It’s Member Monday and we’re putting the spotlight on Adam Thomas. Fresh off CrossFit Jacked’s transformation challenge, Adam recently lost 13 pounds and 2.7% body fat in 6 weeks.
Tell us about yourself. Work? Family life?
I am 36 years old and I was born and raised in Mobile, AL. I graduated from Baker High School in 1999 and the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004.
After graduating college, I joined the Mobile Police Department and soon thereafter I got married to my wife, Rachel Thomas. We had our first child in 2008, which was the same year I transitioned to the Alabama State Troopers. We had our second child in 2011 to round out our complete family.
What made you try CrossFit for the first time?
I wanted an exercise program that was physically challenging. Something that made me want to quit every time I did it but made me want more.
I wanted something to hold me accountable for the work I put in and results to be seen in the mirror. I had heard of CrossFit years ago but I never thought I would do it. I was initially intimidated by the idea, but CrossFit Jacked quickly changed that.
What was your first impression of CrossFit Jacked?
Man, was I wrong! I thought that I was in decent shape and out of the “soreness” phase of where I was at physically and I even told the owner, Joe, that I probably won’t get sore.
Looking back, I bet he laughed a little on the inside knowing how sore I was going to be. After completing my first WOD, I was absolutely exhausted but I knew I had found something that was going to challenge me every time.
What physical changes have you seen thus far?
I have without a doubt noticed a huge difference in my body. I have gained more strength/muscle in the ten months I have been doing CrossFit in comparison to the previous exercise and weightlifting programs I’ve done in years past.
I’ve reduced my weight, body fat%, lowered my blood pressure and my resting heart rate is under fifty-five bpm. Other than being sore now and then, I can say I’m in the best shape of my life.
I recently told a guy that I chased on foot through the woods that he needed to try CrossFit because he was clearly out of shape considering I wasn’t even breathing hard.
Besides coming to class, what do you enjoy doing during your free time? Any hobbies?
Besides going to class, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two wonderful kids that take up a lot of my time but it’s all worth it.
I have a supportive wife that is also into CrossFit so she definitely understands what it’s all about. I enjoy hunting, fishing and really anything that is outdoors.
When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit March 22, 2017.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
My favorite thing about CrossFit is when the WOD is over! Seriously, my favorite part of CrossFit is the people.
Everyone is supportive of one another and the comradery makes it a family atmosphere. I know that I’m not being judged because the person next to me is in just as much pain as I am and at the end of the day, you want that person to be successful in whatever their goal is.
Favorite music/song to CrossFit too?
As long as it’s not twangy country music I’m ok with it. I usually tune the music out after the first minute anyway.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you.
The main reason I strive for physical excellence is that my mom died of cancer and I truly believe it is because she was unhealthy. She did not eat right and did not exercise.
The year my mom passed away, I was 19 and 290 pounds. I believe her death changed my life in the sense that I did not want to live an unhealthy life.
What advice would you offer a new member at CrossFit Jacked?.
What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?
The wallpaper on my phone is a picture of a WWII soldier holding an American flag outside of a bomb-riddled building in Europe.
I love America!