Athlete of the Month

July 2018 – Frank Johnson

“Frank is very consistent and always gives 100% in every workout. He’s always looking for ways to improve and is a great community member.” – Coach Matt

Frank the tank, Frankie J


Chicago police officer/Marine Corps Reserves

In general, what is your background?
Grew up in the NW side of Chicago. I have a younger brother and sister who drop in from time to time. I went to St. Pat’s for high school and St. Xavier for college where I studied history and political Science and played football. I’ve played almost every sport and am extremely competitive about almost anything.

How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
I started in February of this year, I had done crossfit in the past and was coming off of a knee injury and wanted to get back into it quickly. I started CF a few years ago when I was bored the the regular gym and wanted to try something challenging and different

How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
312 is a whole new level of fitness, I can still remember my first work out there, I thought I was going to kill it and was the last one to finish. I look forward to the workouts and try to eat well to get the most out of my workout.

Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Gym – handstand pushups or any other gymnastic movement
Personal – I love what I do for work but would also like to get promoted and be on more intense teams

Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
I’d like to qualify for the regionals, I have a few friends that did this previous year and haven’t heard the end of it.

What do you like most about being a member at 312?
The people for sure. I have never been around such a motivating group. The coaching staff is great and the workouts are so much harder than any place else.

Favorite and least favorite movements:
anything gymnastic related, I can try and muscle my way through some of them but definitely not a gymnast

Favorite and least favorite WODs:
Favorite – Fight gone bad and Murph
Least – anything gymnastic related

Favorite post-WOD meal:
Breakfast burrito since I don’t cook

Favorite movies:
Swingers, old school, or any comedy

Favorite book:
The ones I can color inside the lines

Favorite artist:
Van Morrison and almost all country

Favorite quote or words you live by?
“everything happens for a reason”, “the man who says he can, and the man who says he can not..are both correct”, “life’s a garden..dig it”

What are a few of your most notable achievements?
I just where I’m at in life, hasn’t always been easy but I’m proud of what I’ve done and glad I’m here. Also running the 2016 Chicago Marathon with absolutely no training at all,

I’m passionate about:
Helping people, I know it sounds cheesy but I try and make someone’s life a little better everyday

Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
I’m kind of a big deal, I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.

I am a huge smartass and really enjoy being a goofball.