JB: think the physical changes are obvious for most CrossFitters. In the words of Daft Punk I’ve gotten harder, better, faster, stronger. What I didn’t expect is the mental changes to bleed over into other aspects of my life. I go into each workout with a hopeful optimism that I’ll succeed or at least push myself harder than I did yesterday. I find that when I reach an obstacle in my professional life, I’ve begun to apply that same approach. CrossFit has made a very positive impact on my life and I’m much more aware that you can always achieve more than you think is possible.
I always like to remind my boyfriend (he’s 6’4” and 210 pounds) that I could probably back squat him out of a burning building if he needed it. He hasn’t let me practice with him yet, but I think deep down he feels safer when I’m around.
I love the variety of work outs and that you target every part of your body. Additionally, I’ve gained confidence in my weight lifting abilities. It can be daunting to try a new lift at a big gym while everyone judges your form, so I like the freedom of lifting weights with the trainers and learning alongside everyone else. It’s also nice to push through really tough workouts with the other people. After the last rep or round you just look at someone else and you don’t even have to say anything, we both know we got our butts kicked! #worthit
CF&F: When is a time that you wanted to quit?
JB: My first few workouts were incredibly frustrating. I couldn’t get any of the major lifts down, whether it was a snatch, a squat, a clean, you name it and I couldn’t do it right. It was very aggravating not being able to jump in with the rest of the group, but I think it’s really important that the trainers start you from the basics and build upon it. I would probably be in a full body cast if they didn’t step in and teach me step by step and practice. I was definitely my own worst enemy at the beginning.
JB Extra Fun Facts: I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes while speaking Mandarin Chinese. Top that, Austen!