Athlete Profile: Jennifer F.
ATHLETE PROFILE: Jennifer F.
Hometown: Marina del Rey
Occupation: PR Executive
When did you first start CrossFitting?: June, 2007
When did you first start training at CFLA?: June, 2007
Favorite WOD:None of them, and all of them
Least Favorite WOD: anything with an OHS
Tell us about you sports & fitness background: Big participant as a kid- I played softball, soccer, swam on the swim team, you name it. Always in last place. Didn’t want to keep score but loved the activity, the orange slices at soccer practice etc. Gained a lot of weight up and down during college (please don’t make me show you the photos) and got stuck in a serious carb addiction. Convinced myself that endless hours on the treadmill was proper pennance. Kept eating frozen yogurt in desperate belief during the snackwells era.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? My friend who was dating a firefighter in training in 2007 become buff seemingly overnight -and of course I just HAD to ask. She meekly said “oh I’m taking these exercise classes, wanna come?” Well that was almost 5 years ago and to say I am hooked is a bit of an understatement. I went and never stopped, except for late stages of my pregnancy (1st!) and my radiation treatments for breast cancer. My first WOD made ALL of my childhood self talk very loud: “YOU”RE A DORK! YOU CAN”T DO THIS! and YOU SHOULDN”T BE HERE!”. The first few months were brutal – I felt like I had the flu, I had to justify my “crazy” new gym to everyone around me (yes, those were the days when virtually NO one had heard of crossfit). It wasn’t pleasant, which was my first hint at how powerful it was. I had NO idea how handy the Crossfit ability to strenghten the mind would be in the coming years…but so glad I did!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Hard to list just here. Went from the doughy sugar and carb junkie I was to one where I can acutally see abs…Since joining CF I have lost 20 lbs total, permanently, I might add, run over 10 10Ks (formerly thought this was absolutely not possible), and am training for my first marathon (LA – March). Crossfit enabled me to transform myself completely into an actual athlete – not something I thought was even remotely possible. Am I an olympic athlete? No. but I have the mindset, perseverance and attitude of one. My greatest love of Crossfit has nothing to do with sweat – it’s the community of accountablity, love and security I have known over the years and what they have offered to ME that has enabled me to live the life of my dreams.This ain’t a gym people!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year – I thought I was the healthiest person out there- how could this have happened. Crossfit taught me the mental toughness to proceed through duress and I managed to never see my illness as an enemy. I continued to crossfit here and there throughout my treatment and I am 100 percent sure my 4+ years of crossfitting prior helped add to my fast recovery (even my DOCTOR thinks so).
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Most of them, but most specifically, one that has nothing to do with burpees, Fran or the timeclock. A few years ago my beloved and first dog India died. I had to put her to sleep – one of the most devastating days of my life. I dragged myself to the gym that week in an attempt to cheer me up. Darn! The WOD was a 5K around town. In my distressed and distracted state I got lost, and as it got darker and darker I just stopped and started crying. Stanwyck came and picked me up in his jeep and brought me home and gave me a big hug – one I desperately needed at the time. He never mentioned it again but it made a huge impact that night and I’ll never forget it. That’s CFLA for you in a nutshell.
Any advice for people just getting started? “Don’t think too much.
It will hurt.
If this were easy, everyone would do it.
Find one of us oldtimers and ask for advice or support.
Think twice before giving up – this could be the most important thing you ever do.
And DRINK WATER!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Social media is my career, my hobby and a major interest. I LOVE reading and sharing ideas and am an entrepreneur. I’m also a mom, so I’m interested in talking to moms who crossfit.