Your PCC coaches voted and Jerusha was August's Coop Member of the Month! Congrats, Jerusha!
Tell us about yourself!
I live in Portage with my husband Nate and our 3 children. I enjoy traveling, cooking, hiking, music and of course, coffee. I am a partner in the Percolator Coffee House and you can find me there, dazzling people with our exceptional lattes, most days of the week.
Earlier this spring I decided to go for a "run" with my 13 year old son. After about 1/4 mile, Jeremy was literally running circles around me (I have the pictures to prove it). I made it through a mile, but thought I was going to die. It was a while before I ran again. I joined CrossFit in May of this year.... without my knowledge or consent. I think my husband got sick of me whining about fitness (LOL) and signed me up for a fundamentals class with Ben. I showed up because I was already scheduled and I didn't want to inconvenience the coach teaching the beginners class, hah hah!
What is your favorite movement and/or benchmark workout?
My favorite WODs tend to involve KB swings, Back Squats and Box Jumps. I also love the core workouts. I have so much respect for the coaches at the COOP and can see how much care and effort they put into every WOD they teach.
What has been your biggest struggle?
The first few weeks I felt like Bambi on opening day. I wanted to run away at all costs. My biggest struggle has been getting over psyching myself out before every work out and forcing Jerusha to just show up to the gym. That is the hardest part. Once I'm there, the team efforts, the encouragement and the fear of looking like a wuss pretty much keep me moving forward. When I joined I was out of shape and completely intimidated, but the coaches seemed to believe in me, and that helped me believe in myself.
What has been your biggest improvement?
I am vastly improved in the area of burpees. I could barely finish 5 when I first started. It's easy to gain strength with the lifting and even with the cardio routines. However, burpees are like the spawn of Satan and to conquer them is to conquer hell itself. Ok, I may be a bit sarcastic about Burpees...but I am amazed at how I can crank them out. It may be at a snails pace, but I can crank them out. I have had to tell myself that my only competition is the person inside my head who wants to quit. If I don't stop, then I win!
How often do you talk about CrossFit?
Now that I've been going regularly for 4 months I have noticed a huge change in my energy levels, confidence and determination. I'm stronger and I'm happier. It's a massive stress reliever to be able to check out of the real world for an hour and focus on fitness. Because of this I tend to talk a lot about CrossFit. I'm a walking billboard. I want to encourage everyone to try it.
What advice would you give a new PCC member?
The four things that held me back before are answered with this fitness model. 1. Accountability. 2. Workouts are pre-planned, there is not guesswork. 3. Team atmosphere and encouragement. 4. A coach at every session with personalized tips. With all these wonderful pieces to the fitness puzzle, the only way I could fail is if I chose to slack off and not show up.