Jim has been one of my most regular Monday night athletes and I have been impressed and inspired by his commitment to stay in the game with an injury along with a fantastic attitude. I really appreciate the way he shows up at least ten minutes early to class to brainstorm and talk through ways to substitute/scale movements to get a good sweat on. During my live interview with Jim, I felt a greater sense of connection after hearing about what CrossFit did for his relationship with his sister as it did the same for me. To breaking new boundaries and continuing to boldly go my friend. Today we honor the easy-going, positive and committed man you are Jim.
Name: Jim Sheppard
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Account Manager at Braintree, a PayPal company
When did you first start CrossFitting? Somewhere in 2013.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I saw Jen Widerstrom (from Biggest Loser) on Instagram constantly posting from CrossFit Gyms and since we are going to get married some day, I thought I should start training.
Favorite WOD: “Fran”, I’m a maniac I know. It’s so quick and just you against yourself. Get it done quickly and end it soon.
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with running or V-Ups, both are equally terrible!
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I became really good friends with my sister. We hadn’t gotten along ever. She was always an athlete, I was always lazy. I convinced her to come to my gym and then we became really good friends.
What are you most excited about having turn out later this year? Right before I hurt myself, I was starting to see my potential as an athlete. I was close to my ideal weight, improving every day and then got set back with an injury. I’m looking forward to getting back to where I was and then breaking new boundaries.
What are you most grateful for in your life recently? Being able to move and live in California, meeting new people, eating new food and experiencing a new life after 30 years in the Windy City. It has been scarier and more exciting than I expected. So lucky to have the opportunity to live here.
What’s your definition of greatness? Being happy with myself. I’m really good at looking at efficiencies and striving to make more improvements. My greatness would be calming down and learning to be happy with what I have and who I am.
What question do you wish you were asked more often and what is the answer? “Would you like fries with that?” The answer is always… “Yes!”.