Meet Josh Stauffer, whenever he is not making sure that “bad people” are out of the street and tucked away in our fine prison system, he is making his presence known at SCCF. Looking back, the Josh that most of us know today, is definitely not the Josh that started working out with us a while back. He has definitely transformed himself and has turned into a very fit/happy individual. He embraced the CF lifestyle fully, went from being a lifetime vegetarian to a much fitter caveman. He is the guy that will humble most of us for his ridiculous consistent/fast times and heavy loads, and the best of all; he is a very humble incredibly nice guy. SCCF is very proud and happy to have him as one of his members.
San Carlos CrossFit: The SCCF pride is comprised of people living in many different locales. Where did you grow up and what are you doing here now in the bay area?
Josh Stauffer: I grew up in the Bay Area and with the exception of a brief period of time in Southeast Asia and East Africa, I have lived here my whole life. I attended Woodside High School, Stanford University and Santa Clara Law School. I currently reside in San Mateo County. As far as what I am doing now, I currently work for the DA’s Office Gang Prosecution Unit.
SCCF: You have a history in athletics. Tell us your most memorable moment?
JS: As a kid I played a lot of soccer and I was also involved in the sport of fencing. I fenced competitively from age 12 through 22 at National and International competitions. I also fenced for the varsity team while at Stanford University. Fencing gave me the opportunity to do a lot of international travel and eventually I got the travel bug and this transitioned into a lot of extended hikes around the world. For the last 10 years I have spent a lot of time hiking around the world. I have completed several multiday treks in the Himalayas, Patagonia, The Andes, East Africa, New Zealand, Europe and of course California.
SCCF: Have you always been athletic or has CrossFit been your introduction to human movement, in general?
JS: I used to think I was “athletic” until I joined Jeff, Robert, Ben and some other members of the San Mateo County SWAT Team for a workout they told me was called “Crossfit” about two years ago. At the time I had no idea what Crossfit was and I thought that my regular running routine meant that I was in pretty good shape. I remember not being able to move around without some intense pain for a couple of days after that first Crossfit workout. I decided I was not in very good shape and I spent the next year or so working out with Ben, Erik, Robert and Jeff at 5:30 a.m. at San Carlos Crossfit.
SCCF: Tell the community one of your biggest achievements since training with us, and where you want to be a year from now.
JS: My biggest achievement was on January 23, 2012 when I got my first ring muscle up. In a year I would like to be able to string a few muscle ups together.
SCCF: If a workout came up tomorrow that you dreaded the most, what would it be?
JS: The only workout that I dread is anything that involves Skin the Cat. For some reason I always feel like puking after I do a couple of those.
SCCF: We started this column to highlight members of our community and any hidden talents they may have. What ninja type skills would the community least likely guess you possessed?
JS: If you drop me off in the wilderness with a map, compass and a few supplies I am pretty good at finding my way around.
SCCF: If paleo allowed all the beer and ice cream you could imagine, what flavors would they come in?
JS: I am a big beer fan so when I found out it wasn’t “paleo” I decided that I needed to cheat when it came to a nice beer. I love German beer and I spend at least a couple nights a month at the German beer garden in Redwood City, Gourmet Haus.
SCCF: Many say it’s the bond of suffering together, which brings this community close to one another. Have you found this to be true? Any other new found friendships worth mentioning?
JS: Given the large law enforcement presence at San Carlos Crossfit, I know several guys from work who train there and it is nice to get to know them outside the work setting. The community as a whole is very supportive and encouraging of each other and that makes it a pleasant gym to attend. I think the support we all have for each other was really illustrated during the Crossfit Open workouts on Saturdays during February and March. It was a really great atmosphere and the support and encouragement our athletes showed each other made me proud to be a member of San Carlos Crossfit.
SCCF: Through pain and hard work comes clarity and results. What inspires you to keep coming back for more?
JS: The results! I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. I have lost close to 30 pounds since joining the gym and I have been able to do things I never thought were possible. I never imagined I would be doing things like muscle ups or handstand pushups, but Crossfit has given me the strength to do these workouts.
SCCF: Unknown and unknowable is a training principle we align ourselves with but you will often hear us nagging you to train with proper equipment. If you could recommend something to a new client looking to improve his dress code, what would it be?
JS: Board shorts and flat or minimalist shoes.
SCCF: Top 5 songs you would sync to our iPod for your next training session
JS: Old school rock and roll.
SCCF: We constantly preach the virtues of good sleep habits and ancestral type eating. Have you taken that step? What have you noticed most?
JS: I was born and raised vegetarian. Until the age of 32 I had never tasted meat or fish of any kind. When I started Crossfit I was intrigued by the idea of the Paleo Diet and I thought that it kind of made sense. While traveling in Japan in 2010 I started eating fish and realized I really liked it. When I got back to the US I decided to try the Paleo Diet and I have been fairly strict about it for the last year or so. I am pretty convinced that the diet change has had a remarkable effect on my overall health as well as my strength when it comes to Crossfit workouts.
SCCF: If we found you kicking your feet up anywhere in the world, where would it be? And what book would you be reading?
JS: Preferably camping on a mountain somewhere in Northern India or Tibet. I would probably be reading some travelogue or a history book about the next place I plan on traveling.
SCCF: When you’re not down at our shop taming wolverines, what types of kinesthetic mischief would we find you celebrating in?
JS: Hiking in the Sierras.
SCCF: Is SCCF a family affair or are you the only exercise assassin of the bunch?
JS: My sister, Keri, joined San Carlos Crossfit about 6 months ago. We then bought my brother the Fundamentals Gift Certificate for Christmas and now my little brother Michael is a regular too. It is pretty cool when all three of us show up for a class and we get to work out together.
SCCF: I don’t know about you but I am always thinking about my next meal. What’s for dinner tonight?
JS: Grilled Chicken over salad.
SCCF: If we want to know more what class would we most likely find you at?
JS: Monday through Friday at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 9 am.