“Keep showing up. CrossFit is hard and can be intimidating at first, but if you just keep showing up and working, it’s unreal what you can accomplish in time and the pay-off is worth it.”
Congratulations to Jamie DeVoe, our October 2020 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with Jamie to learn more about her CrossFit journey.
CFFC: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CFFC?
I started at CFFC in June of 2019 so a little over a year.
CFFC: WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
I started CrossFit with a little motivation from Coach Kelly while we were both in massage school. I’ve continued to come because of the positive community and the accountability that comes with. My motivation has stayed fairly consistent; I wanted to be around good people that will help me from healthier habits that will lead to an overall healthy lifestyle.
CFFC: WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
I’ve learned that if there’s a movement or lift that you dread seeing, you should embrace it and practice it until it’s just another movement in the workouts.
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
Getting my first pull-up EVER last month was a big milestone for me. I have always been an athlete but no matter how fit I was, it was a movement that was out of reach.
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD?
My favorite lift is probably a power clean. It was one of the first movements where I could put speed and strength together and made me feel like a “real CrossFitter.” I’m not a fan of over head squats but I’m putting some work in on them!
CFFC: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
The coaching at CFFC is great! They break everything down for you and give creative alternatives if you don’t have that movement. It’s so encouraging when you’re frustrated with a movement and a coach comes over to offer advice specific to you and where you’re at in your CrossFit journey.
CFFC: WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
When I joined CFFC, I was at the heaviest weight I had been at in my life and the worst shape physically and mentally. I know have more energy in and out of the gym and my endurance as a massage therapist has gone up too!
CFFC: WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
I definitely have a long term goal with an ideal size and weight in mind. In the past few months, I have made huge progress due to watching my diet a little closer and expect to be at my goal in the next 2-3 months.
CFFC: WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
I love going to local breweries and hearing live bands, usually with friends that I’ve made at CFFC! If I’m not there, then I’m all about my two pups and doing things with them.
CFFC: WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?
My go-to fact is that I was president of the Poultry Science Club at the University of Tennessee. It was an extremely eye opening position and I loved it.
CFFC: WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
Keep showing up. CrossFit is hard and can be intimidating at first, but if you just keep showing up and working it’s unreal what you can accomplish in time and the pay-off is worth it.
CFFC: WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?
My diet has changed over that last few months which is actually when I started seeing a big jump in my PR numbers. I count my macros and try to always hit my protein goal which means a lot of chicken, white rice, and tuna. Tuna is probably my go-to fuel because of how lean it is and the packets are super easy to just toss in my bag.
CFFC: ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?
I cannot express how thankful I am for CFFC. I had grown up always being athletic, but when I joined I was probably in the worst shape I had ever been in and was embarrassed and extremely intimidated. Between the coaches and the other athletes being so positive and encouraging, that all went away and I now use it as my safe space.