Tell us about yourself… I was born in Santa Monica, CA. but I was mostly raised in Encinitas, CA. and Vista, CA. My dad is from Wellsville, UT and all my mom’s relatives are from Cache Valley, so we had major ties here; which is so weird that I ended up here. I am the 2nd child of 5 kids. (4 girls and 1 boy). I graduated from high school in 1997, in Vista, CA. but then went up to Ricks College to go to school. (Yes it was called Ricks back then. I am OLD!) I graduated in 1999 from Ricks and then got married that summer, to my husband Matt (who is from River Heights, UT). Then I finished my education up at Utah State and graduated in 2003. I graduated in Secondary Education in English and Health.
Sounds like a sketchy story how I met my husband, but it really isn’t He was on his mission in my hometown of Vista (The Carlsbad, Ca mission) and I met him one time out there. He actually came to my parents house for dinner. Crazy, huh? He had 1 month left on his mission and I was graduated from HS and was headed off to Ricks. Nothing Happened! Don’t get any ideas. I just started dating him when I went to Ricks. I would come to Logan to visit relatives and we would date. And then 1 ½ years later, we were married! We have been married for 13.5 years and have been in Cache Valley the whole time. We have lived in River Heights, Wellsville, some apartments in Logan, and now our 1st house in North Logan. We also have 4 kids, 1 emotional girl and 3 crazy boys. Corey (9), Cade (7), Casen (4), Crew (2). Crazy kids and a LOUD, CRAZY HOUSE!
How were you introduced to Crossfit? Actually from Brett Brunson. He is one of my daughters’ soccer coaches and my husband grew up with him in River Heights. At one of my daughters’ soccer games, he was talking to me and my husband and told us to come try it. Of course I am the only one who came and tried it. And I was HOOKED! I think my husband is SCARED! Now he teases me that it is MAN-AEROBICS. So annoying! It is so not aerobics. Maybe someday I will get him to try it!
What is your Favorite Workout or Lift? They are all pretty painful, but I like all the Tabata Workouts. I also like jump roping (singles), Push Press, deadlifts, and squats/lunges.
What is your favorite skill/movement that you have learned at Crossfit
IOTA? I don’t love ALL the lifts, but just the fact that I can do all the lifts that I use to see all the guys do at the GYM and think they were JUST FOR GUYS! So cool to see all the ladies doing those lifts too. I also like pull ups if I could just get better at those dang things.
How has Crossfit changed your life? I have always loved working out. I love the energy it gives me and that time to myself. But I have never pushed myself as hard as Crossfit pushes me. Crossfit just makes me feel STRONG and makes me feel like I can do anything. Half of these workouts, I would quit, if I was home doing them on my own. But because I am in a gym with a bunch of fun people and the music and the coaches, it pushes me to finish and be more motivated. Plus I have never been a morning person, and I have been forced to wake up early and workout. I never thought I could do that!
What keeps you motivated and coming back for more? It makes my day go by so much better after I workout in the morning. I feel better and I eat better all day! It also changes my body for the better. I see results that I was not seeing before in my other workouts. I keep thinking, during EACH AND EVERY WORKOUT that maybe someday I will have a tight little bootie like I had when I was younger! I also love that the workouts are shorter and does not take up 2-3 hours of my day, but I still see results. I also love the people and the atmosphere. Everyone is so motivating and they believe in me more than I believe in myself. It is the BEST!
What’s something you know now that you wish someone would have said to you when you started Crossfit? I wish someone would have warned me about how addicting it is. That you just want it every day and if you don’t have it that day you are bummed that you missed it. And that Crossfitters can get really annoying to NON- Crossfitters because they JUST LIVE CROSSFIT, BREATHE CROSSFIT, TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT CROSSFIT and annoy all those around them. I have learned this the hard way and have had to tone it down around my husband, friends, and other family members. I think they are just jealous. THEY WANT WHAT WE HAVE! THEY ARE JUST TOO AFRAID TO COME AND TRY IT! Ha! Ha!
One word to describe me would be? My kids said AMAZING and I just laughed. My husband would say PAIN IN THE A**. I would say FUN! I know that is such a boring word. But I love being in social settings with friends and family, laughing and telling funny stories. I am pretty adaptable too. I can adapt to almost any situation and still make it fun… unless I am cold and tired and hungry! OK I am a PAIN IN THE BUTT!
I have always wanted to….. Take a trip to New York and see some Broadway shows with my mom and sisters. Also I want to take a trip to Europe sometime, but my husband has no interest in going. He is all about the Tropical Places. Also I would love to go on a cruise with my kids, but when they are older and can wipe their own booties! And I would love to go to that place with all the cute little huts on the water…BORA BORA I think?
Outside of the gym, I like to….. Play with my kids, go shopping, get together with my siblings, go shopping, go on trips with my husband, go shopping, bike, go on girl trips, watch my favorite TV Shows with my husband…right now Nashville, Parenthood, Hawaii 5-0, and Revolution. Oh and did I mention Shopping. I love Fashion and I love dressing up my kiddos. It is an obsession!
Three things you would always find in my fridge….. Milk, yogurt, cheese and OJ. (Sorry that was 4)
Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me….. I was a cheerleader in high school for 4 years and I was on the gymnastics team for one year, but I sucked at that! I am the least graceful person you will ever meet. That did not work out so great for me! Our coach was in desperate need for a team and I could do a back handspring, so I made the Team! Lucky me!
I also love to dance, not graceful jazz style dancing, just free-style club dancing. Whatever you call it! I always dreamed of being a backup dancer for someone famous, but living in Logan, I had some real connections. So because I love to dance, but have no outlet, I just dance around the house with my kids. They are probably embarrassed of me, but too bad!
Favorite physical activity outside of CFI….. I love biking; mountain biking and road biking. Never have loved running, but I love walking the hills in my neighborhood. Love WALKS! And I also love snowboarding, just don’t get to go as much as I would like!
Favorite place to eat in Cache Valley….. Ooh that’s a tie. I love the chips and Salsa and Diet Coke at Chillis. But I also love the Mild Salsa and chips at Café Sabor. Ooh and the Spinach artichoke dip at Café Sabor is to die for and OH SO FATTENING! I love all the Real Healthy Stuff.
Song(s) that gets me pumped up for a workout? Anything that has a good beat to it. All the teeny bopper music they play on 94.5. Love it all! Not a huge fan of the 80’s, 90’s hard metal rock. Just doesn’t pump me up!
The last thing I ate was…… A bowl of chili and cheese for dinner last night!
My proudest accomplishment is…. Graduating college and My Family! Also surviving life with my 4 crazy kids. I love my kiddos even though they wear me out!
My six month goal is….. To get my husband to come with me at least one time and get HOOKED! I also want to be able to do REAL PULL-UPS with no band. I would also say to learn to do doubles, but I don’t mind singles. Is that bad to say? All that whipping my legs, in trying to do doubles, just doesn’t seem worth it!
My favorite workout attire is…… My black yoga pants and a tank top.
My favorite workout partner(s) …. The 6:15 AM class. Love you guys! And I love Camille Martindale. She has always been my little cheerleader. Always believing I can do more than I believe I can do. I guess short people just bond! Thanks GIRL!
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself what would the workout be? Perfect Morning with JEN
Wake-up about 8:30 AM
Have a light breakfast of OJ and bacon.
Take a 30 minute walk up the hills in my neighborhood .
Then come back and do….
100 Push ups
50 pull-ups…..All while dancing in between reps to teeny bopper music
This is why I don’t make up the workouts!