Get To Know Jo Lynn Hovde

Jo Lynn has such a great outlook on long-term health and fitness that I know you can relate to.  Read on to get to know Jo Lynn Hovde!

What do you do for a living?

I am an RN at OMC working in the ER and also work there as a supervisor. 

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

I like playing softball, water sports, and being outside and finding new adventures.

What made you decide to try Progression?

I was a member at another CrossFit gym but I wanted more then what they could offer, it was closer to my home and a friend went their and recommended it.

How long have you been at CFP?

Since January 2017.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

At a regular gym I would do mostly cardio, I had no clue what I was doing with weights so I didn’t do much with them plus there was no accountability. Once I started CrossFit at a different gym I love CrossFit but there was a lack in the community and welcoming feel as well as the coach support.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

I can’t say fear, because I knew what I was getting myself into but I was nervous of the new environment and if it was a good move to make the change…. it was definitely a good move. 

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What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

I have so many goals lol. I always push to do better and challenge myself. Some goals are getting stronger in my lifts and until I got injured in February I was working diligently on double-unders, toe to bars and hand stand walks. There are a few people I work out with that inspire me to be better everyday even if I am the “worlds okayest crossfitter” lol.

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

I injured my ankle in February. It has been a slow healing process and I have learned I am not as patient as I thought I was. The injury hast stopped me from going to the gym but it has slowed me down from working on some of my gains. It’s been humbling. 

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

I was the naughty child of 4 when I was younger.  I got my head stuck in a high chair one day chasing my older brother around the house. They had to take the high chair apart to get me out. Apparently I told my mom I would do it again.

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

My favorite piece of advice that I look at regularly comes from a piece paper that is taped to a vent on the ceiling in the big gym. “Speed kills PR’s” at first I hurried to be one of the first to finish the WOD because I thought that’s what strong was. When I started observing, I realized some of the strongest people finish last. So I try to remind myself of that and pick up weights that are going to be challenging for me.

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

My outlook is way more positive. It’s not a cure to workout, it’s part of my routine. I really enjoy doing CrossFit. I don’t have to mentally prepare myself to work out. The environment of Progression in general helps me make healthier nutritional and general choices. 

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

Well I have made many memories with my workout buddies at 7:30pm, they brighten my day and push me to be a better me. I would also have to say my CrossFit competition in Eau Claire in January. I got to know my peers and learned some weakness of mine that helped me create new goals. 

Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?

I have made so many friends, people are so encouraging and nonjudgmental. The Coaches are so invested in the athletes. They are knowledgeable and great at what they do. They help you find ways to work around injuries. It’s an overall positive environment. 

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

You have to fail to succeed so don’t let a failed rep discourage you. Make it a goal. Keep working at it! I learned this the hard way.