23 Questions with CJ Martin, Founder of CrossFit Invictus and Elite Coach

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As we enter the end of 2023, it’s a good time to reflect on the season behind us as well as look ahead to what’s to come. But amid the heavy considerations as the year comes to a close, it’s time to approach some lighter topics.

This week, we spoke with longtime CrossFit coach CJ Martin, founder of CrossFit Invictus. Martin just coached his second team to victory at the Affiliate Cup this past summer, but we wanted to go beyond the sport of bodybuilding and find out what’s going on in his personal life and more than that.

In the spirit of Vogue interview questions 73 popularized by journalists Joe SabiaWe asked him 23 questions to close out the 2023 season.

  1. What is your favorite time of day?

CJ Martin: Depends on my location – early mornings in the mountains, sunsets near the beach.

  1. What is one thing people don’t know about you?

CJM: I was voted Best Hair in 8th grade – well documented in my school yearbook.

  1. AMRAP or for time?

CJM: For strong preferences over time.

  1. What is one gym accessory that everyone should own?

CJM: There are many options, but I want to talk about the Garmin GPS watch, which is also a useful reminder to get out to the gym for a workout.

  1. What do you usually eat for breakfast?

CJM: Three eggs and some free meats with butter.

  1. What is one thing you had to learn the hard way?

CJM: The thing about genetics is that all the hard work in the world won’t make you excel in a sport you weren’t trained to excel in.

  1. Mountains, lakes or beaches?

CJM: Mountains with lots of green foliage and trees.

  1. What is the most interesting thing in your life right now?

CJM: Sports training for my children!

  1. What are you completely depressed about right now?

CJM: Social Media I have rarely participated in any social media for several years now and have found it to be devastating for most people, especially young people.

  1. Favorite place to stay?

CJM: Eastern Sierras – offers lots of great hiking, camping, and sightseeing at elevations of 10,000 feet or more.

  1. What is one piece of advice you wish athletes would listen to?

CJM: Stay away from leaderboards and social media during competition and just focus on what you need to do next to be as successful as possible at your next mission.

  1. What’s one thing on your bucket list?

CJM: I want to camp and hike in New Zealand.

  1. What is your usual coffee order?

CJM: Tall/Small Americano – I think if I had a small size, I could drink 4-5 cups in a day.

  1. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

CJM: You have a wonderful family.

  1. You have 10 minutes to practice, what are you doing?

CJM: Spend 8 minutes considering what would make a perfect 10 minute workout and 2 minutes regretting that I didn’t do anything other than think. I’m working on this but it’s definitely also why I’m a much better coach than an athlete.

  1. Someone you want to have coffee with?

CJM: Jimmy Fallon or Mike Krzyzewski

  1. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done in your life?

CJM: Left a successful legal career to open a CrossFit gym in the middle of the Great Recession in 2008.

  1. What book have you finished reading recently?

CJM: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek and Live Longer by Dr. Peter Attia

  1. If you weren’t working in CrossFit, what would you be doing?

CJM: Build a community of incredible individuals around sports interests or in an educational setting.

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give your 19-year-old self?

CJM: Celebrate your successes before rushing to the next goal.

  1. How would your athletes describe you?

CJM: My expectations were unrealistic and required them to be met.

  1. What is one thing you must have in your refrigerator?

CJM: Kerry yellow butter

  1. What is one thing you need to have in your pantry?

CJM: Perennial Pasture Farm Ancestral Mixed Beef

Withdrawal: And of course, it wouldn’t be CrossFit if we didn’t have a little cash.

  1. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

CJM: Logical reasoning

  1. Favorite professional sport to watch?

CJM: Baseball, followed closely by College Football

  1. What will you do tomorrow?

CJM: Coaching my 10-year-old son’s baseball team and watching my 8-year-old daughter climb routes I couldn’t even hope to climb (she’s currently leading the 5.11 climb gland).

  1. Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

CJM: Correct. It depends on the issue, but I am always optimistic about people and their ability to reach their full potential.

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