So you know those people in your life, that are quiet, dainty, and gentle, yet you know that deep down, they are also bad asses with a lot of spark and a force to be reckoned with? Well that’s Jennifer. She is extremely kind, pleasant to be around, but if you give her a challenge and some dumbbells.. welp, she morphs into BEAST MODE real fast. I’ve had the privilege of coaching this lovely woman for the past 4 years, and I’m so excited to crown her as this month’s member of the month. She is the embodiment of HARD WORK PAYS OFF! Love you Jennifer!
Congrats on being this month’s featured member. Let’s start by establishing your age (just to get these youngins a bit jealous):
Haha. I’m 41, Any Kids? Yes! I have two littles. A 7 year old girl and 5 year old boy. They take up so much of my energy, but as time goes on, they’re really getting better at being self-sufficient.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
I moved to this area about four years ago, and I was looking for a place to get back in shape after having my 2nd baby. I had really stopped working out, and I had belonged to 24 hour fitness gym nearby, but I knew I didn’t want to go back there. I wanted classes, so I went onto Yelp, and KEEN was the first place that I found. I looked at Ankeen’s profile and read her bio, and I got super inspired. I decided to email Ankeen and try it out. That was 2014 – almost 4 years ago actually!
What’s the biggest improvement you’ve seen?
Noticeable strength, hands down. I feel healthier; I feel more active and energized. For me, it’s about feeling healthy and being here long term for my family.
What was your first experience at KEEN?
My first class was the Fran workout, and I should have ran away and never come back. (Attention Reader: The “Fran” workout is considered CrossFit’s most difficult workout around 😳). I came home and was crying from being so tired, but I thought to myself, “hey I got what I asked for”. During the class, I just wanted to get through it, that’s it. But now, I look forward to my workout. This place is a FEMALE POWERHOUSE full of positive energy. Encouragement and good vibes all around. Always.
What’s one of your favorite exercises?
It’s not Fran for sure haha. Probably any kind of upper-body lifting. I’m trying to increase my upper body strength, and I love the Monday circuits, because it gives your whole body a workout all in one night.
Does your husband know how much of a badass you are?
He sure does – I think he notices the extra energy that I have now. Interestingly, the energy I gain from working out consistently has transferred into my household, and creates good vibes in the home. Now that the kids are older, my husband and I make lots of effort to be active outdoors with them.
Do your kids know you’re a badass?
Yes I think they really do. My son is fascinated by me kickboxing on the bag, and honestly I think he likes seeing me beat up that bag. Hmmmm.
What would you say about Ankeen and how does she influence your experience at the gym?
I gotta use that word “POWERHOUSE” again: not only does she talk the talk, she walks the walk. How she trains us, is exactly how she trains herself, so you know you’re getting the real thing. On a personal level, she has given me so much confidence in knowing that I can push through something that is extremely challenging, both mentally and physically. And then seeing you come out of it not only feeling ok, but energized from accomplishing that. It’s magical really.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you?
Well I’m planning to go through the training to become a reserve deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County, and had I never come to KEEN, I wouldn’t even be in the realm of being physically prepared for this. This is a huge goal of mine; I’ve always been fascinated with law enforcement and I’m a lawyer now. The reserve program is something I can do while I continue practicing law as an attorney.
So can you give me a ticket once you’re a deputy?
Hehe no, I’ll most likely be part of the search and rescue teams (that is once I go through the training, graduate and get certified of course)
OK so can you clear a ticket for me?
Um probably not. Haha!
So speaking of being a lawyer, we see you multi-tasking conference calls and roundhouse kicks on the bag. How does that work out for you?
You know it’s all about managing my demanding job, while sticking to my fitness. It’s nice to have tools to be able to plug into work when I need to, remotely, and have an ease of mind that I’m able to fulfill my work duties as well. Usually those multi-tasking events have been during less important calls, let’s leave it at that!
What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try the gym?
Don’t hesitate. Just try a class, and have an open mind. My first class was very tough, but I decided to stick with it. You will get to your own goals as long as you are consistent and preserver.
Any routine outside of the gym that helps you?
I have a protein drink right after the workout, and I can totally see how it helps with muscle recovery. Also stretching is very important – I mean I can’t do the splits or anything, but helps me be more agile in the gym
What is your food indulgence?
Chocolate chip cookies. For sure. I can’t turn down a cookie.
So if I was in a litigation case against you… all I would need to do is bring your some cookies?
Oh ya, I’ll hand over anything you want and settle the case that second.
What’s your jam right now?
I don’t sing well, at all, so I would be dancing. I love any music that makes me feel like I can get up and dance, especially songs from The Weeknd. I love his songs.
I’m in love with this Korean teriyaki chicken place on foothill, called “Chicken Day” – it’s soooo delicious. It’s addicting.