Southwest Regional

Master's Athlete Profile: Jon "Mouse" Hults - Southwest Region

Former fighter pilot ensures success through proper motivation.

Last weekend's North Central Masters proved that the Masters division is not only inspiring, but extremely competitive. This weekend, over 50 Masters athletes will compete for a spot to the CrossFit Games Finals in July.

If Jon Hults, of CrossFit by Overload, only did what came easily he might be pumping gas for a living. However the 52 year old pilot made up his mind early on to work hard for the things he wanted most, which has now extended to include a berth in the Master's Division of the CrossFit Games Final at the Home Depot Center. Hults, better known by his Top Gun call sign "Mouse" has impressive numbers for an athlete half his age - a clear indication that this weekend's Masters competition is going to be fierce.

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Name: Jon Hults
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 168lbs
Regional: Southwest
Helen: 9:57
Cindy: 21 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 284
Clean & Jerk: 200lbs
Snatch: 135lbs
Deadlift: 365lbs
Back Squat: 275lbs
Pull-ups: 31

What is your athletic background?
I've played sports for as long as I can remember. Little League baseball, Pee Wee football, High School wrestling, football and golf, then rowed crew and played football in college. Since then it's been running, cycling, swimming and a lifetime globo gym membership. Fitness has always been a priority for me and I did anything I could to stay in shape. I found CrossFit after driving by CrossFit by Overload one day looking for something else on that street, and now I'm in the best shape of my life!

What is your history with CrossFit?
I read an article about CrossFit and coach Glassman in a magazine several years ago and it interested me so much that I went out and bought one dumbbell and a med ball and tried one of the WODs. It about killed me! Some months later, a bit out of shape and recovering from recent knee surgery, I drove by a store front with a big CrossFit banner on it. I stopped in, met Jordan Gravatt, the owner of CFO, and found out all I needed to know about CrossFit... And I had to be a part of it. By the time I left CFO that day, my wife and I were both scheduled to start our 1 on 1 fundamentals classes the following Monday. That was November of 2008. We are now both Level 1 certified trainers and have gymnastics certs too. I love the intensity and challenge that CrossFit provides and there's nothing like sharing the floor of your box making sweat angels with fellow CrossFitters who are truly the only ones that really "get" why we put ourselves through these incredible workouts and keep coming back tomorrow! My only wish is that I could have found CrossFit sooner.

What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
I'm 52 years old. That doesn't make me unique, just the oldest guy in my box. I very much enjoy the challenge of working out next to younger athletes and trying to compete at their level. I've always believed that anything can be accomplished when you are properly motivated. That necessary motivation can come from external sources or circumstances, but truly lasting success is a result of self-motivation. All I ever wanted to do when I was growing up was fly. I scrubbed golf clubs and pumped gas to earn the money for flying lessons and got my pilot's license in high school. I was motivated. I wanted to fly fighter jets so I studied hard and earned an appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and was off to Navy flight school after graduation. Now I was really motivated. A year later, I was a new Naval aviator and off to Miramar to fly F-14 Tomcats. Now some 30 years later and looking back, it's even more clear to me that motivation was the key to any success that I may have had and it continues to be the key for me in CrossFit. Although I don't fight in airplanes anymore, the fight against the WOD clock is every bit as competitive, intense and rewarding. I want to continue to improve athletically and fight off the effects of time for the rest of my life and I want to help others do the same. That is my motivation now. I want to be doing Fran Rx when I'm 75 years old and beyond! CrossFit, like nothing else, is the mechanism that will enable me or anybody else on this planet to do that because it is truly the much sought after and mythical "Fountain of Youth!"

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20 comments on this entry

1. Brett wrote...

Excellent read. Good luck Jon!!!

2. court wrote...

Love you Mouse!!! Can't wait to see you in the Masters Whoo Hoooo! Good Luck!

3. Paula wrote...

Mouse-you are such an inspiration to all of us at CrossFit by Overload! We can't wait to cheer you on this weekend as you clinch your spot in the 2010 games. You are ready. And, as the saying goes inside the walls of CFO..."When I grow up, I wanna be like Mouse."

4. Michele wrote...

I second what Court wrote, and add to that... you are an incredible athlete, one that many of us at CFO look up to! Well, I guess there is only a few of us that can actually "look up to you" but you know what I mean (-: Best wishes tomorrow, can't wait to watch you compete!

5. Cash wrote...

You are my Hero!

6. Jake wrote...

I've got to work this weekend and thus can't be there to see you BRING IT!!!

If I wasn't I'd be there doing a test run of my Beerman costume that I WILL be donning at the Games and the loudest drunken fool cheering you on. Give 'em hell Mouse!

7. Betsy wrote...

You are amazing mouse!!! I know you will own it!!!

8. Mike Serrano wrote...

All I gotta say to you Mouse is, "You're cleared in HOT! Bring the rain!"

9. Ad wrote...

I definitely concur with Paula. I want to be like you when I grow up mouse! Err.. Well.. When I get older, rather. Considering we are the same height! :D

10. Wendy wrote...

Your name may be mouse but your strength is more than a GIANT!! I know you will do well & take no prisoners. Can't wait to hear how well you do tomorrow. GOOD LUCK Jon.

11. P.J. wrote...

Mouse, you are gonna rock this weekend and I wish I could be there to cheer you on.

When I grow up I really do wanna be like Mouse.

Good luck and kick ass!

12. Carol wrote...

Loved reading this about you Jon. Good luck this weekend!

13. Zingg wrote...

Mouse, you don’t know how many times Shari and I drive home taking about you. Most of the time I am talking about your flying and she is talking about how sweet you are. Other times I am talking about you kicking my butt in a WOD and Shari is talking about what a gentleman you are. Bottom line when I said I want to be like you when I grow up, I mean it. You are the one of the coolest, dynamic dudes I have ever met. Even when you only rap with me for a couple minus I truly feel lucky to have shared a conversation with you. My money will always be on you bro.

14. Miguel wrote...

Mouse....Good Luck man. You are an amazing athlete. You are an inspiration to all of us at CFO.

15. Christine wrote...

Mouse, my thoughts are with you. I know you are going to do great. I am always bragging about you to anyone that will listen. I think you are a spectacular athelete!

16. Beth wrote...

Mouse, I wish I could be there today!! You are a true motivator!! Go get em!!!!!!!!!!!

17. Bean wrote...

Mouse, you are an inspiration to all of us!! What an honor it is to train with you! Wish I could be there today, but can't wait to hear all about it tonight! You will do awesome..... you always do!!

18. Brooke wrote...

Whohoo John!I'm so excited for you!We love ya man!

19. Candace wrote...

Mouse....good luck this weekend. You truly are an inspiration to us all...especially me. I REALLY DO WANNA BE LIKE YOU SOMEDAY WHEN I GROW UP!! Peace and love. You will do great! We are all so very proud of you and to say that we workout in the same box with you!

20. john wopat wrote...

The Mouse that Roared. Good luck this weekend!


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