Alvin CrossFit

1110 E Highway 6

Alvin, TX 77511-2570

281.940.9859

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Jenn

  1. Hometown?
    Grew up in Pasadena but I’m an Alvin girl now.

  2. Occupation?
    HPD officer

  3. What is your athletic background?
    I was never a team sport player. I rode my bike, swam, and roller skated when I was younger. Piddled around at different gyms over the years, but never stuck with it longer than a few weeks.

  4. How long have you been doing CrossFit and where did you start?
    Four months, right here at ACF!

  5. What did you know about CrossFit before you came in?
    The only people I knew that did CF were super athletic, in shape, and health nuts. After researching online, I realized there were people of all abilities, shapes, and ages doing CF. I liked the “community” aspect, because I knew I needed more guidance than I would get at a regular gym.

  6. Which class time(s) do you attend and how many times a week did you come when you started AND about how many times a week now?
    I started out in the ladies only class, three times a week. I try to make it every day the box is open now, usually at 5:30.

  7. What did you think after your first WOD and/or after your first week?
    Oh boy….after the first week, I was hooked. I was hating life for the first few days because I was so sore, but I knew it would only get better if I kept going. My progress has been made in baby steps, but the first time I ran 400m without stopping was a huge victory to me!

  8. How does CrossFit compare to any other training you’ve done?
    The work is not that different. I’ve lifted weights / run / been to other gyms. The difference is the people and the atmosphere, everyone is helpful and encouraging! I get frustrated with my progress, but only because I want to be better, not because anyone else criticizes me. I love that I can “drop in” at another CF box, and instantly be met with smiles and handshakes. What other gym does that?!

  9. Why did you start?
    My family suffered a traumatic loss in June of 2012, and I knew that it was time to stop putting things off until “later.” It took me a while to take the leap, but I knew I needed to be stronger physically, mentally and spiritually. I knew CF would make me stronger physically, but it has helped me mentally and emotionally, too. I’m a work in progress spiritually, God isn’t finished with me yet!

  10. Why do you keep coming back?
    I come back for the high I get when I finish a tough WOD, for the people that I love to see every day, for the days when I really don’t want to but know I need to, but most of all, I come back for me. I spend most of my time being a mom or being a cop, but this is what I do for ME.

  11. What are your biggest accomplishment(s) or what are you most proud of? Go ahead, brag a little!
    I’ve lost 25 pounds and I’m down 19.5 inches, total. I’ve dropped two sizes in most clothes, and the seamstress in me loves that I can fit into “regular” patterns now. I’m really proud of my handstand, and I’m proud of myself for coming back every day. The very best thing: Being called an athlete, and knowing I’m setting a better example for my kids.

  12. What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
    SLAM BALLS, LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I am chasing the elusive unassisted pull ups, which I also love, but they don’t love me back…yet.

  13. What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
    Wall balls and toes to bar, both require more fluidity and coordination than I have mastered. But I’ll get there!

  14. What are your strengths and weaknesses in CrossFit?
    Strength…pure stubbornness. Weakness…I am slow, and I don’t lift as heavy as some folks, but I am pure stubborn and I WILL finish, even if it’s last.

  15. What are your fitness goals?
    Unassisted pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and yes, there is a number I am looking for on the scale. More importantly, I am looking for a different person in the mirror. I’ll recognize her when I see her.

  16. Have you changed your diet since starting CrossFit?
    I gave up fast food, sodas, and alcohol when I started CF, and I try to make every choice a healthy choice. I avoid processed foods and sweets and try to stick to fresh fruit and veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains.

  17. What is your guilty pleasure/ favorite cheat meal?
    Cheeseburger, fries & root beer.

  18. What is your favorite healthy meal?
    Scrambled eggs with spinach and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

  19. What do you enjoy doing away from the box or tell us something else about yourself?
    I love doing things with my family, like watching my daughter play ball, or taking my son to the movies! My personal passion is sewing and costuming. Wanna see me geek out? Ask me what’s on my sewing table!

  20. Any advice for new members?
    EVERYTHING can be modified or scaled to meet each athlete’s abilities. Keep coming back. Track your progress with measurements and pictures, not just a number on the scale. Make friends, find a buddy, drink the koolaid, jump in with both feet and go hard for at least a month, then look at the progress you’ve made!! I don’t think you will be disappointed….you will be addicted!