Jacek (pronounce: Ya-tcek) Macias
Kraków, Poland. Previously lived in Chicago and now in Roselle.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
I've always tried to be active: running, bicycling, backpacking.
What were your thoughts after your very first WOD?
I'm way out of my comfort zone here - I've never lifted any weights before, never had a jumping rope in my hands. This is overwhelming. How can I tackle this "impossible" work. Should I even bother? My first WOD was at 5:30 PM and the next morning I was back at 6:00 AM for more.
What is something no one knows about you?
I'm a hardcore Grand Canyon backpacker. I walked the entire length of Grand Canyon on the north side of the Colorado River (estimated to be 600 miles) and I climbed many summits in Grand Canyon.
What are your training/fitness goals?
Get better with every movement - little by little. Stay fit for as long as I can. I want to stick with CrossFit for a long haul. People in their 80’s and 90’s, who run 5K races, are always an inspiration for me.
What is your favorite CrossFit WOD/movement?
Running is my thing, but many things are growing on me, even burpees. I like endurance WODs in particular - some of them are brutal and kick my ass badly and that's what I like.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Double Unders are my nemesis - can't do them yet. Pull-ups and TTB's are a constant struggle.
What is your favorite cheat food?
One of the side effects of CrossFit: I have an appetite of a hog and eat like one. There are too many favorites but if I have to list a few: "Cracked pepper and salt" potato chips, Culver's frozen custard and frozen yogurt - they have these two joints down in Champaign-Urbana (Cocomero and Orange Leaf) and every time I'm visiting my son, I grab the largest bucket and have a dozen different flavors...
What's your favorite thing about CrossFit?
Well, I never know what's going to hit me next, in other words: variety. Coaches - very helpful, I've learned a lot from them. Big thanks! Last but not least my fellow athletes: friendly, committed, helpful, they inspire me to work harder. Morning WODs really jump start my day. I'm more focused, alert and I never feel sluggish.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Show up, work hard. Focus on technique, listen to coaches. Don't fool yourself with excuses. Get adequate rest. If you encounter people who roll their eyes when you mention CrossFit, don't let their negative energy influence you. This is not for everybody, so don't let anybody bring you down. Just in general, don't let yourself down. If there is a will, there is a way.