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January Athlete of the Month: Jenny Bridwell

When did you start doing CrossFit? 

I started doing Crossfit in August of 2013.  My husband knew Jill and Hunter and worked out with them before they bought Cumming Strength and Fitness.  I was 41 and looking to challenge myself with something new. I was not sure I wanted to share the experience with anyone so I bought a groupon and went to  another gym that was not very educated on Crossfit. I tired it and liked and ended up changing to Cumming Strength and Fitness in October 2013 and have been coming ever since.

Favorite WOD? 

Anything that takes a long time and has running, I like the longer WODS

Least Favorite WOD? 

Anything with heavy weights and no overhead squats or hand stand push ups

Favorite Lift?

Cleans

Least favorite lift? 

Overhead squat

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). 

My greatest accomplishment is raising my two girls along with my husband Shane, nothing has been more challenging or rewarding!  At one point in time I loved corporate life and spent time with Kimberly-Clark selling in their surgical medical division and Astra-Zeneca selling cancer fighting drugs.  I started my corporate life at ADP.  So becoming a stay at mom was a huge challenge in the beginning, I always was goal oriented and driven; raising two girls made me stop and really redefine my goals as an individual and stop looking for instant success and focus on bringing up two girls that could help make a difference in the world.  Our girls are Lauren, 16 and Ally, 14, they both have so much living to do but I love watching them journey through life. Some goals are not realized for a long time, so you need to stop enjoy life and make the most of the journey. That is why I exercise; I need to be around to see my girls along their journey.

What were you doing before CS&F?  

Always a runner, I have run many marathons, even Boston but never felt stronger than when I finished the “Murph” Workout!!

What were your thoughts after your first workout at CS&F? 

 I have no idea how I could be so tired after a 10 minute workout, it killed me!!

What were your goals when joining CS&F?  

To find something that would make me stronger and to continue to keep working out,  running was killing my joints, I needed to find a program that made me want to come and keep me interested.

Have you achieved any of those goals?  

Yes, three years and I still walk through the doors each week, some weeks I an there more than other weeks but I always feel at home when I walk through the doors. I am not  a top athlete but I am always welcomed, encouraged and given another goal to keep striving for. 

Has CS&F affected your life outside the Gym?

Yes, it has given me great friends that I love seeing when I walk through the doors and I always enjoy meeting people that inspire me to keep moving forward.  Being around positive people always moves you forward in life.  It is also amazing how the people in the gym become your friends outside of the gym.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  

Finishing “Murph”  not with a weighted vest and I broke up the movements but at age 45, I ran the two miles, I did a 100 pull ups, 200 push ups and 300 squats.  It was not perfect by any definition but I did finish and it felt amazing!!!! Each year I just want to do as many pull ups as my age, it takes every once of strength I have but it makes me feel so strong.

 

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CS&F?

You just need to keep walking through the doors, don’t compare yourself to others, say hello to others and get to know the community.  Some days you will not feel like doing any of it but I promise someone will lift you up, say hello to you and encourage through the workout even if it is not your best day.

Something you might not know about me is? 

Mark Spitz held me as a baby, I think some of his competitive spirit rubbed off ,  my Dad coached him and 11 other Olympic swimmers and divers in college and they all signed their best wishes to me when I was born. 

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