James has been a consistent part of the evening crew at UB for the past 3 years. For those of us who have been doing this CrossFit thing for awhile, it can be easy to shift into auto-pilot during the workout, and mentally check out. Recently, I've noticed James moving with increased intention and awareness. He comes in with a great attitude, working with whatever his body will allow on that day, and applies the coaching he receives.
James, thanks for bringing us your best, hard-working, creative, coachable, humble, friendly self!
Name: James Muehlner
Nickname / Alter Ego: In college I was Moose or The Unicycle Guy, but I guess "that big quiet guy" would suit me well now
Hometown: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Occupation: Software Engineer, though I get to make spacecrafts so that's cool.
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I first started at Telegraph Crossfit in late 2012, though I've had to take a bunch of time off for recovery various surgeries. Hopefully no more of that for a little while!
Favorite Movements: Clean and Jerk, rowing, overhead squats, deadlifts.
Least favorite Movements: Anything I have to sub for injury, which is a lot, sadly.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Friends in college and in the competitive shooting community. I'd never really done any sort of fitness thing before this aside from competitive sports, but after a string of injuries I had to stop most of those. At some point I decided to start taking care of myself, and this seemed like a good way to do that.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I had to throw away a bunch of underwear because my legs didn't fit anymore. Seriously though, people I haven't seen in a while have told me that I look really good, which is new for me. I didn't really have any expectations coming into Crossfit, and I'm pleasantly surprised about the amount of progress I've made in terms of both athletic ability and appearance. I'm not very outgoing, and haven't really gotten into the community as much as I should, but everyone has made me feel very welcome, despite my limitations. I always look forward to working out, which is not something i'm used to.
What’s your secret talent? I can bend my pinkies all the way back.
What is your favorite cheat meal? I'm not really on any specific diet so it's not exactly a cheat, but a big bowl of cereal is surprisingly satisfying sometimes.
What is your favorite shower song? At the moment I'm too cheap to pay for Spotify and too lazy to keep a music collection up to date so I'm mostly listening to music channels on Youtube like Stoned Meadow of Doom.
Pick a superpower: Wolverine-like healing so I could do stupid things and not worry about damaging myself, or perfect memory so I could remember people's names...