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ANNOUNCEMENT: May 2020 Member Spotlight

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[vc_column][vc_column_text delay="0"]Ah, the sweet aroma of Uncommon love!

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Josh laid eyes on Julianne during one of the 6:30 am WOD’s when she first became a member, and he simply couldn’t shift his gaze. These two love birds have been together since Memorial Day last year, and they are now happily engaged and ready to embark on a new journey together to New York here in a couple of months!

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Keep reading to learn a little more about Josh & Julianne!

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Q1: What do you do for a living?

Josh: I am an Army officer. I am here in Lafayette because I was fortunate enough to get into a program at Purdue, which allows me to get my graduate degree in return for additional years of service.

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Julianne: I currently work at Barash Law as a project manager, but recently graduated with my accelerated bachelors in nursing and will start working as a nurse soon!

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Q2: How did you get into CrossFit?

Josh: I have been training in some way or another since I was 15. I was introduced to functional fitness through Military Athlete (now Mountain Tactical Institute) in 2009 and followed their programming for a number of years. I saw the CrossFit documentaries on Netflix and decided I was going to join a gym when I got to Lafayette.

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Julianne: I started dabbling in CrossFit about a 2 years ago after my collegiate swimming career had ended. Both of my brothers love Crossfit and suggested I try it, and once I started, I was obsessed and never looked back!

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Q3: What do you like most about Uncommon?

Josh: The people–hands down. In my Army career, I move around a lot. I’ve never been able to establish such a strong, valuable connection as I did when I arrived at Uncommon. The caliber of people here, their desire to improve, and how much they care about others is inspiring and humbling.

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Julianne: While I do love the fitness aspect of our box, I love the Uncommon people the most. Getting up at the crack of dawn to workout is not super fun, but working out with some of my favorite people makes it all worth it. The Uncommon community makes me want to invest in myself and others, the coaches make me feel important, and they have created an awesome environment for us to grow in.

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Q4: What is your favorite CF movement? Why?

Josh: It depends on what I’m most proficient at currently. I heard one of the Games athletes say how they train not to have a wheelhouse–that’s what I’m striving for.

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Julianne: I know this may sounds crazy but I think I love the assault bike…and wall balls.

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Q5: What is your least favorite CF movement? Why?
Josh: Again–I’d say it depends on what I’m least proficient at. Lately it’s been any overhead movement (snatch, OHS, etc.) due to my poor mobility. I’ve been doing a lot of mobility work over the past month or so, so hopefully that pays off.
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Julianne: I don’t love overhead squatting…but that probably means I just need to practice it more 🙂
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Q6: What do you do for fun on the weekends?
We like to go to CrossFit in the morning, and then take it easy the rest of the day. We’ll make a big breakfast, sip our coffee, take the dogs for a walk, grill out with friends, etc.
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Q7: What have you learned most about yourself in the time that you have been a member at Uncommon?
Josh: Better self-awareness. Who I was when I arrived to Uncommon and who I thought I was were drastically different. My time here has shown me I can push myself much harder than I thought (physically and mentally), but also taught me when I need to throttle back and recover. It has taught me humility and widened my perspective. It has also reemphasized the importance of connecting with people and having that community.
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Julianne: My time at Uncommon has taught me to lean in – There is always something I can improve on, and some CF movements may take more practice and time than others. I’ve learned with a little patience and a lot of practice, I will improve. Although, this would be a lot harder to do without the support and tips from the awesome people at Uncommon.
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Q8: What are your guilty pleasures?
Josh: Donuts and energy drinks. If you’ve never seen a grown man on a sugar-rush, it’s a sight to behold.
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Julianne: I love binge watching true crime series/documentaries/podcasts – especially while eating ice cream/pie/cake (all the desserts).
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Way to be Uncommon, Josh & Julianne! We sure will miss you as you venture out and experience new beginnings!

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author: Jackie Richards

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