Being the rookie on the team isn’t always the most attractive of positions. There is the intimidation of being the new kid and wondering how you will fit in with the rest of the team. There is the hype to deal with, the questions to answer, and ultimately there are the people questioning why you were given this opportunity and wondering how you will react. Being the new kid can be intimidating. I, however, am right where I want to be. BEAST has been very welcoming to me and I am thankful for all they have to offer. I’m here as a part of BEAST sports, not because I am the strongest, the fittest, or the fastest. No, I’m here because of my work ethic, the progress I have already made, and the potential for greatness I possess. I am 170 pounds of determination and I pride myself in my habit of always finishing what it is I start. Originally from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, I am currently enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota. I plan to major in either Neuroscience or Biochemistry and am hoping to continue onto Pharmacy school after my undergraduate studies. When I am not studying or working out, I can be found in the library studying some more. Seriously, although I sometimes feel that my college life is made up almost entirely of studying, I also find time to make it home for hunting and fishing seasons, and occasionally make it home to watch my brother play hockey on my old hockey team. On campus I am actively involved in the Greek community and enjoy the time I spend with my Fraternity brothers. I am twenty years old and like most twenty year olds I have lofty goals. As much of a cliché as it may be, I share the same goal of nearly every athlete in the world; to be respected enough for my fitness and training to be featured on a magazine cover. However, my ultimate goal and main focus is one day being awarded the title of “Fittest Man on Earth”. I am a very patient man and I understand that this is nothing that can be accomplished overnight. I plan to compete in other related competitions before I specialize and become surrounded by CrossFit. I think it is important, especially at this stage in my life, to stay well rounded. That being said I have set three goals for myself for 2012. My goals are to compete in and finish a 50-mile ultra marathon, finish a 5k in fewer than nineteen and a half minutes, and dead lift 450 pounds at least once. Although these goals are not remarkable they are all obtainable and will all test my body in different ways. I am very excited to be a part of BEAST Sports and look forward to sharing my experiences. I love hearing from all of my supporters and would love to answer any questions they may have. Please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to reply in a timely fashion. Never quit, Jack Jack Burdick is majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and along with his weightlifting workouts, he competes in marathons and ultra-marathons (50 mile races) and is looking to earn a Cross-Fit title or to be recognized with The World's Fittest Man title which is reserved for an ultra endurance power athlete.