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June Purgee of the Month!

It's that time again! 

Each month we like to highlight an athlete, selected by our coaches, who exemplifies what it means to be a Purgee - coachable, hardworking, positive, and making gainz. This month we're proud to feature Jacob Rodriguez our Purgee of the Month! It took a long time for Jacob's husband Stephan to convince him to give it a try, but it's been nothing but PRs and gains ever since! Every day Jacob continues to improve in both strength and endurance, pushing himself to be a better athlete overall. Awesome job Jacob, we're so proud to have you as a Purgee!


Jacob Rodriguez

Where are you from? What brought you to Tucson?

I'm an Army Brat but consider myself from Yuma, AZ where my dad was last stationed and where I went to middle school and high school. I came to Tucson after finishing the Peace Corps to start a job with the State Department. I've lived here close to six years now. 

How long have you been a CrossFitter, and why did you start?

I've dabbled in CrossFit in the past but have really been going strong and consistently for the past 7 months. I started doing CrossFit because I became tired of constantly making excuses for myself. 

Which movement is your favorite?

I kinda have a love/hate relationship with the clean. It's tough to do but when I successfully clean a bar with weight I feel like I have accomplished something and that I'm progressively getting better. 

How have you improved the most?

I definitively noticed improvements in my bar work. But I'm also starting to feel physically stronger and less tired all the time. 

If you were stuck on a desert island, and could only have one food forever, what would it be?

It would be orange chicken from Panda Express. I could eat a big container of it and just take a nap afterwards. 

What do you love about being at CrossFit Purgatory?

I love the community that CrossFit Purgatory has created. All the coaches are super helpful and supportive. And my fellow Purgees do an amazing job of providing encouragement and helping one another in a WOD. I really feel like part of a community.

What keeps you motivated?

My main source of motivation is definitely my husband, Stephan. He constantly encourages me to go to the gym, helps to explain the movements and critique my form. And he keeps me on my feet and is always willing to drop into an afternoon class with me. 

If I'm not at the box, you can probably find me...

It's usually work but If I'm not there either you can probably find me at the comic book store looking for another fascinating story to fall into. 

One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit:

I am a huge Star Wars nerd. I go beyond the movies and read all the books and comics, watch all the TV shows and just generally always nerding out over the next thing to happen in the Star Wars universe. 

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