September's Member of the Month is one of our members who has followed our journey all the way from Tom's Garage! Jess is proof that showing up day in and day out yields constant improvements in the CrossFit world. Congrats Jess and we are so happy to have you along for the ride!
Tells us about yourself (family, schooling, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
I am a mental health therapist but more importantly I'm a wife and the proud mom to two
When did you start doing CrossFit?
My neighbors Tom and Tanya asked Mitch and I to join the 5AM group in their garage. That was in August, four years ago. Maybe five now. I can't remember, I haven't looked back.
What is your favorite movement and/or benchmark workout?
I love those movements that I'm best at I guess....double unders! I have always liked jump roping. I like pull ups too, although I'm always sore the next day. My favorite lift is probably the power clean.
What has been your biggest struggle?
My biggest struggle is making it to the gym as often as I want. Life sometimes gets in the way. My boys come first and their schedules are crazy. I try to commit to certain days for the week and run outside those other times. I try to not beat myself up about it. At least I'm not sitting on the couch, right???
What has been your biggest improvement?
Snatches and overhead squats. I struggle with those being over my head. This year I finally had enough confidence to put weight on my bar. It might not seem like much but huge for me.
What goals are you currently chasing?
Continued confidence in lifting-whether that's improving my technique or adding weight.
If you could design a workout, what would it be?
Power cleans, push ups, pull ups, double unders, maybe some running.
What is your favorite outfit to WOD in?
T-shirt and capris.
How often do you talk about CrossFit?
All the time. I like that I'm setting a good example for my boys. They can't wait to become members some day. Cole was so excited for me that I received this honor. He's my biggest fan.
Burpees: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
LOVE 'EM! I did complete the 100 day burpee challenge this year. You learn to embrace them after all that!!
Do you have a favorite story about the Coop?
I remember one blizzardy early morning when we were in the Foundry. We weren't supposed to park on the street, but some of us did. The police gave out parking tickets! I can't believe we went out in that weather to work out...that's true dedication.
What advice would you give a new PCC member?
Stick with it. The biggest hurdle you ever face is getting yourself to the gym. No one ever regrets that decision. I never thought I could do workouts like this. It is such a great feeling at the end of workout to look back on what you accomplished. I feel lucky and privileged every day to be part of something like The Coop. The people here are so supportive and encouraging. It's one of a kind.