Jenee: The Feeling After Completing Workouts Is Amazing. I Feel Like If I Can Do What I Just Did Then I Can Do Anything
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Occupation: Clinical Social Worker
When did you first start CrossFitting:
When did you first start training at CrossFit Prelude:
I really like Olympic weightlifting movements.
Least Favorite WOD/Movement:
Any workout involving burpees!!!!
Tell us about you sports; fitness; and/or life background:
I’ve played sports all my life starting at a young age. Softball was something I excelled in. I travelled up and down the East and West coast playing softball competitively from middle school through High School. I was recruited by D1, 2, and 3 schools and chose a small Division 3 school in North Carolina because I wanted to focus on my academics and needed a smaller school environment. Athletically, I started every game all 4 years, broke/set a lot of records and won some cool awards too including Woman of the Year for the entire USA South Conference. I also was able to discover what I wanted to do in life besides play sports. I knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t sure in which capacity. Following college, I joined the Peace Corps and went to Costa Rica to work in a Youth and Families program, which was life changing. After that experience I knew I wanted to give back to my community and those most in need and pursued a career in social work.
What is your “Something Better” that you hope to achieve with CrossFit Prelude:
I hope to be able to get better (more endurance/faster) with running. It is something I have always been challenged by and just want to improve.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel:
I was new to the neighborhood and was looking for a place to workout that was close by. I found CrossFit Prelude by doing a Google search and I was so nervous to begin! My brother had participated in CrossFit in NYC, and had good things to say about it, but it’s a whole different story when you’re the person actually experiencing it. I don’t remember much about the first workout except there were wall balls, among other things which at the time seemed hard. I remember thinking, “Oh my God I am going to die!” and “I can’t breathe” and something like “Why did I join?” Everyone was super encouraging and nice. It felt so challenging so, I took breaks as I needed, went at my own pace, and finished the workout. The feeling after completion was amazing. I felt like if I can do what I just did then I can do anything, right?
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit (before/after):
Prior to beginning CrossFit I wasn’t doing any physical activity and it had been that way for about 6 months. I had transitioned to a different phase in my life (new job/house/dog), and I’m embarrassed to say I was using the excuse of, “I’m just so busy/adjusting and I’ll start something tomorrow”. Now that I’ve been CrossFitting or about 6 months, I feel stronger than when I started. My arms and legs are toning and becoming more defined and my weight is more consistent and under control. I’m also able to push myself way past limits I had set for myself, which is enhancing and expanding my mental and emotional well-being.
What keeps you coming back. What motivates and inspires you:
I keep coming back to Prelude because I thrive off of competition and want to keep improving in CrossFit. I also keep coming back because the non-fitness related benefits are amazing! The coaches and community of members are a pleasure to be around…we’re like our own family. Prelude is definitely a hidden gem and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I weren’t a member. I am motivated by my faith, which is a huge source of inspiration for me because religion plays an important role in my life. I’m also inspired by people. The human spirit is a beautiful concept full of resilience and valuable life lessons. I strongly believe that you can learn/improve a lot about yourself through genuine interactions with others.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit Prelude moments:
The socials that I have attended outside of the gym have been great, also the 4th of July park workout was really fun.
Any advice for people just getting started:
Just keep showing up…I promise it gets better each day and you won’t regret it!