Athlete of the Month - Jay Mensack

How long have you been a standing member at DelVal? How has CrossFit impacted your life?

I’ve been a member of CrossFit DelVal since April of 2013, so nearly 6 years. I remember the first workout smoked me and I was hooked. I did the 500 meter row then an AMRAP of KB’s and burpees. It was beautifully awful.

How does the ‘functional’ part of CrossFit play into your daily life and/or profession?

I think about the functionality of movements all the time. I think, “how is this movement going to make me better as a firefighter/EMT or even a PT assistant?” I move people a lot during my jobs and having a strong core, being able to lift with purpose and properly saves me almost daily.


You’ve been working with Jacki to fine-tune your Nutrition. How have these changes impacted your performance, mood, energy levels, etc?

I catch some grief from people sometimes because I complain about how hard it is to gain even just 2 or 3 pounds because of clean eating and eating the proper things at the proper times. Thankfully, we have her to guide us toward our goals. Thanks to her guidance I’m finally up 2 pounds. That said, eating right helps in so many ways. I have more energy. I can endure more and push through the tough WOD’s.


What are somethings about you that some other DelVal members might not know?

I’m a sort of shy, quiet guy until I get to know people. I’m also a humble guy who is sometimes intimidated by the quality and caliber of the athletes at CrossFit DelVal. There are parts of my life where I exude confidence, but I still feel like a beginner here some days.

My family means the world to me. I have three kids, two granddaughters and my first grandson is due in March. My ex-wife and I adopted two of our kids through the Delaware County Children and Youth. They were both in foster care and just needed someone to love them and care for them.


You're a frequent 4pm class attendee. What motivates you to keep coming into the gym daily, even on days that seem like motivation is low? What are some tips you would give to others who struggle to get to the gym as frequently as you?

My motivation is being able to keep up with the younger guys at the firehouse and being able to continue to do the things I like to do. As far as tips, you have to keep your goals in mind. Why are you here? How does it impact you daily? Another part that keeps me coming is the community that has been created here. It’s just a great group of people.


What have been some of your favorite DelVal memories?

This is tough! One of the funniest times was a 4pm, small class,  where Coach Jacki wanted us to partner up and when I turned around Susan Joseph was standing there and I said, “Come on d***** bag!” I thought Jackie was going to pee.

Another more personal battle, was during the 17.5 workout that was 10 rounds of 9 Thrusters and 35 Double Unders. This was in the days where Double Unders really eluded me. I was in the corner by the office where I was battling and refusing to quit. I knew I had it in me and kept going in order to complete this workout. Bud was counting and kept me focused. I finished at just under 29 minutes. This was (by far) the slowest time in the gym. But I finished!


Pick the winner of these four fights: Justin Marriott or a crocodile? Kyle Yerger or a pair of crocs? Matt Biller or an elephant? Jacki Ford or an ostrich?

Marriott is still a kid, crocodile’s got game and will crush him!!

Kyle’s Crocs smell like they’re dead already!

Biller will scare the **** out of an elephant demonstrating the clean and jerk in the way that only he can!

Ford is just a bad *ss! She’ll kick all their ***es!


We’ve heard Bill Greco was talkin’ sh*t about you. What's your rebuttal?

I was going to me mean but, he’s getting old and senile and don’t want to hurt his feelings. Truthfully, now that he’s healthy again he’s just getting so much stronger. He’s always fun to work with, to push, to feed off of. Bill and Liz are both great people, and I’m better  for having met them.

Amateur Hour Competition - Sunday, February 24th

The CFDV Amateur Hour IV Throwdown is a serious competition for not-so-serious competitors. Designed specifically for casual competitors and beginners, this event features RX and Scaled divisions and cash prizes for winners

The entry fee is $40 per individual (no shirt) or $60 (choice of tee or tank).

Amateur Hour will be split into two divisions – RX and Novice. The RX division is appropriate for athletes with over one year of CrossFit experience who are used to completing 50% of their local gym's workouts ‘as RX’d’. The Novice division is appropriate for newer athletes that are used to scaling their workouts.

While we acknowledge that the split between RX and Novice is not always clear, we have provided the following guidelines to help athletes calibrate themselves:

RX Competitors:

– Should perform approximately 50% of the CrossFit.com Benchmark workouts as RX’d (Girls, Filthy Fifty, etc). This does NOT include Hero WODs.
– Possible movements and standards include: 95/65lb Thrusters for reps, 225/155lb Deadlifts for reps, 24/20″ box jumps, 20lb/14lb WallBalls to 10'/9′ target, 53#/35# kettlebell swings, kipping pullups, toes-to-bar, handstand pushups to one AbMat, and double-unders. Muscle-Ups will NOT appear in this competition!

