Name: Jordan “23” Slocum
Hometown: Las Vega$
Occupation: Project Director, Ample Hills Creamery; part-time food tour guide in Nolita
CrossFitting since: July 2015
Favorite WOD or movement: Deadlifts or handstand push-ups all the way!
Least favorite WOD or movement: Burpees
What music do you prefer to work out to?
Rhianna (or Cardi B when Reggie coaches). I’m also a huge fan of James’ 6 a.m. Frank Sinatra playlist.
What’s your CrossFit routine?
I used to be a 6 a.m. only kind of guy. Then, somehow, the box moved right around the block from my apartment, and I can’t seem to wake up anymore. I like switching now between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Is CrossFit your go-to workout or do you combine with other activities?
I stick mostly to CF. When time allows I try to attend Tiff’s incredible spin class at BYKlyn. I also love biking all around Brooklyn.
What is your fitness background? What were you doing before CrossFit?
I used to do gymnastics when I was young. A hip operation prevented me from focusing on sports for most of my teenage life, so I like to be as active as possible now that I’m in my 30s.
How would you describe CrossFit Prospect Heights — what has your experience here been like?
Ah man…tough question. Listen, CFPH really has made my life so much better. Everyone has a different reason they choose to come and torture themselves with these killer WODs, but for me it’s all about the community and the support from the team. We all come from different paths and have different shapes, but we all commit together. I’m hooked on the energy at CFPH!
How would you compare CrossFit/CFPH to gyms you’ve been to in the past?
CFPH has been the only gym (aside from that terrible Park Slope Crunch) that I’ve been a member of. It’s the only CrossFit I kinda want to know about too. I almost had to move last year and the mileage to CFPH was crucial.
How did you get into CrossFit? What did you think of CrossFit before? And now?
Funny story, I joined CFPH (and CrossFit) the day I found out I was going through a divorce. I knew in that dark unexpected moment, I had two options: a. to cry in my misery or b. conquer and turn the negative into something really effin’ positive. I stormed out of my apartment (no joke), took a long walk, and walked by our old box. The garage door was open, and I saw a community that I wanted to be a part of; a team supporting each other. I wanted and needed that. I had a conversation with James in that moment letting him know I was going through something dark and he told me to come tomorrow for Elements. I haven’t looked back since and continue to be grateful I committed to CFPH that terrible day.
What advice do you have for people just getting started?
“Do you!” I sometimes kick myself for not being able to lift as heavy as most of the guys, or run as fast as everyone, but then I realize I’m doing it for myself. No one is judging you except yourself.
Coach M came up with the nickname 23 for me. It wasn’t until my 3rd or 4th week that I had any idea why he called me “23”. Obviously, I look just like Michael Jordan.