Jamie, December 2012

The December Rogue of the Month is Jamie!


Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living

I grew up in Ashland and have lived in the Rogue Valley for a large majority of my life. My husband Chris and I have been married 19 years and have two teenagers, a son Bailey and a daughter, Courtney. They are both involved in sports and keep us very busy, but we enjoy every minute of it! I have worked as an Escrow Officer in Ashland closing real estate transactions for the past 10 years. My job allows me the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and there is never a dull moment.

How long have you been CrossFitting? How did you hear about RVCF?

I started going to Rogue Valley CrossFit last December. My friend Ali (who is now a coach at RVCF) had been going for a few months and then my friend (and co-worker) Melissa started going in November and finally talked me into giving it a try. She didn’t tell me how addicting it would be! I started 12 weeks after I had broken my ankle and although I was a little nervous to try a box jump at first, I quickly overcame that fear.

What training did you do before CrossFit?

I had been going to a local BootCamp for a year and a half before CrossFit and before that was a member at a gym. I have always loved spending time outdoors hiking, walking or running. (Yes Jake, I do run sometimes, but it’s usually 3 miles or less.) Growing up, I ran sprints and did long jump on my track team and have always loved softball and volleyball.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?

I honestly feel like I am in the best shape of my life. The combination of cardio and weights at CrossFit is just right. Lifting heavier weights is an essential part of building muscle tone, which helps your boost your metabolism. Since the workouts are always varied, I never get bored and always look forward to reading what the next WOD will be. I have modified my diet to eat more protein, fruits and veggies after attending the “Whole 30” informational class that was put on at RVCF. I’m glad to set a healthy example of diet and exercise for my family. Also, I really value all of the friendships and the camaraderie with the other members and coaches at the gym. Having them there to cheer you on and complete the WOD is invaluable. Most importantly, CrossFit has helped me learn that what may seem insurmountable now can eventually be attained.

What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?

I remember we were doing a really long WOD (Whitten) and it was 5 rounds total. I was feeling exhausted halfway through the WOD and Coach Kelly was doing it right in front of me, only he had to use the 70 lb. kettlebell. I looked at him and said I don’t know if I’m going to be able to finish and he was told me something like “don’t listen to that voice inside you, just do one rep at a time”. Seeing Kelly swing the kettlebell that was twice as heavy as mine, I knew I would eventually get through it.

More recently, there was a WOD involving 85 pound thrusters (50 of them to be exact). I thought there was no way I could do it at that weight at the beginning, but after I tried it at 75 pounds, Jake said that looked easy. So, I gave 85 pounds a try and although it was very slow, I completed it. Jake encouraged me throughout the workout and told me to just do one at a time and take a rest if I needed in between lifts. He knew I could do it from the beginning, but without him pushing me, I would have just been content with the lower weight.

What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?

I really like Grace (30 Clean and Jerks) and completed it at 85 pounds the last time. I’m hoping I can do it at the prescribed weight of 95 pounds the next time. Also, I like handstand push ups, toes to bar or anything that works your abs. I’m hoping to be able to master double unders and butterfly pull ups in the near future.

Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?

Yes, lots!! Here is my top ten in no particular order:

1) If you haven’t tried CrossFit, what are you waiting for? Don’t give in to excuses and just give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

2) Don’t think you need to start working out and get into shape before you start CrossFit. Everyone starts somewhere and the workouts can be scaled to everyone’s fitness level and ability.

3) Commit to going at least 3-4 times a week if you want to see results.

4) Download an App (myWOD® is great) to keep track of your progress so you can see how far you’ve come and set goals for your next WOD.

5) Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do the movements at the beginning. Practice makes perfect.

6) Listen to the coaches and don’t be afraid to at least try a heavier weight.

7) Get your “ass to the grass” on squats.

8) Learn to love 80’s “Hair Band” music. There are no special requests, so don’t ask for “Call Me Maybe” or any Britney, although sometimes Ali sneaks in some JLO from time to time.

9) Wear lifting gloves for cleans, jerks, snatches and deadlifts if you have tender hands.

10) Wear long socks on days where the WOD includes Box Jumps, Cleans or Dead lifts. Your legs will thank you for it. Cute long socks can be purchased at Target for only $2.50 per pair or 5 for $10.00.

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