MANASQUAN — Skip Chapman’s crossfit gym business began with a serious martial arts injury.

“I had my own house in Point Pleasant,” Chapman said. “I had a bad fall and blew my shoulder on the mat while training. It was a level five fracture. The doctors told me they seriously doubted I would practice again. martial arts.

“That was the last thing I wanted to hear,” Chapman said. “I did a lot of research on how to fix that injury and recover, and I found this new form of fitness called crossfit training. I started doing that and eventually my shoulder healed and regained its strength. I thought to myself, “If I can achieve these kinds of results, why can’t other people in the same situation do the same? This is how JSA CrossFit was born.

Chapman got his work ethic from his father, who put in many hours at his job to support his family.

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“My dad worked long hours,” Chapman said. “He left at 4:30 in the morning and did not return until 7 in the evening. I watched him work so hard and be so exhausted, and I remember being so proud of him, but also so careful not to repeat his mistakes. He traveled to town by train and worked as a factory manager for a company that made dyes for different ceramics and objects.

“He’s done that pretty much my whole life,” Chapman said. “He worked five days a week and really made an effort to take care of all of us. He gave a great example of what it was like to work hard. Growing up in this environment, I knew I wanted to emulate it, but I also wanted to make sure I had time for my own family.

From the log to aikido

Chapman held several jobs at a young age to put money in his pocket. He served tables, did retail, and even helped run a log flume on the boardwalk, spacing out the boats so they didn’t collide as they rolled down the slide. He took the job seriously.

“For a teenager, these were fun jobs and good starting points to work more seriously as I progressed through this period of my life,” Chapman said. “People could count on me and I learned to be a hard worker and not to do stupid things. I liked it and made a lot of money.

Skip Chapman, owner of JSA CrossFit, leads a workout of the day class at JSA CrossFit in Manasquan, NJ on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

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“For a teenager, these were fun jobs and good starting points to work more seriously as I progressed through this period of my life,” Chapman said. “People could count on me and I learned to be a hard worker and not to do stupid things. I liked it and made a lot of money.

As he got older, Chapman worked a few other odd jobs, including winters at a car wash, which was not one of his favorites.

“It was pretty brutal,” Chapman said. “I was constantly covered in water and the water was always freezing due to the outside temperature. I also had tons of diapers on me which really weighed me down. not very fun at all.

“As a teenager, I developed an interest in a form of martial arts called aikido,” Chapman said. “It’s basically self-defense, whereas most other martial arts are offensive. It involves a lot of wrist locks and throws. I liked how traditional it was and started doing it. do when I was 19. I went head first and really enjoyed it from the start.

JSA CrossFit members complete a daily class workout at JSA CrossFit in Manasquan, NJ on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Chapman had access to many of the original teachers of the martial art. “I had the opportunity to research them and learn more directly from the source,” Chapman said. “Many of these teachers were on the surrounding East Coast, in places like Philadelphia and New York. I wanted to continue my training in this way and it worked in my favor. I wanted it to be authentic and not feel watered down in any way.

“I made it a point to always stay in touch with these coaches and I kept showing up time and time again,” Chapman said. “It eventually benefited me, as I was able to travel across the country and the world, training with these dedicated people. I was literally able to go to Japan, France, Spain and even Thailand. I did this for 18 years of my life. It was my mission. »

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Reconcile your passions

Then, Chapman injured his shoulder during a martial arts exercise. But he refused to go quietly and looked for ways to repair the injury. He stumbled across online crossfit training, and not only healed his injury, but enjoyed it enough to want to do it full-time, creating JSA CrossFit, which stands for Jersey Strength and Athletics.

“In 2006 I opened JSA CrossFit in Point Pleasant, and after being there for a while, I moved to Manasquan in 2012,” Chapman said. “Upon opening, I decided to combine martial arts training with crossfit fitness training. I have found they go hand in hand and people love coming to try both. I took the two passions, I put them together and I lived well.

“After the opener we started off slow, but we started picking up the pace as we went,” Chapman said. “We would have a program for older children and when parents came to drop off and pick up their children, they would see the fitness part of the room. They were intrigued by it, so they tried it and loved it. After getting results, they would spread the word to their friends. Some time passed and we started to grow.

The Brick's Mary Barraud holds a straight arm plank during a day class workout at JSA CrossFit in Manasquan, NJ on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

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Crossfit is the majority of what Chapman offers, designed to be functional fitness for everyone.

“We all have different mixes of people and everyone appreciates what we have to offer,” Chapman said. “We pride ourselves on aiming to teach all demographics, whether it’s crossfit or martial arts. We certainly have something for everyone and we try to get all customers to get the most out of the services we provide. We want to educate everyone in the martial arts space and the crossfit space. It’s about having fun and staying fit.

“We’re really looking to try to be a place where everyone can come and feel comfortable with their workouts,” Chapman said. “We are truly proud of our community for their continued support of our business. We want to give back and continue to be available for all ages and fitness levels. It is about preserving our mental and physical health.

JSA CrossFit

Owner: Skip Chapman

Location: 187 Parker Avenue, Manasquan

Call: 732-965-2006

Website: www.jsacrossfit.com

Hours: 5:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., 33:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; 5:15 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays; 5:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday