Meet Jeanye, AKA J1 or Mad-Dog. She’s been at CrossFit Waxahachie since before it was CFW. In fact she was the very first person to willingly let me train her with full on CrossFit methods. I still remember her first Fran. She did PVC pipe thrusters and jumping pull ups on the old rusty bridge at Chapman Park. It seems like yesterday and eons ago at the same time. But enough of me talking, I asked her a few questions so sit back and check out more about my friend, J1:
When did you start CrossFit?
I started working out with BFC Bootcamp in June of 2009. I started doing CrossFit right after Chris said, “Let’s start doing CrossFit for real.” I think it was May 2010.
Describe your first experience with CrossFit.
I remember a lot of stomach aches on the way to the workouts. And I remember looking at Chris like he was crazy when he would tell me what we were going to do. I remember trying to do a push jerk very early on, missing the lift and hurting my wrist trying to catch the weight instead of dropping it. Looking back I’m amazed that I kept coming back for more. But I did. I think it was the fact that no matter what I couldn’t do, I would still do as much as I could, which always turned out to be more than I could have imagined.
What brought you to CrossFit?
Midlife crisis? 🙂
What keeps you going with it?
I love the community. I love feeling strong. I love challenging myself in ways that are just plain crazy. I love that Superman and I can workout together and both of us get what we need from the workout. I love the encouragement from the other CrossFitters. I love the Coach! I love the fun!
What are some of your accomplishments so far?
I’ve lost about 25 pounds and 2 sizes. (3 sizes if you count my skinny jeans!); I can string 24 double unders! I am CrossFit Level 1 Certified and CrossFit Kids Certified. I have a 190# DL PR. And I can now put weight over my head without crying. 🙂
What goals do you have going forward?
My goals include showing up, working hard and having as much fun as possible for as long as possible.
Who are your role models or what motivates you?
My mom and dad are without a doubt my role models. They have taught me how important family is and what unconditional love looks like.
What is your favorite exercise?
I love Deadlifts. We should definitely do more deadlifting!
It was hard to choose just one. I love that each workout is different. But if I had to choose one I would go with Linda, aka 3 Bars of Death – but only if Coach lets me finish!
Least favorite exercise?
Jumping on or in or over things.
Worst workout you ever did?
It’s a toss up between Seven Rounds of Hell (That’s what I named it.) and 400m lunges.
What motivates you during a workout?
I definitely enjoy working out with a group of folks who are encouraging me and are working hard themselves. I try to think positive thoughts and use mantras like “You are strong!” or “You can totally do this!”
If you had to pick one thing to eat at every meal, from now until forever what would it be?
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad from Cheesecake Factory. (You didn’t specify Paleo!)
If you could become one animal what would it be?
Something that runs fast. I would love to know what that feels like. 🙂
Will CrossFit be a part of your life for years to come?
To quote Jenna Grace, “Heck to the yes!”
What advice can you give everyone out there?
Put your heart in it!
Describe yourself in 5 words: Superman-loving, Life-Coaching, Food-Evangelizing, Mad-dog CrossFitter! (from Chris- I’m not sure if that’s 4 or 9?)