Summer is flying by as another month has come and gone already. The other side of that coin means that we have a new member of the month to recognize. As we stated the month before, we like to recognize people in our community who have not only been working really hard in the gym but maybe have something that you can relate to as well and pull inspiration from.
The July member of the month is Jenn Mitchell. In her own words Jenn was a competitive athlete growing up, but the responsibilities that come with having a young family limited her time to devote to her own fitness. When Jenn came to us she had little to no training years under her belt when it came to any sort of resistance training. Like anyone else unfamiliar with weights when she began was a bit tentative. But, she was also eager to learn and works extremely hard to improve upon her weaknesses and has grown leaps and bounds in those areas.
When Jenn first started I wouldn't say, unlike her brother-in-law to be Owen she had the Crossfit bug from the start. But, slowly it grew on her, moving from 2x to 3x a week and now full out coming as much as she possibly can, and now also getting her kids involved as well.
Jenn is always a smiling and pleasant face to have in the gym and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of our community. Congrats Jenn!!
Q + A below
1. How long have you been doing Crossfit?
Transition was my first introduction to Crossfit about 10 months ago.
2. Name your favourite/least favourite movements?
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but now that we have completed the wendler cycle I’m actually
starting to like all of the movements. I like some more than others but I can now appreciate them
all… all that is except for running in any way, shape, or form.
Movements that are my least favourite are only my least favourite because I can’t do them well –
strict press, pull-ups, handstand push-ups and overhead squats.
3. What are the biggest changes that you have noticed since you joined Transition Crossfit?
When my bother-in-law Owen finally talked me into going to the foundation classes I really had no
idea the positive impact that crossfit and the coaching staff at Transition would have on me. I had
played competitive sports for most of my life, but after having kids the closest thing I got to working
out was me and Jillian Michaels rockin’ it out in my basement during the kids naps. Jillian just wasn’t
cutting it anymore and I was looking for something that would challenge me both physically and
mentally. After a few months at Transition it was the mental changes that were the most
noticeable… I was happier. I actually want to wake up at 6am to go to a class because when I get
home I’m ready to tackle whatever the day is going to throw at me. I’m a better mom and partner
and, in my world, that’s really all that matters.
4. Favourite benchmark workout.
I don’t think I have one. Paul would probably say it’s because I’m talking too much to remember the
names of any workouts. He might be right…
5. Name three goals or weaknesses that you would like to improve on in the next 3/6/12 months.
3 months - Focus on my technique so I can start lift the weight that Boss keeps telling me I should ;)
6 months – Pull-ups and handstand push-ups
12 months – complete workouts at, or close to, RX standards
Jenn with one of her little rugrats Keelan