or Cider. More recently Bourbon.
What was the last picture you took on your phone?
The results of the x-ray on my wrist
If you could only work out in one solid color for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Most likely black, it’s slimming. But let’s be honest, I rarely wear t-shirts so it’s only really the shorts.
Doughnuts or Cookies
Doughnuts (Damn you, now I want a doughnut)
Summer or Winter