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Jen Turner
CrossFit enthusiast and coach; runner; fitness junkie

I have been an athlete most of my life. I was a Division 1 athlete, a slightly above - average marathon runner, and a devotee of boot camp in the late 2000's. But I didn't discover @crossfit until 2013, after I watched @mvcrawfordrise kill the Zig Zag Sprint @crossfitgames. It was love at first squat. My only regret was that I didn't try it out back in 2008 when @gtoddgosnell opened his affiliate! I have had a lot more downs than ups over the years, thanks to accumulated overuse injuries from my teen years, but no matter my physical condition, CrossFit is infinitely scalable and the community is second to none. I love doing something my kids, and in particular, my girls, can do. They can see what it is like to be a strong woman, and they don't have to worry if they are tall enough, thin enough, or pretty enough, something I constantly bothered myself with well into my 20's. I also love that there are people of all ages and abilities out there, including other strong mama friends with THREE kids crushing it. And aside from @daninicolern, I think they all started Crossfit in their 30's and after having all their kids (or close to it). Cc: @sarahwloyola, @balazaro and @christav1. We are all at different places in our journey but regardless, they are all #fitspo to me. And no doubt, to their kids and members of their communities. So thank you ladies, and thanks to the many athletes who inspire me daily @crossfit_suasponte, whether they are taking one of my classes or working out alongside me. 
#feelings #motherrunner #fitnessfriday #fitmom #crossfit #suastrong #kettlebells #momswholift #strongisbeautiful
I have been an athlete most of my life. I was a Division 1 athlete, a slightly above - average marathon runner, and a devotee of boot camp in the late 2000's. But I didn't discover @crossfit until 2013, after I watched @mvcrawfordrise kill the Zig Zag Sprint @crossfitgames. It was love at first squat. My only regret was that I didn't try it out back in 2008 when @gtoddgosnell opened his affiliate! I have had a lot more downs than ups over the years, thanks to accumulated overuse injuries from my teen years, but no matter my physical condition, CrossFit is infinitely scalable and the community is second to none. I love doing something my kids, and in particular, my girls, can do. They can see what it is like to be a strong woman, and they don't have to worry if they are tall enough, thin enough, or pretty enough, something I constantly bothered myself with well into my 20's. I also love that there are people of all ages and abilities out there, including other strong mama friends with THREE kids crushing it. And aside from @daninicolern, I think they all started Crossfit in their 30's and after having all their kids (or close to it). Cc: @sarahwloyola, @balazaro and @christav1. We are all at different places in our journey but regardless, they are all #fitspo to me. And no doubt, to their kids and members of their communities. So thank you ladies, and thanks to the many athletes who inspire me daily @crossfit_suasponte, whether they are taking one of my classes or working out alongside me. #feelings #motherrunner #fitnessfriday #fitmom #crossfit #suastrong #kettlebells #momswholift #strongisbeautiful
One day she was nouvelle vie, all fresh and tiny, barely 6 pounds... and the next, she is hours from five. A sometimes raging ball of energy, as inquisitive, thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent, and loving as any child I've ever met. Some of you may enjoy your kids aging. You may hate the newborn phase, breastfeeding, the terrible twos, potty training, teething, lugging a 38 lb diaper bag, whatever. Not me. While I struggled mightily with the newborn days, I loved being the mother to a baby once we passed those early months. And now, I have an incredibly hard time watching these kids get older, despite the fact they are turning into these amazing little people. Watching your kids age is like being on the outside of your own life looking in, watching yourself age. It's jarring. It is a painful reminder of how fleeting time is. I no longer say
One day she was nouvelle vie, all fresh and tiny, barely 6 pounds... and the next, she is hours from five. A sometimes raging ball of energy, as inquisitive, thoughtful, sensitive, intelligent, and loving as any child I've ever met. Some of you may enjoy your kids aging. You may hate the newborn phase, breastfeeding, the terrible twos, potty training, teething, lugging a 38 lb diaper bag, whatever. Not me. While I struggled mightily with the newborn days, I loved being the mother to a baby once we passed those early months. And now, I have an incredibly hard time watching these kids get older, despite the fact they are turning into these amazing little people. Watching your kids age is like being on the outside of your own life looking in, watching yourself age. It's jarring. It is a painful reminder of how fleeting time is. I no longer say "ugh I can't wait until Friday" whenever Monday rolls around. I don't want to wish my life away, and I don't want to wish my childrens' lives away. I want to encapsulate them, smell their baby hair, hear their toddler giggles forever... And yeah, I selfishly don't want to feel my knees crackle with every squat, I am reluctant to get the reading glasses that are impending, I'd like to never receive a mailing from the AARP no matter how sweet the deals are. But missing those things also means my kids never get to fall in love, have careers, raise kids (if they so choose), binge watch the best shows, or buy a Tesla. It also means I'd never get to own a Tesla because children are damn expensive, but maybe one day. So I will do my best to stop fighting the march of time. I'll try with all my might to live in the moment. To take more mental snapshots of the cute/witty/bastardly things they say, their curls after a bath, sounding out letters while learning to read, and the daily crayon-drawn portraits of me. They deserve that. They deserve to be both little and big. #inmyfeelings #thirdbaby #birthdaygirl #cocoloco #five #myheart #keepgrowing #momproblems

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