Jim Jessup aka Rainbow Dash
Jim’s wife had a head start but he is definitely catching up. She was the first one in the family to discover Crossfit when she started training a few years ago at Crossfit BC so when Crossfit North Vancouver relocated near Jim’s office it was a perfect fit.
Tired of just lifting weights in the gym alone he was eager for a change and found it at CFNV. Looking to get more flexible, improve his cardio and learn the Olympic lifts, Jim found all that and more. Since he began he has seen his stress level go down, while his cardio fitness has gone up. “I am less sore now than I used to get even though I work out more. I no longer injure my back every time I do heavy deadlifts, (I only see my Chiropractor now when we go out for beers!). I’ve learned to do movements that I never would have considered, like muscle ups.” With an athlete’s enthusiasm Jim has clear goals for himself that may see him competing in the future in Crossfit and/or Olympic Weightlifting. “I’d like increase my 1 rep maxes, improve my times in benchmark workouts and next year improve my ranking in the Crossfit Open.”
Steady Eddie. Shows up every day at Noon with his work boots on. Jim also puts in extra time honing skills in PT sessions. Super cool guy with an even better nickname – one his daughters can be proud of.
Just the Facts
Name: Jim Jessup
Nickname: Rainbow Dash (AKA My Little Pony!)
Family status: Married with two children (7 & 4)
Profession: Owner / IT Professional Affinity Managed IT Corp.
Do any other members of your family do Crossfit? Wife
How long have you been doing Crossfit? I started in April 2015
How often do you train? 5-6 times a week
When do you normally train? Noon class, I’m a definite Nooner
Favourite type of workout: Power Lifting / Olympic Lifting
Least favourite type of workout: Anything involving Thrusters … Wall Balls and I are now good friends though
Have you been in any Crossfit competitions? Not yet
Would you like to? Yes
What has been your best Crossfit moment? Every time I come close to the scores from the 6am class
Is there anything you’d like to see added to the Crossfit program? A bridge between the crossfit and sports program for members who may not be able to attend Oly and Gymnast classes. Custom programming to address weak points or increase strength, which can be done outside of classes.
What inspires you the most? Everyone who lays it on the line everyday at CFNV
Who do you look for inspiration from? Sally, Terry and all my friends who push me daily
What sports have you played in the past? Football, Track & Field and Basketball
What is your favourite activity outside of Crossfit? Spending time with family, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding
Is there something that people will be surprised to discover about you? My wife and I recently adopted our second Daughter from Haiti this June (Ok anyone not in the noon class may not know)