Kipping It Real With AJ

Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. March’s Athlete of the Month is AJ Devlin. AJ was chosen because in a short time at OPCF, he has made an impact on all the members around him with his energy and supportive nature. OPCF appreciates his “never give up attitude” and it is inspiring to other members! Learn more below about AJ!

  1. What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I’m going to hurt in the morning, but I’ll definitely be back. Second thought: I’m going to have to admit to my sister she was right.

  1. What has been your favorite workout?
  Despite that it took a mathematician to decipher I really enjoyed the 17.3 open workout!
  1. What is your favorite cheat meal?

All the cheese!!! — Also, the bagels in new york. You won’t ever have a better bagel than in NYC!

  1. Where do you work?     

I’m a Project Engineer at JE Dunn Construction.

  1. What do you like to do outside of work?

You can usually find me catching up with friends or working on my jeep.

  1. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?

No matter how experienced you are leave your ego at the door, if you don’t it’s a great way to get hurt. The best part about OPCF, and crossfit in general, is the acceptance of everyone’s skill level and ability to scale EVERYTHING (literally). Also, your future self will really appreciate your commitment to mobility work and scaling weight for proper form.

  1. What is your favorite lift?

Anything involving snatch and clean. However, lately I’ve also come to really enjoy wall balls, call me crazy.

  1. What’s your biggest “GOAT”?

Honestly, just about anything involving the gymnastics type movements. I can’t wait to nail that first muscle up!

  1. What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?  

One of the biggest changes for me is that I spend a lot more of my time focusing on my form and all around athleticism, rather than just trying to lift as much as I can with bad form. Also, because my goals have kept evolving since joining OPCF it’s started to become second nature to make healthier decisions outside the gym.

  1. What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?

I got my first strict pullup since high school! After that I went on to get the full 16 in the 17.2 open workout, which is awesome because I remember telling my judge that I wasn’t going to make it past 5!

  1. What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?

Hike the entire Grand Canyon and go offroading in Moab, Utah.