Athlete of the Month: Janet Jennings

Birthday: 12/12/57 (This December my birthday will be on 12/12/12!)

CrossFit Birthday: Sometime in May 2 years ago

How did you hear about CrossFit? Shelley Noyce talked me into going and I will always remember my first workout. It was five rounds of something and the only ones doing the WOD were Shelley and myself. So 3-2-1 go – and after three rounds of trying to keep up with Shelley (which is what I thought I was supposed to do) I died. I quickly learned don’t try to keep up with Shelley!!!

Favorite/least favorite movements or workouts? Probably my least favorite movement is the burpee.

What movement or skill were you most excited about when you were able to do it? The first thing I mastered that I couldn’t believe I could ever achieve was the rope climb. I still have trouble believing I can climb the rope. The next skill that I am slowly gaining mastery over is kipping pullups. I really thought that might be one I will never quite get but I have actually done three WODs with pullups and no band!!

How has CrossFit changed your life? It has changed my life in so many ways. The obvious ones are strength and fitness but the one that probably is most important is confidence. I believe in myself and my capabilities more than I ever have. To be 54 years old and still be able to accomplish things that I have never tried before is exciting and rewarding. To feel fit and strong at this age is an amazing thing.

Family info: Husband Bob who also enjoys Crossfit. Two sons, Tom – 27 is head pro at a tennis facility in Cedar Rapids and Dan – 25 is a relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins.

What affect has CrossFit had on your relationship with Bob and your 2 very athletic sons? It has been a lot of fun to Crossfit with Bob both here and in Florida. I have had several people say how neat they think it is that we are able to Crossfit together. As for our sons I believe that they will end up Crossfitting themselves someday. Dan has had a Marlins trainer who was Crossfit trained that incorporated a lot of WOD type workouts into the Marlins spring training regiment. Tom and his girlfriend Kaci have been looking into finding a Crossfit gym to fit into their schedules.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is intimidated (either because of age or gender or lack of weight training experience, etc) about giving CrossFit a try? I tell people all the time that Crossfit can work for anyone. Especially at 515 where they scale the workouts so everyone can quickly figure out what works for them for each WOD. It is the best and fastest way to get into shape and stay that way.

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