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October Athlete of the Month: Jason Lutz

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Charlotte, NC and moved to Bartlett when I was 20. I was an automotive mechanic until joining the Memphis Fire Department when I was 25. Now, I’m a firefighter as well as an IT technician for MFD.

2. What made you want to try out Old Towne Fitness? Earlier this year I was in between gyms and training at different places. I heard about a new gym in OB so I came and tried it out. I really enjoyed the vibe and met new people as well as a few others I already knew.

3. What's kept you coming back to OTF? Obviously the atmosphere is great and I enjoy the coaching. The price point of membership makes it worth the drive from Memphis, but I also became instant friends with the owner. He’s a “car guy” like myself and we have a lot in common. He, his family and Coach Allie work hard to make OTF an awesome facility.

4. What are some of your short term and long term goals? I’m 4 weeks post TKR (total knee replacement) as of today so my short term goal is to get all the strength and mobility back in that leg ASAP. After that, I want to see what’s possible having two good knees. Maybe I can hit a few new PRs!! Long term I want to stay healthy and fit. If things go well I would like to enter some CrossFit competitions again.

5. What would you say to someone that's hesitant about trying functional fitness? I always tell people DO NOT FEEL INTIMIDATED!! There are members at all levels of fitness and you will never get where you want to be by making excuses! We all started somewhere to get to where we are now.

For example, I never quit coming to the gym after my knee surgery. There were lots of movements I had to modify or change completely but the coaches were glad to help me figure it out. You always fail if you never try.

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