As a new CrossFit Box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month we will be profiling a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, and cheers everyone on. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone brings all these things to the table, we can only pick one.
Why we chose Jackie: Jackie joined CrossFit Grail the third day we were open. And what makes Jackie amazing is that when she joined, she was already five months pregnant! This fit momma shows up consistently, gives it her all and shows you can work out with intensity and stay fit throughout pregnancy. We have also been lucky to have Jackie’s husband, Rich join the Grail Community as a new CrossFitter! It is such a joy to have Jackie in any class, especially when she brings little toddler, Reese. This is an amazing lady with an amazing family! Here is a little about Jackie in her own words:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in Parker and then moved to Arizona to earn my graphic design degree at Arizona State. After graduation I moved on a whim to New York City, where I worked full-time at a design firm in Manhattan. There, I met my husband Rich watching a Broncos game at a bar that catered to Denver fans. We moved here to Aurora two years ago, and couldn’t be happier to be in beautiful Colorado raising our family. I stay at home with our daughter Reese, and freelance graphic design work on the side. We are expecting our second baby girl this August!
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
After years of not a lot of physical activity I needed something to get me moving again. I walked into my first CrossFit box in Yonkers, New York November 2012 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. During my first week one of the workouts was Karen (150 wallballs). My coach had me use an 8lb ball, and about 30 reps in I was ready to give up, and about 50 reps in I was crying because it was so miserable. One of the best things anyone ever did for me was that day when my coach wouldn’t let me quit. I was still doing wallballs when the next class started, but he pushed me to finish all 150 reps. It felt so great to make it through that workout that it’s motivated me to keep going ever since.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
I played basketball, volleyball and swam in high school, but didn’t do much after that – just gym membership after gym membership that I never got my money’s worth.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
I look at the WOD on the board, think to myself, ‘There’s no way I can do this.’ But being a CrossFitter motivates me to do it anyway, and makes me feel accomplished after the workout. I also like how I can measure my progress.
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
CrossFit introduced me to Paleo, and especially Whole30, which has been a life-changer. Before I had my daughter, a combination of working out and changing my relationship with food helped me lose (and more importantly maintain) 40lbs. Also, working out boosts my energy, which has been especially helpful during my pregnancy.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
After a workout, I’m happier and have more energy. I also like pushing myself to increase my strength and improve my results.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? (in any area of life)
My biggest accomplishment is moving to New York City on my own and establishing my graphic design career.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: I just want to keep going to class consistently, especially as I get closer to my due date. I want to also listen to my body and know when I can push myself and when I need to scale back.
This year: Eat well, have a healthy, happy baby, recover, and get back to CrossFit ASAP.
This lifetime: One day I would love to compete and finish a triathlon.