John Cook

My name is John and I moved to Arizona in May 2010.  I was born in Wheaton, Minnesota and raised in Jamestown, North Dakota.  I grew up playing multiple sports, but eventually settled into playing hockey and only hockey.  The first time I was on skates, I was just 3 years old and I have been a certified puckhead ever since.  During my senior year of high school, an event that would become known as 9/11 happened while I was driving to my senior English class.  This ultimately resulted in me enlisting in the United States Air Force where I served on active duty for 6 years that included two deployments to Iraq in 2003 and 2007 and one deployment to Afghanistan in 2005.  During my time in the military, I found an outlet was needed for the competitive fires that still burned within me from a childhood entirely comprised of being involved in some sort of competitive sport.  The outlet that I found was the sport of strongman.  I competed in my first strongman competition in the summer of 2006 and was immediately hooked.  I did 8 competitions in the next two years before being honorably discharged from the USAF in September 2008.  Upon separating from the USAF, I went back to school to pursue my bachelors in Biological Sciences.  This led to my move to Arizona, where I currently attend Arizona State University.  I first found CrossFit in August 2011.  Having not been a part of competitive strength athletics since 2008, I found my fire for moving heavy objects as fast as possible reignited.  I earned my CrossFit Level  1 in December 2011.  In January 2012, I attended Rob Orlando’s CrossFit Strongman seminar.  I have been coaching CrossFit since December 2011 and have loved every second of it.

Recently, I’ve been concentrating on weightlifting specifically and plan to funnel all of my future gym efforts into improving my skills with the competitive lifts.  Weightlifting is something that I find to simultaneously be the most difficult and most rewarding type of athletic activity I’ve ever personally been exposed to.  I look forward to seeing what I can accomplish in the future in the sport.  I would also like to make a return to the sport of Strongman in the future as well as compete in CrossFit competitions.  If I have my way, I’ll still be walking the earth throwing a barbell overhead and lifting awkward, heavy objects when I’m 90 years old while helping others to do the same.


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