Member Of The Month: January 2018
Name: Jessie Wolfe
Profession: Travel Nurse Recruiter
Member since: September 2016
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A little over a year. I joined last September(ish) and would only go a couple days a week. I would say I got more consistent in about February and really fell in love during the Open.
Were you scared to start CrossFit? If so, what motivated you to start?
I was terrified! I have some friends that are into it and I saw how much they enjoyed it and the changes in their physique. Every day when I would drive home from work I would see Climate and wonder about it. The day I got the courage to reach out to the gym I was partially hoping that no one would respond. Instead the response was in record time and they had me coming for on-boarding a couple hours later. No time for that fear to really kick in and allow me to back out.
Did you have an athletic background before starting CrossFit?
I was always a runner, never spent much time doing any weight training so to say I was green when I started is an understatement.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since beginning CrossFit?
It’s hard to pick one thing because there are so many mini accomplishments along the way. Breaking 200# on my deadlift was pretty great. If I had to pick one though I would say doing Murph. Up until the day I did it I had planned on partnering up and then at the final hour decided to do it on my own. It hurt but thinking about why we do Murph and other hero WODs was humbling. It felt like a physical sacrifice to pay homage to those who have sacrificed so much for our country. Doing Murph felt like earning CrossFit stripes.
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
Toes to Bar! They are my nemesis. Really though it was the first couple months when I felt like a fish out of water. I was constantly more sore and banged up and frustrated that I wasn’t picking things up as quickly as I would have liked. It was hard to have the patience and trust the process.
What time do you usually take classes?
Part of the OG 11:30 crew.
How has CrossFit benefited you outside of the gym physically and/or mentally?
Physically I have never felt stronger. I came into this with a bad back and was scared that because of that I wouldn’t be able to do CrossFit. It has had the opposite effect, my back pain is almost non-existent (unless I use crap form on a deadlift of something that is within my control). The mental changes have been the most impactful for me though. I have always had troubles with anxiety and depression which means I have a voice in my head that is always telling me that I cannot do something or I am not good enough. What I love most about CrossFit is that for 1 hour a day, regardless of where I am at mentally, that voice is silent. Whether it is working on progressions or attempting a PR, the part of my brain that says “I can” is so much louder now than it has ever been. I have found that in the past year, even in my day-to-day, it is easier to listen to the “I can do this” and ignore the rest.
Give us three words that describe you.
Sore, sleepy, snacky
What’s something we may not know about you?
Not sure on this one, I am pretty much an open book. If you want to know something, just ask.
What is your favorite activity outside of the gym?
Golf, I am fully addicted to it.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Lately it’s really simple - crock pot chicken
What is your favorite “cheat” meal?
Where do I start on this one? Pizza, boneless wings, anything pasta, giant juicy cheese burgers, ice cream, candy, cookies, bacon, donuts – basically if it is bad, I probably love it.
If you could master one skill in the gym that you currently don't have, what would it be?
Hmm, can I just say CrossFit? If I could walk in and magically be great at anything gymnasty I would be pretty happy.
What's your favorite movement?
I never thought I would say this but I have learned to like snatches.
What's your least favorite movement?
Solid tie between wall balls and burpees, they are so disrespectful.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit?
Get off the fence! There is a reason why so many people have drank the CrossFit kool-aid. The physical benefits are obvious but beyond that being a part of a community with common interests that consistently cheers each other on is pretty great. Every single movement can be scaled and not one person will judge you if you have to scale. In fact the opposite seems to happen and as you move forward in progressions everyone is there to celebrate with you.