Member Spotlight

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“I really don’t want to be here today”

“Come on guys. . . .finish!”

Just a few of the things you will likely hear J Sprat yell to his ‘battle buddies’ at the 5:15am class!

Our Member Spotlight is none other than Jeremy ‘J’ (don’t call me JJ) Spratling! A man of many talents, hard work, and a great example of ‘paying it forward’ as a business professional.
Learn a little more about J Sprat and why he enjoys Benchmark Fitness. . .

What do you like most about Benchmark Fitness home of Yellowhammer CrossFit?

I really like the people or as I say, my battle buddies.  We push and encourage each other every day.  The 5:15am group is lighthearted and not afraid to make jokes.  I also like it because every workout is different.  It is hard to get bored.

How long have you been doing CrossFit & why did you start?

I think I have been doing it for 4-5 years.  I started with Benchmark Fitness.  I started because I like a challenge.  I was doing Muay Thai before CrossFit.  CrossFit has more movements and includes free weights. I get a full body, cardiovascular workout each day.

What is your favorite movement, or workout of the day (WOD)?

I like the long WODS. I would say that I like pull-ups the most.

What are 3 things you are most proud of accomplishing since being at BF-YHCF?

I can do double-unders [with the jump rope]
I have done MURPH every year since starting CrossFit
I have stayed consistent(ish) since joining

Favorite place to eat in the Bham area? *this was a tough one*:

I have a ton of places that I like. I love food.
1) Le Fresca
2) Helen
3) Bamboo on 2nd
I eat everything, so I order everything; my only true favorite. . . .is happy hour!!

Favorite hobby outside of working out?

Ironically, my favorite hobby is working.

–> Jeremy owns (and founded) one of the largest, and one of the largest minority owned, facility management companies in the Southeast – Corporate Facilities Management

What is an interesting fact (or two) that most people do not know about you?

I am an author, public speaker, and mentor of business owners and young men. *Great book for those looking to start a business: Do As I Do, Not As I Did *

What made you want to become a business mentor?

I have been really fortunate in my life; I have learned more at an early age than most people have learned in two lifetimes.  I feel that it is my charge to pass some of this information along to anyone that wants to accept it.  I want to leave a legacy and I feel I can do this by watering other lives.

–> In addition to his company CFM, being an author, and mentoring other entrepreneurs, J Sprat, along with his partners, also help guide and develop college aged men through mentorship, scholarships, and professional development through their organization: Turning Dreams into Realities

What would you tell someone who was skeptical about starting at Benchmark Fitness?

Try it a few times to get comfortable, then you will fall in love with it!

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