“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” 

Body Helix Brand Ambassadors embody this quote.  Our ambassador program supports athletes of all sports and all ages that strive to make injury prevention and injury management a part of their everyday routine.  To learn more about becoming a Body Helix Ambassador, click here!

Jen Turner
CrossFit enthusiast and coach; runner; fitness junkie

Sometimes when you're injured, it's easy to just focus on what you can't do, rather than the fact you just can't... for now. For months I said
Sometimes when you're injured, it's easy to just focus on what you can't do, rather than the fact you just can't... for now. For months I said "I can't do that. Can't use my right arm... can't touch a barbell... can't row... can't do pull-ups." I got used to being #ScaledAF at everything. But I stuck with it, did my single arm thrusters, goblet squats, split squats, KB deadlifts, assault bike, whatever I could to just.keep.moving and remain part of the community. That is one of the many things about @crossfit that I love- it is infinitely scaleable! Eventually 1 week post op turned into 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months. And here we are. All the accessory work, all the horrible workouts biking instead of rowing, all the frustration is gone. And I get to say I got through it and learned more. I am 10x more comfortable catching a clean in the squat than before. My deadlifts are stronger because my posterior chain got a lot of attention during my recovery, which means I am protecting a pretty fickle low back. I feel better able to coach athletes that are injured or otherwise limited from doing certain movement patterns. And I know I have the foundation to just keep building, growing, and getting stronger. Setbacks are temporary unless you spend all your time stuck on the "I can't." I'm glad my "I can't... right now" list is getting shorter every day. Clean complexes from one month ago (55#) to this week (115#). Still a long way to go, but enjoying the process. #crossfit #fitmom #fitnessfriday #suastrong #labrumtear #rehab #bodyhelix #feels

Jen earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she was a member of the varsity swim team and on the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times. She went on to earn a JD from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. While at Emory she began running marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She has since given up running 50+ miles per week in favor of 8 minute CrossFit workouts or Flywheel classes.

Jen is currently a Corporate Compliance manager for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and coaches at CrossFit Bullpen in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband reside in Raleigh with their three small children. 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

I sort of dabble in sports, lol! I was a swimmer and runner growing up, and eventually swam Division 1 for Duke. I gave up swimming after graduation but really amped up my long distance running, eventually completing 8 marathons and twice as many half marathons. Then babies came along and I turned 30. My body started getting beat up. I began dabbling in triathlon which I really enjoyed. After a spinal injury, I turned to indoor cycling and I still do it from time to time. CrossFit has become my real love though.

What do you love most about your sport?

I love that I can do different workouts every day. Some days are strength, some are gymnastics, some are endurance. My running background comes in handy for sure, though I definifely wish I were a gymnast too! That is definitely my weakness. I also really love that as a woman in CrossFit, you can truly focus on what your body can DO, rather than how it looks. I spent so many years wrapped up in this ideal body image that is ridiculous and does not equate to strength or happiness. Now my focus is on performing to the best of my abilities each day, improving, and of course, setting a great example for my kids.  

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love my Full Knee Helix compression sleeves for squatting, and the Full Calf Helix compression sleeves for rope climbs and running.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

I want to stay healthy/injury-free first and foremost. But beyond that, I would like to keep learning how to push my body beyond any level I thought was ever possible. My stretch goal, which would require an incalculable amount of dedication, smart training, and sacrifice, is to compete in the CrossFit Games as a Master’s Athlete once I am 40, so I still have “plenty” of time to get there. 

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you? 

“Decide what to be and go be it.” -The Avett Brothers

Mike Taubman
Avid Runner

Mike has been running and competing in athletics since the young age of 16. Mike works as a Sports Development Officer for Pendle Leisure Trust in East Lancashire.

 

Memorable athletics achievements include:

  • Jersey Island Games 100m Finalist 2015
  • Jersey Island Games 200m Semi-finalist 2015
  • Lancashire 100m Silver Medallist 2015
  • Lancashire 200m Silver Medallist 2015
  • Inter Counties 100m and 200m 2014 representing Lancashire Athletics
  • Lancashire 100m Champion 2014
  • Lancashire 200m Bronze Medallist 2014
  • Mid-Lancashire 100m Silver Medallist 2013
  • Mid-Lancashire 200m Silver Medallist 2013

What do you love most about your sport?

