Jenn Kowalska is a girl you may have noticed not talking a big talk, but walking a big walk. She joined us this past Fall as a “transplant” from another CF Gym and she has fallen into our community like she has been here for years already. She has a smiling face that you can’t miss and a work ethic that is admired.
Jenn has made friends quickly because she is easy to talk to, funny, and great to joke around with. Jenn also has a determination in her work ethic that we love seeing our athletes. She’s willing to work hard because she has goals for herself.
She just recently took on the 6-week Muscle Up Accessory Program to help work towards her first muscle up (just in time for the open!). We know she’ll crush the program just like she’s been crushing all of her workouts.
Keep it up Jenn! We love having you as a part of the #ocffam
Get to know Jenn!
1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in January 2013. At the time, I was dating someone and we were discussing about joining a gym together and training for the upcoming softball season. I remember one of my friends would always talk about CrossFit and how I should give it a try because it’s fun and it would help me build strength, maintain or improve my endurance while helping me train for all my half marathons/marathons that I used to run.
I brought up the idea of CrossFit to my boyfriend at the time, and he was all for it. We googled some boxes near us and reached out to them for more info. I originally started at CrossFit Enclave in Dundee. I was there from January – April 2013. We decided that we could probably do some workouts at home and save money. That failed. I trained a lot of the time on my own after that, mostly body weight stuff. Fast forward to January 2014, I decided I would rejoin CrossFit Enclave because I realized that CrossFit helps me stay more consistent with weight training, building muscle and strength while also being my stress reliever. Since then I have moved a couple times and have changed boxes twice. I will admit having to change boxes isn’t easy, but I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to have access to a CrossFit gym and continue on with what helps me be a healthier and happier person.
2. What time of day do you come in?
I try to make it in at 5:15 am usually; however, with the holidays and work load at the office, I’ve been coming in at 6:30 pm more recently.
3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
Squats and wall balls are my favorite!
Thrusters kill me…. I’ll take burpees over thrusters.
4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
I have a few. Getting some handstand push-ups or walks would be awesome, also a muscle up. Would love to be able to string a few movements like t2b and double unders.
Last, but not least, perhaps partake in a weightlifting competition.
5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why. (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
My biggest inspiration comes from all the athlete’s I am surrounded by. I absolutely love watching everyone come in and put in the work and make progress, whether big or small, you never give up. Some of you have injuries, yet you don’t stop, you don’t give up just because of one set back. The energy, determination and excitement from everyone is so contagious it truly pushes me to celebrate victory and never give up.
6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I absolutely love to bake from scratch, whether its bread, cookies or cupcakes.
I’m not a fan of cooking.
7. You were left on a deserted island. What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc...) would you want to be left with you?
Hmmm….. one food.... that’s a tough one, but Lara Bars have become one of my favorite on the go snacks recently so we will go with that. I feel like I could never get sick of them.
A notebook and pen, I love to write and doodle.
8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
CrossFit has helped me become more consistent with working out and taking care of my health. It has helped me become more comfortable in my skin and become more confident. It pushes me to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to be a better version of myself in the world.
9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
I have gained a lot of strength and endurance over the years. It’s a different workout than I was used to. I have always been a runner, and still enjoy it from time to time. Running has definitely helped me with the pacing part of CrossFit workouts, but you add in weights with endurance, holy smokes….. it’s a whole other level and I love it!
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