Jenny, her husband Pat, and daughter Amber started with us soon after we moved to the new gym. I remember thinking how great it was they were doing this as a family, but also knowing how busy they all were wondered when they would find the time! I’m very happy they all decided to stay with us. Jenny is hands down one of the hardest working people I know. She often stays after WODs and does accessory work or works on technique, form or new movements.
How long have you been CrossFitting?I started CrossFitting about six years ago.
How did you start?My daughter has a friend who had tried CrossFit and told her it was fun. She wanted to try it and asked me to go with her. I already belonged to a gym, but I would do anything for my daughter. So, we went, and my husband came as well. I remember that our “try it out” WOD was a Vegas (card game WOD) which was a lot of fun. I was not convinced it was for me until at least six months in – I was intimidated by not knowing what the WOD was going to be and by the number of things I had to modify. But I kept going, often with my daughter, but many times without. It started out as three times a week and now I go five or six times a week.
What is your favorite movement or workout?I know that everyone will expect me to say burpees and I do like them because they are one of the few movements I can do well. Any movement that does not require technique is a favorite!! From a WOD perspective, I am not sure why, but I really like “31 Heroes”. I have done it every year – with my daughter, or gym friend or my husband. The first time I had to sub the rope climb because I could not do one. The last time – I did 22 rope climbs. I always feel very accomplished afterwards and like I have paid tribute to the 31.
What’s your most challenging movement or workout?There are many but DUs are perhaps the movement that frustrates me the most. I have been practicing them for the last six years and I am still not confident to do them consistently (or at all) in a WOD.
What do you love about it?Our gym is just such a great community. Everyone is encouraging and motivating. I never feel intimidated or that someone will not want to work out with me. I think we all care about each other and enjoy working out together. The variety of the workouts is also great. So, different from the typical gym. And I love telling the people I work with that I was flipping tires or pushing a sled. They get a kick out of it.
What can you do today that you couldn’t do before CrossFit, or what do you do better?There are many things that I never even tried before CrossFit. Being able to do pull ups both strict and kipping is one of the accomplishments that I am proud of. Also, a handstand, which I could not do even when I was a kid. Currently, working on HSPU (handstand push-ups). Hope to master those next.
What is your occupation?I am a VP of Finance at Paychex.
Does CrossFit ever make your job easier?Definitely. I have a fair amount of responsibility at a large company. It can be stressful at times. CrossFit always helps me take my mind off work issues, helps me put things in perspective and gives me the energy to keep going.
Do you have any CFF ‘memorable’ moments?Some of the most memorable are doing things with the CFF members outside of the gym – Boulder Beast, Bristol ropes course, Segahunda trail race, happy hours, parties, etc. Also, my burpee birthday WOD. I know everyone loved that!
Do you have other hobbies or activities?Yoga. Drinking good wine and eating good food. Which is one of the reasons I keep doing CrossFit.
What advice would you give to a brand-new CrossFit Fairport member?Just keep coming and learning. You can modify without shame at CrossFit Fairport. I wish that I had found CrossFit when I was in my 20’s. Of course, I don’t think it was even invented that long ago.