CrossFitter of the Month: Jason Thornhill

Jason Thornhill - CrossFit Fringe - Columbia MO

Jason Thornhill - CrossFit Fringe - Columbia MO

Jason is one of our longest standing members in the community. Coming in with a runners background, he quickly took to the high-intensity style of CrossFit.

How long have you been attending CrossFit Fringe, and what brought you here?

I started back in late summer of 2011 at CFU on Faye Street. Took a 6-month injury time-out in 2013 and joined back up after the move to the current location of Fringe. I came to Crossfit after reading an article where Nate had been interviewed about the opening of the new gym. At the time I had spent the previous years as a runner after playing baseball, and then softball and was looking for a way to stay fit in a more team-oriented atmosphere.

Since starting at CrossFit Fringe, what has changed about your lifestyle or outlook on life?

Paying attention to how I exercise and identifying my technical weaknesses has been a welcome change and enabled me to see and feel progress. Incorporating diet changes with Charlie at CSC has been a game-changer for me as well.

Jason Thornhill - CrossFit Fringe - Columbia MO

What is your favorite movement/skill?

Ha. Anything body-weight or running. It’s my way of leveling the playing field with the athletes who throw around a bunch of weight on the barbells.


What has been the most challenging part of your journey with CrossFit?

Burpees. Just kidding.
Being able to set pride aside and accept criticism and instruction from a coach young enough to be my kid. Seriously though, continuing to work through difficult movements and know that you will be better with repetition and good coaching.

Jason Thornhill - CrossFit Fringe - Columbia MO

What do you enjoy most about CrossFit/CrossFit Fringe?

The community. From our great coaches to the athletes who come in and work hard right beside me to become better at what they do; Fringe has become part of my life. Watching everyone come together for the personal cause/benefits reaffirms that I’ve found the place I want to be.


What do you like to do outside the gym?

Hang out with my wife and 9-year old twins, who Crossfit too. When I have a little spare time, I like to play golf and I still run a race here and there. Don’t dismiss the aerobic benefits to our short, intense WOD’s – it works!