Featured Athlete: Yusri Johari

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Every single day we (the coaches at CrossFit 673 Jerudong) see athletes in the gym performing incredible feats. Not only feats of physical strength, speed, and endurance, but also feats of perseverance, courage, and strength of will. These accomplishments deserve to be shared. Our athletes put in so much hard work and dedication every week, and we want to recognize the greatness within them on a larger stage. With that in mind, we feature athletes who display the heart and soul of CrossFit 673 Jerudong. They inspire us, we hope they inspire you too. Also read about our previous Featured Athlete: Filzah Mohammad

At Jbox we ask two things of every athlete:

1. Enter the gym with a positive attitude
2. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

If you are looking for a prime example of someone who lives just that, look no further. Yus joined CF673 J before we even opened our doors for our free community WOD and has brought his leadership, selflessness, and determination to our community ever since. Individually, Yus scored in the top 10 at Jerudong for the 2015 CrossFit Open, but far more important to him was his team “Wednesday Addams” pulling off a comeback win in the Open Team Challenge at Jerudong. As teammate Nicole Payne says “Yus was a great captain because he put his teammates before himself in every workout. He wanted us to perform our very best of course, but his primary goal was for us to feel successful and know we contributed something important to the team.”

“Wednesday Addams”

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Yus has not only led his team team to victory, he’s leading the entire community by example. In CrossFit we are all tempted to stick to strengths and avoid weaknesses. It’s satisfying to know you are good at something and express that in the gym. However, it’s when we face challenges yet to be conquered we experience the best of what CrossFit has to offer. All December we watched for weeks as Yus set his sights on getting a muscle up. Day after day he came to the gym, hopped on the bar, and worked through the progressions Coach Dan had given him. Several times he tried, several times unsuccessful. But then, on December 30th…

 

Yus had conquered. But we never settle for one victory, CrossFit pushes us towards the next and the next and the next. So in the Opens Yus was determined to score Rx for 14.3 and get his first Ring Muscle Up. He tried hard, asked advice, tried again, and finally…didn’t get one.

But we know he will, and when he does we’ll cheer even louder because what we’ve seen from Yus has taught us a crucial lesson: that every hurdle we face is only YET to be conquered. The victory always remains within our reach, how soon we see it is up to us.

Athlete Specs
Height: 165cm
Weight: 76kg
Age: 34
CrossFit start date: August, 2013
Snatch: 125lb
Clean and Jerk: 165lb
Back Squat: 215lb
Deadlift: 315lb

Why did you first decide to start CrossFit?
Hanizam Alidin told me about Michael Mogard so I googled him, looked pretty legit.

What CrossFit achievement are you most proud of?
First Muscle-Up, especially with the fact that I stuck to Dan Aderton’s program and kept doing the drills for more than three weeks was a personal achievement in itself.

What keeps you going during tough WODs?
At J-Box, a TOUGH WOD usually means GOOD FOOD afterwards.

When do you have the most fun at the gym?
Most of the time. Annie was one of the last benchmark WODs that I enjoyed and it was a four-way throwdown with Adam, KC and Shaz, and the new kids dominated us.

What’s your “power song” i.e. your favorite song to WOD to?
Metallica, but I’m not sure the box is ready for that so anything I know the lyrics to.

What goals do you have for the next year?
To help Crossfit 673 Jerudong grow.

What do you like to do outside of CrossFit?
Photography and something I love to do more of, traveling.

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All photo cred to the brilliant Adam Hague

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