Jenn Taylor is our October Spotlight Athlete! Jenn decided to add CrossFit to her running routine, 10 months later she is going strong and loving it. Jenn loves starting her day with CrossFit and the energy it gives her. She tells us that she feels the healthiest and strongest than she has ever felt in her life! Jenn ‘survived’ the CrossFit Open and is looking forward to competing in the upcoming 2015 Fall Festivus Games being hosted by your very own CrossFit Sworn. Good luck Jenn, with all the hard work you put in and your ‘can do’ attitude, you will do great! All are welcome to come cheer her on – or better yet join the fun and compete yourself!
CS: Tell us about your life outside the gym.
JT: I am a research faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. I have been married to Zac for over 11 years and we have two daughters – Madie and Parker. Life feels too busy for hobbies right now, but I will never pass down a good book or a gathering with friends and frosty beverages.
CS: What about your athletic experience, including time CrossFitting?
JT: I would not call myself an athlete. I started running in 2006 after I have my first child to lose weight and while I enjoy it, it can get boring at times. In 2014 I had a goal to complete at least one 5k race a month (February was the only month I missed). My husband introduced me to Sworn in November, 2014 where Greg put me through a trial wod and I was signed up for on-ramp the following month. I’ve been here go strong for 10 months now.
CS: What is your favorite move/wod?
JT: I love anything that includes running, deadlifts, cleans, or jerks.
CS: What is your least favorite move/wod?
JT: I hate burpees and wall balls. I am pretty sure they hate me too.
CS: How has CrossFit changed your life?
JT: I feel more determined that I can succeed. I’ve watched the weight on the bar go up and that feels amazing! I look forward to getting my sweat on at Sworn before going to work most mornings. I feel more energized and am probably the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life.
CS: What is your greatest Crossfit accomplishment and future goal?
JT: I survived the Crossfit Open! Those WODs felt extremely challenging and I only had a couple months under my belt. I might have come in dead last in the group, but I had fun giving it my all. I am looking forward to competing in the upcoming Festivus Games. My ultimate goal is to build my strength so I can finally get those pull-ups!
CS: What motivates you to stay fit?
JT: I absolutely love feeling strong – both physically and mentally. There is nothing better for the self-esteem. On top of that, I am being a healthy role model for my girls. My 9 year old already runs faster than I do.
CS: What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting CrossFit or new to CrossFit?
JT: Go for it! It is certainly not easy, but nothing worth doing is easy. J My favorite part of CrossFit is that the slowest members always get the most cheers. I love how the Sworn family motivates each other to succeed. It is amazing what your body can do once your head gets out of the way.
CS: What is something we don’t know about you?
JT: People always get a laugh when they learn that my husband and I met in a mental health hospital in 2002. Fortunately we were both employed by the hospital instead of patients. Oddly enough, the patients must have sensed something because I remember them teasing me about the vibes between Zac and I long before our first date.
CS: If you were not in the gym you would be ?
JT: With Zac and my girls – we are constantly on the move between soccer, ballet, girl scouts (I am the leader for both of my daughters’ troops), and just trying to live life to the fullest.