R3VIVE’s Member of the Month, March, 2022
Introducing our Gym M.O.M. (Member of the Month) for March, 2022 … Jonathan Salzman!
Jonathan is easily one of our most consistent, coachable and approachable athletes. His work ethic extends beyond the hour in class and you can always catch him putting in extra work to get closer to his goals.
Jonathan’s ability to speak through his actions, is something we extremely value, which is why choosing him as this months Gym M.O.M., was an easy choice.
Learn more about Jonathan below!
Q: What made you decide to start functional fitness training?
I first started CrossFit when I was living in Chicago a few years ago–and fell in love with having a community around fitness. I moved back to Boston without a new gym to call home. During the Pandemic, I herniated a disc in my lower back. Derek and R3’s programming literally got me to move again (literally)–and saved me from feeling low, old, and incapable. I’m so much stronger now than I was before injury.
Q: Are you a student/working professional/both? What do you do for a living?
I run operations for a med device startup called FEND. We’ve done research at R3VIVE that will be published in the next month! Can’t wait to share what we found about exercise, hydration, and COVID safety.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of the gym?
Sailing, rugby, playing with my nephews, biking around the city (…when it’s warm)
Q: What are some of your favorite movements (name up to three)?
Easy answer: Friday night Barbell class is my happy place. Nothing quite like lifting with a good (and growing!) crew, poking fun at coach Pat, and hitting PRs.
Q: What are your least favorite movements?
During the pandemic when gyms were closed, I lifted weights using borrowed equipment in a friend’s garage–and I threw out my back. Damn you, ‘Rona.
Q: What movements do you want to improve at?
Double-unders are my nemesis. I have never been able to string many together–and I’d love to get better.
Q: What advice do you have for someone considering our gym?
Most of CrossFit’s value comes in the support, accountability, and fun of the community you compete with. I’d encourage them to really imagine the people and environment they are going to succeed in–doing physical things they probably never imagined they could! R3VIVE is absolutely that for me; I bet it is for a lot of people.
Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
Peanut butter chip ice cream from Picco on Tremont St.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
Playing SimCity for way too many hours.
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Some pronounce it “Sal-zee”; some “Saulz”; others “Jackass”–I respond to all 😀
Q: Tell us an interesting fact that we probably don’t know about you!
I lift best when I’m mouthing the lyrics to 70s disco songs.