ANNOUNCEMENT: December 2019 Member Spotlight

And just like that, our December 2019 Member Spotlight goes to……

Joshua Vander Plaats!!!

Joshua’s journey here at Uncommon has shown tremendous physical and emotional growth, and we are proud to spotlight him this month. Each time he walks through the doors of Uncommon, Joshua tackles a workout and goes all in. Every. Single. Time. That takes some serious courage!
Keep reading to learn more about Joshua!
Q1: What do you do for a living?
18 years as a Probation Officer for the Tippecanoe County Courts. Specifically, I write pre-sentence investigation reports on criminal offenders and make recommendations to the Judges for how these offenders should be sentenced.
Q2: How did you get into CrossFit?
I have this incredible sister who married this equally incredible guy. Two years ago we were drinking a beer together, but I spat mine out because it tasted like Kool-Aid. Next thing I know … I’m doing berry blast burpees in this placed called “the box” and PJ is trying to cheer me up.
Q3: What is your favorite CF movement? Why?
Clean and Jerk. Why? Because I don’t like dirty ones. To be real though…I do not like any movement…as you all probably know if you have had the misfortune of hearing me fight my way through a WOD (And for that, dear tribe, I’m very sorry for any distraction). I do not see myself as much of an athlete, and do not have any aspirations to be.. I just want to be happy, strong, and healthy and try to give every movement my all. CF works for me because it just tells me what to do and I try my best to do it. Our bodies are temples for this mysterious divine energy we call “life”. My passion in life is to fully experience IT and so I want my body to be all it can potentially be. We are given this one body. It is a treasure holding a treasure.
Q4: What is your least favorite CF movement? Why?
The Assault Bike. Does that count as a movement? It sucks. Sorry, Crystal. I know….negative talk….but it really does suck. I hate it. Especially when they add “assault to injury” and make you run immediately afterward. Terrible idea! And its even worse when your lil sis kicks your ass on it, too.
Q5: What do you do for fun on the weekends?
Love being with my three children: Michael 14, Gabriel 10, and Raphaela, 6. When I don’t have them, I do some things to cheer me up.
Q6: What have you learned most about yourself since you started at Uncommon?
“No pain, no pleasure.” I lived for many years as an ascetic religious man, with a belief system that basically taught its opposite: No pleasure, no pain. These ideas have their merits, but I have come to realize that pain and pleasure can become friends and they actually need each other. Pain should not be feared or avoided, but embraced. I have learned to be grateful for both the hard and the easy, even for the bad as much as the good. I have done both good and bad things with my life. Without the bad, I would have never known the good. So, I am grateful for all things as they are.
Q7: In what ways have you changed most since starting your fitness journey at Uncommon
Well, for starters, I have lost 47 lbs. I did not even know I had that much to lose! Maybe some of it was my hair? I have changed in both great and subtle ways, physically and spiritually. I feel really really good. I just turned 42 and I feel better now than I did in my 20s and 30s. And that is not a joke.
Q8: What are your guilty pleasures?
Hookah. Yes, I confess. It’s true. In moderation, of course. Anybody up for that (and some Bad Bunny)? Hey…every great tribe has a peace pipe. And Pete….they got a new flavor: Berry Blast.

author: Jackie Richards


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