“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts” ~ Winston Churchill

We are very excited to announce our October MVP at Jefferson City CrossFit. Congratulations Clayton Backes! The trainers can’t express enough how great it has been to be able to see you grow in your early teenage career. You have been with us for the last 6 months, and you are the definition of growth in all of the skills of CrossFit from strenghth, conditioning, mobility, balance, cooordination, agility and more. You have your highschool career still ahead of you, and we are honored to have you and your father, Mike as part of our community. You will never see this guy fall short of giving anyone a high five and cheer another fellow athlete on in the middle of a brutal workout. CrossFit isn’t easy, and he shows up to do the work. A shout out to both Kim and Mike, his parents, that play a huge part and are his child’s number one fans. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Clayton!


Name: Clayton Backes

Age: 14

Family: Mike (Dad), Kim, (Mom), Justin, (Brother)

How long have you been CrossFitting? Since April 2013

What is your greatest accomplishment and favority memory at the box? The first time I climbed the rope.

Favorite weightlifting movement and why? Clean, because it requires you to use your whole body.

Deadlift or Power Clean: Power Clean

What is your 1RM for the clean? 105lb (Nice work, Clayton!)

Pullups or Burpees? Burpees because you get to jump. (You should see the length of this kid’s broad jump!)

Favorite shoes to work out in: My Yellow Nike Max Air’s

If you could give any advice for a person new to CrossFit, what would it be? Stretch after you Workout! And form first, weight second. (GREAT advice coming from one of our young members! Spot on.)

Goals in the future with your CrossFit adventure: Do a Handstand

What is one thing that people who know you, may not know “about” you? My favorite football team is the Saints.

Favorite past time outside of CrossFit: Basketball

Favorite “benchmark work out” and Why? “GRACE” because I get to do 30 clean and jerks for time!

Favorite Food: Chicken Nachos from El Espolon

Favorite Beverage: Lemon Lime Powerade

Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts” ~ Winston Churchill