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January Athlete of the Month- Jen Lockwood

January 20, 2017
  1. What made you want to start Crossfit?

My husband Craig suggested that we try Crossfit

I knew nothing about the sport at the time, which CLDJENROWwas probably a good thing.  I thought that “Crossfit” was just a brand name of an ordinary gym – like Planet Fitness.  Boy was I wrong!

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first wod? 

Craig and I did our first WOD together. After the WOD, I remember thinking three things: 1. I’m pretty much a member of Seal Team 6 now  2. Craig looks like he’s going to die, and 3. We really need keep doing this, because we are in horrible shape.

  1. What do you enjoy most about crossfit?

Before joining Crossfit – my workouts consisted of brisk walks on a treadmill. Boring.

I love that every day the workouts are different and target completely different muscles than the day before.  I also love the comradery with my fellow Crossfitters.  There is something about pushing your body to the limit with other people that somehow forges great friendships.

  1. What is your proudest crossfit moment?

I think I was most proud when I ran my first mile without walking.  I hadn’t run a mile since I was in high school, and there I was running a mile, albeit a very slow one. Since that day, I have gone on to run the Falmouth Road Race and countless other  5ks including Falmouth’s Relay Marathon.  I never would have been able to do that prior to joining CrossFit.

5.What are your crossfit goals?  How close are you to reaching them?

My Crossfit goals are to consistently show up, do an unassisted pull-up, and string together double- unders.  I’m planning on reaching my goals this year!

  1. What impact has crossfit had on you in and out of the gym?

Crossfit has changed my life.  Inside the gym, my confidence has blossomed.  Now, I’m willing to try heavier lifts.  I’m constantly amazed at what my body can do when I push myself.  This carries over into my everyday life too.  Crossfit has given me the confidence to leave a stressful job and find my dream job, to sign up for various road races, and to realize that the sky is the limit – no matter how old I am.  Crossfit reminds me that you can do anything – with consistent hard work.

But the most valuable thing that I’ve gained from Crossfit are the friendships that I have made.  I have the privilege to become friends with some of the most talented, funny, and genuinely kind people I’ve ever met.

  1. What is your favorite movement/ least favorite movement?

My favorite movement is the front squat – my least favorite movement is the overhead squat.  To me, overhead squats are like Algebra – I’m never going to use them in real life.

  1. Freewrite:

When new members at the box ask me how long I’ve been doing Crossfit, I’m always embarrassed to answer them.  I’ve been going to C3 on and off for the past four years.  But you would never know that watching me scale many of the movements.  The main reason I wasn’t seeing great strides at the gym was because I didn’t incorporate one major ingredient for success – consistency.

That changed seven months ago. During the past seven months, I have been going to C3 without fail.  That includes days I don’t “feel like it” or days when I was too tired, or insert any other excuse here.

During these last seven months – I have been consistent with my nutrition and workouts and something wonderful has happened.  I have lost 35 pounds and 7 inches off my waist. Each week, I’m getting stronger and faster, and I’ve PR’d more than I have in the last four years.  The most important thing that Crossfit has taught me is that consistency equals success.  Always.

   

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