I love the therapeutic feelings and release I get from just running and training. The athletics track doesn’t judge, pressure or criticize. Athletics is an individual sport and it’s up to you to do the hard work and get the results. Athletics is so diverse and I love that too. Hearing the philosophies the different athletes have from 100m sprinter to 10k runner, javelin thrower to race walker about training and competitions is so educational, I’m continually leaning.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I have used the Knee Helix for years and always used it while training on the track, absolutely love it and it’s been a phenomenal aid. I’ve also started with the Full Knee Helix for Olympic lifts as I feel it gives great support and stability. (please include product page links)

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

This past year has been tough with injury so I’d like to stay fit and healthy for the upcoming season. There is a competition next summer the Gibraltar Island Games 2019, where every two years thousands of athletes from across the globe from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic to the Caribbean come together to compete across multiple sports including athletics, swimming, tennis, gymnastics and many more. I would love to compete at this again previously competing at the 2015 Games in Jersey. Representing the Isle of Man is always a passionate and an honourable experience and one I’d love to continue with.

shaun northrup
avid runner

In the past several years, Shaun has completed 29 half marathons and two marathons. He is a member of the 100 Half Marathons Club and has recently registered for his first Spartan race.

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Having been active my entire youth, playing baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and running track, I wanted to avoid falling into the 9 to 5 sedentary office routine. I turned my focus onto running.

What do you love most about your sport?

Peace of mind. Competition with myself. Always trying to achieve the next level.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love the Patella Helix compression sleeve. I recently tried the Thigh Helix because of some hamstring issues and I am enjoying it.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

To stay healthy. To continue to better myself and to push myself to the next level.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“HHH: Head. Heart. Hustle.”

“Train your mind and your feet will follow.”

ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) | runner | tennis player | yogi | orange theory fitness enthusiast

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

I have played tennis for as long as I can remember (probably pushing 35 years at this point). I was a competitive junior tennis player and played college tennis at Washington State University.

Earlier this year I completed my first half marathon—and although I don’t particularly love the (length of) training runs, I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the race, supportive running community, and the mental and physical challenge of completing 13.1. I would label myself a “beginner” runner and am a member of Oiselle Volee.

I also have become a fan in the last year of Orangetheory Fitness—and go to that 4-5 days a week.

I am also an amateur yogini. Love all types of yoga, but in particular in the hot room.

What do you love most about your sport?

Tennis: it’s never easy and it’s such a combination of mental and physical. It also has provided me with so many opportunities: two degrees, my career, lifelong friends, unreal memories!

Running: I’m not very good at it, so it’s an amazing challenge.

OTF: Toughest workout out there for me—and time efficient. As a mom with two little kids, time efficient is KEY! I love the camaraderie of the location I go to and the coaches there and HR monitoring keeps me pushing my upper limits.

Yoga: Makes you go inside and be in touch with your body. I LOVE the hot room as the heat is therapeutic and I find it is easier for me (a less than naturally flexible person) to ease into some of the more challenging poses.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love my Patella Helixes!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Keep stretching my upper limits—especially as I get older—while still being kind to my body and investing in physical and mental recovery. ?

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman who teaches by being.”
-Maya Angelou

Myron Thurston
Runner/Triathlete

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

I have been a runner for almost 3 years. When I first started running I weighed more than 300 pounds and I have lost nearly 100 pounds all together. Running has changed my life over the last three years. I am now training for an Olympic distance triathlon and the training for that has been as difficult as the training for my first marathon which was the Chicago Marathon in 2018.

What do you love most about your sport?
You are only competing against yourself and your time. I will never win a big race as I am not fast enough but I can continue to do better and improve my times in each race. I have run 8 half marathons now with varying degrees of success along with the marathon and many other races. I can actually feel my body getting ready for a race as I go through the training. My favorite part about the sport is the fact that I can push my body past what I would have thought possible and that the hours and hours I put into training has a direct impact on how well the race will go.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?
Full calf helix compression sleeve

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?
I want to continue to improve. I have run thousands of miles in training to get ready for all the races I have run and now I will need to put in miles on the bike and in the pool to get ready for my first triathlon in July. I just want to continue to see how far I can push myself and I am confident that I can accomplish things I never thought were possible.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Sills

‘What seems impossible today will one day be your warm up” – Unknown