CrossFit Games athlete Jon Pera is one of the most successful athletes in history. He won the first ever CrossFit Games in 2009 and was named “Fittest Man on Earth” twice. He’s been featured on TV shows like 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and Oprah Winfrey Show. His story is fascinating and inspiring because it illustrates how hard work pays off when talent meets opportunity.
Jon Pera is not only a professional athlete, but he’s also a highly accomplished personal trainer. He owns a gym called Strength & Health Gym in Santa Monica, California where he trains elite level athletes such as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
The following are some interesting facts about Jon Pera:
1. He’s a Professional Athlete Who Has Been Featured On TV Shows Like 60 Minutes, Good Morning America And Oprah Winfrey Show
Pera has appeared on several television programs including 60 minutes, Good morning America and Oprah Winfrey show. During his appearance on these shows he discusses many topics ranging from his childhood growing up in Hawaii to his experiences competing at the CrossFit Games.
2. He Was The First Ever Crossfit Games Champion In 2009
On AUGUST 14 TH, 2008 THE CROSSFIT GAMES WEBSITE WENT LIVE WELCOMING ANYONE WITH A PASSION FOR EXERCISE AND PERFORMANCE TOWARDS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR ALL COMERS TO ATTEND.
IN THE FIRST YEAR, OVER 1,300 ATHLETES SIGNED UP TO COMPETE AT AN OPENING REMATCH BETWEEN BRITTANY AND TOMA IN FRONT OF A JAMMED STADIUM OF SUPPORTERS.
ON AUGUST 15 TH, 2009 AFTER 5 HOURS AND 42 MINUTES OF HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SPORTS ACTION, JON “J-BOW” PERA WAS DECLARED THE WINNER AND CROSSFIT GAMES CHAMPION 2009.
THE CROSSFIT GAMES HAVE EVOLVED MAKING HISTORY YEAR AFTER YEAR INCLUDING THE INCLUSION OF MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES, COMBAT ATHLETES, OLYMPIC LIFTERS, GYMNASTICS TUMBLERS AND POWER LIFTERS.
3. He’s A Professional Trainer And Owner Of A Santa Monica Gym Called Strength & Health
Pera has been a professional trainer for more than a decade. He is the owner of a gym called Strength & Health where he trains elite level athletes such as Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles and UFC fighter, Conor McGregor. Jon Pera has been profiled on the New York Times as one of America’s most successful fitness trainers.
4. He Created A Unique Strength Program Called The “J-BOW”
Pera has created a unique strength program called the J-BOW which is a combination of all things functional, including weightlifting, calisthenics, medicine ball work, and gymnastics.
The characteristics of the J-BOW program includes:
It’s scalable for all levels from the professional athlete to your grandmother.
It’s extremely versatile from advanced athletes to novices.
The beginning of the program focuses on building a solid foundation of strength and then transitions into more advanced movements and skill development.
It is challenging both physically and mentally.
The best part about this program is that it takes the guesswork out of preparing your body for high-level athletic performance.
5. He Was Featured In The New York Times Article “The Most Dangerous Man In America”
In October of 2016, Jon Pera was profiled in an article called “The Most Dangerous Man In America” on the New York Times website. Within the article, it detailed his life as a professional trainer. Since then, it has received lots of attention from people all around the world.
6. He Created A Unique Exercise That Trains The Body To Coordinate Between Vertical And Horizontal Forces
One of the interesting things about Jon Pera is that he has created a unique exercise that trains the body to coordinate between vertical and horizontal forces. He developed this unique exercise when he was just 14 years old. He named it the “Manta” and it can be used for many different types of training purposes.
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