Jason Tabick knows firsthand that a LOT can change in just three years. Since joining CrossFit 718 in September 2015, he’s set new PRs, opened a family business, and married a fellow CrossFitter (yes, they met at the box!). Yet, no matter how busy day-to-day life gets, he’s 100% committed to maintaining his relationship to movement and exercise.
How does January’s athlete of the month manage to balance his priorities and approach every workout with integrity? Read our Q&A with Jason to find out!
How did you discover CrossFit?
Always looking for a better way to do things, I discovered CrossFit through my research as a personal trainer. I watched every single educational instructional video on the CrossFit main site then got certified in 2009 at TJ’s gym in Novato, CA. A year after being a CrossFit trainer, I began working on opening my own box, CrossFit Glendale. Then I decided to go back to my true passion and become a doctor of Specific Chiropractic.
What kinds of changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit?
Personally, the longest lasting change is mental. I am a weightlifter now, but I learned about mental fortitude doing CrossFit. It helps me in all areas of life, even beyond exercise.
How do you make time for working out?
I make time for working out by letting everyone in my life know that it is a priority to me that will not be sacrificed. Those around me may not always understand and sometimes they get upset, but that’s life. Honestly, they get over it and we’re all happy. It’s important to let your loved ones around you know, “I will always work out and not miss.” If you are committed, you must let others around you know.
What’s your favorite lift?
My favorite lift is the snatch. The snatch is inarguably the most technical lift of all and it’s almost impossible to master. Sometimes I do well and make great lifts, sometimes the bar crushes me! Either way, these experiences teach me something every time.
What recent achievement are you most proud of?
Back in October, I hit a comeback PR in the snatch of 98 kilos. My lifetime PR is 106 kilos. A PR is a PR! If you haven’t hit it recently, it may not be a PR anymore, so my 98 made me happy like it was my birthday!
What goal are you currently working on?
My goal is nothing more than maintaining integrity in following through on not missing workouts. That’s always my goal. As life changes and I take on more responsibility, it gets more challenging to balance for me. I am now running the family business, New York Specific Chiropractic, with my beautiful wife Sandra. As I get busier, I remain committed to exercise and movement!
What do you do when you’re not at the box?
When I’m not at the box I am a Specific chiropractor. I just opened my solo practice in Park Slope, New York Specific Chiropractic. When I’m not lifting and seeing patients, I am with my beautiful wife Sandra (by the way, we met at the box in September of 2015!). I am beyond grateful for Coach Tammy and Coach Israel! They have a great community, and my life has truly changed for the better because of them! I love you guys!