CrossFit enthusiast and coach; runner; fitness junkie
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