Get To Know Jenny Schuh

She’s an outdoorsy smarty pants who also appreciates good ice cream.  What’s not to love!?  Read on to get to know Jenny Schuh!

What do you do for a living?

I am a nurse on an orthopedic trauma floor; I care for patients before and after surgery to fix a broken bone.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym? 

I love fishing and playing baseball with my boyfriend and his two boys.  I also love reading, I am currently reading Half Broke Horses which is such a good book.  And I love visiting friends and family in Wisconsin and LA.

What made you decide to try Progression?

I knew Progression organized the Hammer Race, and I knew that a gym that organizes an obstacle course where you run with sledge hammers would be a fun place to be.  So I wanted to join Progression.  Also, I wanted to start to exercise more because I have low bone density and I want to improve by bone density.

How long have you been at Progression? 

Since April 2016.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression? 

In high school I ran track and cross country.  But after high school I did very little exercise.  I ran outside about four time per year.

What was your biggest fear when you started? 

I was afraid of not being able to do the movements, especially barbell movements.  But if a movement is new to you the coaches are so helpful with showing you a scaled version if you need, or teaching you the movement.

Favorite cheat day meal? 

Flapdoodles ice cream and Culvers ice cream.

What’s goal(s) are you currently chasing? 

I want to do a strict pull up.  And I want to run an 8:00 minute mile.

What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment? 

A hard part for me is being more comfortable with some of the barbell movements like snatch and clean & jerk.  Also I struggle with making time to food prep my meals for the week.

What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you? 

I hiked the Grand Canyon last April and it was one of my favorite vacations!

What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or member at Progression? 

During a tough workout one day, Coach Nic yelled out, “it’s just exercise” and I thought to myself, “yea, he’s right; it’s just exercise, I feel great, I can do this”.  So now when I’m working hard during a workout I often think to myself, “it’s just exercise” and it motivates me to keep going.  I also like yelling it to other people who are exercising.

How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since starting at Progression? 

Since starting at Progression I have learned how important nutrition is.  Although I have aways to go on improving my diet, I know that when I eat healthy, I feel so much better and I can workout so much better too.  I eat more veggies, fruit, and protein now than I did before I joined Progression.

What has been your fondest memory during your time at Progression? 

Friday Night Lights was so much fun last year!  I’m looking forward to that again this year.  Also joining the Hammer Race training group was a lot of fun.  This is a group that met to train for the Hammer Race and one of the most fun workouts was we met at Academic Hill and carried kettle bells up and down Academic Hill.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with Progression? 

Because I always get a hard workout when I go to Progression and I could never workout that hard exercising by myself.  The coaches and other people in the class push me to work harder.  I could never work that hard by myself.  Also I keep going to Progression because it teaches me that I can improve; I can get stronger, lift heavier, and run faster.

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining Progression? 

At times you might feel out of your comfort zone but that is good because when you’re out of your comfort zone that is when you are learning and improving.  Also, write down how many pounds you are lifting so that the next time you do that lift, you can lift more.