Congratulations to our March 2020 Athlete-of-the-Month, Jenny Grosche! We sat down with Jenny to ask her about her CrossFit experiences…
CFFC: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Jenny: I am married to my amazing husband Paul and we have a blended family made up of three crazy children, Jackson (14), Savanna (12), and Caroline (11), and two dogs Lola (9) and Denver (2). I am a training and adoption lead for a technology company called ServiceNow. Before changing careers in 2017, I was a middle school science teacher at Gresham Middle School for 15 years and had the pleasure of teaching several fellow crossfiters children.
CFFC: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?
Jenny: This is my second experience with CFFC. I orginally joined in 2016 and joined again in May 2019.
CFFC: WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Jenny: I initially joined when CFFC offered an introductory 4 week class the Summer of 2016. Anyone who knows me knows I am extremely competitive and loves a challenge. Since joining again in 2019, that has not changed. I still love pushing myself and could probably stand to push myself a little more. It keeps me motivated and extremely humble.
CFFC: WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
Jenny: That I had no clue about the correct technique for weightlifting movements and that people always doubt they can do something until they put their mind to it!
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
Jenny: I don’t really have a proudest moment. I’m just proud that I finish the workouts on a daily basis without injury.
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?
Jenny: Favorite would be Deadlifts, KB swings, Push Presses, Rowing, and Skiing. Least Favorite would be running. I am always complaining when we have to run but, it did motivate me to run my first 5K this year!
CFFC: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
Jenny: I love the community and socialization aspects. You always have someone in your corner!
CFFC: WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
Jenny: CrossFit keeps me motivated to continue to improve my health and show my children the importance for being active.
CFFC: WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
Jenny: I would love to improve my mobility and range of motion in wall balls and squats. I am extremely limited due to issues with my knee. I will continue to do my best with the workouts, event if I have to modify movements so that I can be successful and still get a great workout. I’m just taking each workout one day at a time.
CFFC: WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
Jenny: I love to travel, visit breweries, hang out with friends and family, and anything involving the water!
CFFC: WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
Jenny: Try to find someone in class who you are comparable with or who is better than you and work out with them or pace yourself with them to keep yourself motivated.
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?
Jenny: I actually feel like I eat more now than I did before starting CrossFit again. I try to eat a high protein diet with lots of veggies. I definitely have room to work on my diet!
CFFC: RESULTS! TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESULTS!!
Jenny: I have definitely become stronger and continue to build stamina for cardio. Did I mention I hate running? I would like to thank the CFFC Coaches and Community for the constant encouragement day in and day out during workouts and afterwards. It keeps me extremely motivated and I couldn’t push my body the way I do without it!