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CrossFit Confessions: “I quit my job at a Hedge Fund to do CrossFit full time”

This young stud went from desk worker to gym manager
Andrew Cutraro

Hedge fund guys do CrossFit. So do cops. And construction workers, engineers, and professors. (Even rock stars, too!) Here are their personal stories from inside a global fitness phenomenon.

Jay Adams, 26, is a New York City-based CrossFit box manager and instructor.

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I would take sick days from work just to hang out at the box all day. I would go and work out and just hang with the trainers. It was the environment that made me happy. I never felt comfortable wearing business clothes and sitting at a desk, answering e-mails all day. I worked for a hedge fund administrator. I know I’m a smart guy, but it just never felt right. I wanted to be happy. I was fucking miserable. So I quit.

When I announced I was leaving, there were no shocked faces. They knew I didn’t belong behind a desk as much as I did.

I graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in international relations. I always regretted the path I took. It was stupid. I would sit at work for 12 hours and then come to the gym and work out for an hour and a half and then be miserable again because I knew I had to wake up and do the same thing all over again. Wash and repeat.

Now I’m a certified CrossFit trainer. I played fullback on the football team in college. Our coaches introduced us to CrossFit-style training during spring ball. After graduating, I tried it again, about three years ago, because I hated running but needed cardio. However, I discovered even an empty barbell was too much for me to overhead squat. I would jump in a workout and lose to a girl. I just couldn’t stand being bad at something, so I kept coming back. And that girl that beat me, turns out she was Kaleena Ladeairous, the top female competitor in the North East region. Now I compete, too.

You hear people say CrossFit is a cult and people become obsessed with it, but there are worse things people can be spending their free time doing. If the cult is a cult but it gets you more fit, changes your lifestyle, and makes you eat healthier, then I’ll drink that Kool-Aid. —As told to Christopher Hunt

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