May 2014 Member of the Month: Jen D.
Jen is one of our die hard 6 AMers and with the help of her CrossFit buddy, Melissa, she comes to class 4 or 5 mornings a week. The two came to Cróga about 6 months ago for their first intro class and I think it’s fair to say the rest is history. Jen is one of those people that likes to be prepared, she looks up the WOD every night, watches youtube videos to make sure she knows what movements she’s going to be doing the next day and she’s always ready to rock when the clock beeps 3, 2, 1, GO…
Here’s a little Q&A with Jen:
Dave(D): When did you join Cróga?
Jen(J): September 2013. I convinced my friend Melissa to try it with me. After a very friendly Intro WOD & pep talk by Coach Kelly – we committed to give it a try for a couple months. I actually finished my last intro class before Melissa & tried out a real WOD on my own – how tough could it be right?….oh, the WOD my first real day just happened to be “Kelly”. From that moment on, I am fanatic about checking out the WODs ahead of time & getting mentally prepared via YouTube demos.
D: What were you doing before for fitness?
J: Occasional Jogging, the elliptical trainer & a weekly pilates class. Despite incorporating some fitness activities from time to time, I knew I wanted to be in better shape but wasn’t aware of how out of shape I had accepted being. I now am committed to being strong to do more with & for my family but also to simply get more out of this life. It’s so eye opening to experience how much easier so many aspects of the daily routine are w/ a stronger, fit body.
D: What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
J: I’ve dropped 2 – 3 sizes (depends on the brand) – so officially no “mom jeans” for me now. It’s really cool to see the muscle definition & to simply be more compact. Each WOD I find not only can I do a bit more but I can push a bit harder. There’s a number of skills that I’ve scaled to finally achieve. Those are the best days when all of a sudden your mind and body just pulls it all together & “bam” I can jump on a box, do a pistol or get through a few doubleunders.
D: What’s your favorite WOD?
J: The ones I can put Rx next to my name.
D: What’s your least favorite WOD?
J: Was not a fan of Cindy XXX. Anything with multiple rounds of 400m runs for time. I can jog at a “chit chat” pace for miles. With the sprints, I’m always the “wait for me” girl at the end of the pack.
D: What do you love about CrossFit?
J: It not only trains my body but also my mind. It has made me realize how much more I’m capable of doing either right out of the gate or over time. Most all of which, I never once considered trying on my own. Watching others do these incredible feats makes me want it too & I start envisioning how cool it will be when I get there…because there’s not stalling out at this point. The people I train w/ are really cool. We all know we are walking into a personal physical fitness battle & the camaraderie is awesome. The silence before the WOD clock starts reminds me we are ALL thinking “crap – WTH am I getting myself into”. Then we just go and push ourselves, as well as, each other through. In the end , it’s a round of exasperated smiles, high fives & “see you again tomorrow“. I love it.
D: What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
J: Sweet potato pancakes as the bun for buffalo burgers topped w/ bacon & avocado. My stash of Paleo cook books have been well broken in since doing the Whole 30 in October.
D: What’s your biggest fitness goal for 2014?
J: Mastering Pull ups & ring dips. It’s fun to show my girls that I can do cool tricks on the monkey bars too.
D: What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga CrossFit?
J: Just lock in your time to be there & commit to try it out for a few weeks. You’ll find yourself regretting the days you can’t go. It is so varied that you can rule out getting bored. Everything is scalable – which means you can indeed do EVERYTHING. You will be impressed with how in tune Coach Dave is with your abilities and what he recommends you strive to do. When I’ve wanted to RX but wasn’t sure I could go the full rounds – Coach Brit watched my form & helped talk me through how to break up the rounds so I could complete my goal. It may intimidate but that’s what makes it that much more thrilling at the end. You get to be proud of yourself for trying & many times surprising yourself.
D: 5,000 KB Swings @ 35 lbs or 5,000 20″ Box Jumps?
J: 5000 KB Swings. I would undoubtedly eat it on the 4,999th box jump.
D: Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
J: I’m just really grateful for this CrossFit experience & realization. Sharing it with a good friend from the start has been so cool. It’s been awesome that Melissa was willing to try it out and is equally addicted. Regardless of how many people are in the class, Coach Dave is really attentive and everyone walks away feeling like they were personally trained. The energy of the gym is so positive & encouraging. Thanks to Coach Dave & Coach Kelly for creating such a great gym, community and daily WODs!
With her consistent attendance, preparation and hard work when she’s at the gym, Jen has made some significant physical changes in the last 6 months as well as knocking down PRs & tackling RX’d movements on a regular basis. Next up is her first unassisted pull-up. We know you can do it Jen, keep up the hard work!