Athlete of the Month: Jon Bertulli

Jon first joined 6S early in 2019. He was eager to get involved with both CrossFit classes and nutrition coaching off the get go. And there’s been no going back since then.
Jon is dedicated to mastering new skills, adding on his own technique driven sessions and getting PT from coach Kev. Once he sets since mind to something, he persists until he gets it. With his nutrition, he’s learned the art of what macros are, how to track them, and how to balance them over the day. Jon crushed the Food for 6S nutrition challenge earlier this year earning some of the top points for behaviour change.

Jon’s transformation has proven to be more than physical, making substantial positive psychological change to prioritize his health and fitness. We are so proud and inspired by Jon’s journey. We can’t wait to see what he’ll accomplish next!

Written by Alysha Coughler

What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you.
I don’t think that too many people know that I did Karate for 13 years! So, I have my black belt in Karate.

Why did you start CrossFit?
I was lacking a physical and mental outlet and was pretty sedentary in my life. I knew that I couldn’t program for myself and I wasn’t able to keep myself accountable for exercising each day at a regular gym (I had already failed many times before). Then I came across the documentaries all over Netflix and the one called “Functional Fitness” got my attention. That same week, I booked an intro meeting with Julia where it seemed like a fit and here I am – almost a full year in and I’ve never regretted it, even during the worst WODs. I like that someone else programs for me; I like that we have classes, and coaches that care, which hold you accountable for coming; and I like that everything is scalable so I can work at my level and feel small wins as I progress until I get the full movement.

What is your proudest CF moment?
I feel like this one keeps changing with every PR and competition but getting my box jumps right before Underground Throwdown has been my proudest moment because I was working on them for SO LONG.

What’s your favorite music to workout to?
As long as it has a good beat and it’s uplifting, it’s good with me! I usually gravitate to EDM or Pop Punk (Panic and Simple Plan forever) but I often get into a zone so I don’t even hear the songs anyway.

For someone just starting at CF6S, what advice would you give them?
Don’t feel intimidated by anyone or anything! I’m super introverted but found out very quickly that 6S is truly a community and everyone wants to help you reach whatever your goals are, big or small. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, for tips, or ask someone to help you with something. Also, everyone is at a different point in their fitness journey so just do the best you can in everything and absorb all the coaching you can and you’ll see some amazing progress!

Other than CrossFit, what do you do for fun?
I’m kind of a home-body so definitely watching Netflix and I’m always looking to learn new things so studying for certifications and researching different topics I’m interested in. I also really like spending time at our family cottage in Grand Bend.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Live in Italy, become a pet parent (specifically black lab – working on this), 2035 CrossFit games babyyy! Hahaha

Are you a dog person or cat person?
Dog person. I’m sorry but cats can’t be trusted, that “meow” sound they make is manufactured to take advantage of humans. 

What do you do for a living?
I’m currently a Project Manager at a subscription-based, full-service, recruiting company.

What book are you reading right now?
I actually just finished reading Ben Bergeron’s Chasing Excellence. It was a really great read and got me thinking about motivation, goals, and dedication. While the book is obviously based around CrossFit and his athletes, it’s very applicable to daily life! 

Who inspires you?
I’m not really sure. There are amazing people out there, both in our daily lives and in the media, that I look up to and have done amazing things but I haven’t related to someone enough to be utterly inspired by them. I would say I feed off of other people’s accomplishments – people who make it through true adversity inspire me but even those that have a small accomplishment push me to want to be better too. Get that 1 more rep in, put in that extra effort in my life, or take a leap for a new adventure, anything that pushes me 1 step toward my goal. 

2 Truths and a lie about you
1. I’ve lived in 7 different cities 
2. I had backstage passes at Warped Tour in Toronto in 2018 so I met We The Kings, Simple Plan, Sum 41, and 3Oh!3 
3. I spent 2 weeks in Guatemala with my university club to build a vocational training center for a small village
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