Novice Competitors:

– Usually scale most of the CrossFit.com Benchmark workouts RX’d (Girls, Filthy Fifty, etc. NOT Hero WODs).
– Should be able to handle weights that are within 70-80% of the RX standards.
– Possible movements and standards include: 75/55lb Thrusters for reps, 185/115lb Deadlifts for reps, 24/20″ box jumps or step ups, 14lb/10lb WallBalls to 9′ target, 35/26# kb swings, kipping pullups or jumping pullups, abmat situps, handstand holds and double-unders (in lower volume).

PRIZES FOR TOP ATHLETES IN EACH DIVISION!

Athlete of the Month - Michele Yerger

Kyle, Mark and Michele Yerger

Congratulations on your one year CrossFit Anniversary! Tell us your joining story.

Honestly, if it weren’t for my son Kyle, and to a degree my husband Mark, I would have never joined CrossFit. Unbeknownst to me, Kyle registered me and even paid for my membership. He and my husband pushed hard to get me to give it a try. I was very resistant, and afraid, because of the arthritis I have in my lower back and neck. I just thought I couldn’t “do it.” I was fearful of getting hurt. Truly, I was very angry with Kyle and Mark for pushing me to go! I had never paid any attention to weights or weight lifting over my lifetime. I was fairly good with cardio (or so I thought before starting CrossFit), having done some running, hiking and biking over the years but I never really put the time into training with weights. However, ultimately, I joined and stayed because I wanted to improve my overall health and my physical strength. Also, I’m competitive by nature and I like the idea of challenging myself.  

As a cancer survivor, how has your perception of a healthy lifestyle changed?

As a cancer survivor my perception of everything has changed but particularly regarding my health (and its fragility). I need to control the factors that I can regarding my weight, exercise, nutrition, hydration, and good sleep for my best health and then let go of the rest. For me, a healthy lifestyle is all about balance and caring for the body, mind, and spirit… as all three are equally important for overall well being.


What has been your proudest CrossFit moment so far in the gym?

Wow! There really are so many. I feel so proud and empowered after every class I complete, really! However, nailing the 20” box jump was pretty awesome!


What have been some of your favorite moments in the gym?

My favorite moments in the gym, by far, are always when the community comes together to cheer on another athlete who is struggling to complete their workout. The verbal support, applause, and genuine encouragement is just incredible to witness and to be a part of! Sending, and receiving, that communal love and support is special and has helped motivate me to complete an especially difficult WOD.


What would you say to other moms your age who are nervous about joining CrossFit? What are some tips that have helped you along the way?

I would say to other women, and Moms, of my age that you can do it! You really can do “it” because “it” is how you (with the assistance of the coaches) define the workout. “It”  is a workout scaled for you. It’s YOUR workout. You get to start at, and do, a workout that meets you where you are at your level. Also, the coaches are really wonderful and are committed to your success. Good coaches and great people! Biggest tip, GIVE IT TIME! I would say at least 3 months of 3-4 visits a week. CrossFit is hard. It’s a workout! You’ll be sore. You won’t want to go! Do it anyway! Hang in for that time and those visits and you’ll see the improvements. It will propel you forward. You will feel stronger, empowered, and healthier. Guaranteed!


You have many furry friends running around your house at times, please tell us about that!

Over many years, I was involved in rescue work. I worked with a rescue organization and I fostered 17 dogs, helping them find their forever homes. I worked with many breeds, all ages, and a lot of them sick with worms, mange, malnutrition, and dehydration. From there, neighbors, friends, and family have requested pet care support from me. Being fortunate to have worked remotely from home during most of my professional career, I have had the time and flexibility to provide that support for my own dog and the many other animals entrusted to my care.  


Tell us something we don’t know about you!

I jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet and I loved it!


You’re always coming into the gym smiling and always being positive, how do you maintain such a positive outlook on life?

I feel so grateful just to be here everyday. Life is so amazing and beautiful. Every event, big or small, I am lucky to be here to appreciate it, live it, and be a part of it...to be present. That gratitude is such a gift! Gratitude is the key!


Our InBody 270 Body Composition Analyzer

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TRACK YOUR PROGRESS WITH THE INBODY TEST

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PRICING FOR INBODY 270 SCANS

Single Scans - $40/members, $50/non-members. Includes 20-min session with Jacki to discuss results
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HOW TO BOOK AN INBODY 270 SCAN

Scans may be booked via the schedule link below, or directly via Coach Jacki.