Jessica is a spunky, super nerd that you’ll love getting to know.  And she’s a morning crew chick!  Enjoy…

What do you do for a living?

I am a fourth grade teacher at Bamber Valley Elementary.

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

Work?  Because that is what I am usually doing!  Um, otherwise I love traveling, going to concerts, and adventuring.  Watching football, reading, and eating all the food are up there too.

What made you decide to try Progression?

Bradley James Russell.  When we were in the market for a new gym, Brad, Ryan, and I tried one out together.  When we came to Progression we were impressed by the professionalism and high standards set by the staff.  But it was a team decision by the three of us.  All in.

How long have you been at CFP?

A year and a half.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

I have dabbled in other gyms, the RAC, Workout World, the Y, and always thought I hated working out.  Then when we started doing CrossFit at Epitome, I realized I loved working out (even if I swear at the coaches… a lot).  Progression helped take me to the next level of enjoying the work, but wanting to get better every day.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

Hitting myself with a barbell!  I am still kind of scared of that but now that I have done it numerous times, it is not that scary.

Favorite cheat day meal?

All.  The.  Food.  I will seriously eat anything and everything.  I will definitely track down some donuts and be having a few good IPA’s.

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

Chasing?  More like pondering… I would love to be able to handstand walk and nail doubleunders, and probably to increase my snatch.

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

I am my own worst enemy.  Self doubt and counter productive behavior hold me back.

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

Heheheh…. oh, so many things!  Um… I have 2 master’s degrees and am working on my National Board Certification to become a nationally recognized teacher.  I am a super nerd.

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

Try harder.  Add more weight.  Run faster.  Nicole and Joe don’t let me stay in my comfort zone.

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

I love being pushed to be sore the next day.  I used to take that s a need to rest, now I know that is me getting stronger.  Now I want that feeling all the time.

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

Women’s WOD and Wine last year and the Turkey Throwdown.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with Progression?

5 am crew.  Hands down.

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

We are all in this together.  You might think you are the only one that feels like you are dying, but we all are, (during a WOD).  People are self conscious about how hard something is to them compare to others, CrossFit is hard for everyone, otherwise you are not doing it right.