March "Athlete Spotlight"

CF231 is proud to "Spotlight" member

Jen Battaglini

 

If you attend the 4 or 5 pm class at CF231 you will probably see Jen B there.   While warming up Jen is quite social, you will hear her exchanging stories of the day or week. However, once the workout approaches you see a change in Jen. She becomes highly focused and begins serious preparation for what is to come. Although she came to us as an athlete, we have seen great progress in Jen’s strength, flexibility and stamina. Her barbell movements are technically sound which has allowed her to hit a number of PR’s in the last few months. Jen is always looking to improve herself and yes she will be getting that strict pull-up real soon. We are very lucky to Jen as a member of our CF231 family.

Get to know Jen a little better by looking over this interview………………..

Family

My husband Kevin and I have 3 children, Emily, Hanna, and Bradley. We are pretty excited as a family because Hanna qualified for states in track and field. The state meet was March 4th in Staten Island. 

What is your occupation?

I was formerly an accountant, I am currently a pre-school teacher

How long have you been CrossFitting?

Its been two years

What brought you to CF231?

I wanted to experience Crossfit, however it was Kerri Sanchez who talked me into giving it a try.

What was your first impression of CrossFit after your first “real” wod.

I felt it was very challenging and I like the competitive aspect. You are competing against the clock and yourself. I liked the varied movements.

What makes CF231 special to you.

The people, it’s a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. Everyone is encouraging, and we all seem to be connected. There is a real social aspect to CrossFit which I really like.

Favorite movements?

I like rope climbing and back squats

Least favorite movement?

Right now its probably a strict pull=up because I can’t do one. But I’m working on it.

 What movements would make up your favorite WOD?

I think they would be box jumps, wall balls and some type of sprint (100-200m)

What motivates you to keep coming back each day?

I just love working out, I’ve always been active its part of who I am.

What has been the most challenging part of your CrossFit journey?

I think it’s barbell work. As a College athlete (women’s sports) we never trained with weights, it was running push ups sit ups, more body weight exercises. Picking up the bar is new to me, I making progress, getting more comfortable with the movements.

Short term goals?

As I said looking for that strict pull-up

Long term goals?

Keep conscious of the connection between nutrition and exercise. The Paleo challenge made me very aware of what I put into my body. I’d like to keep up the good nutritional habits of the 30-day challenge. I love cookies and sweets that’s the challenge.

What/Who motivates or inspires you?

Believe it was  Mookie Wilson of the 69’ NY Mets. He was the Met centerfielder and I was a centerfielder. I just loved the way he approached the game. I just remember how much fun it was to watch him play……(she was very very young in "69)

Favorite Quote?

Simply put one word “Hustle”. I think what ever you do you have to do with a little “jump in your step”. You hustle through a workout; you push yourself each time.

Have you made any changes in your diet or workouts that have been the most successful?

The Paleo challenge made me aware of what I had been putting in my body. I now limit the processed food and sugars.

Favorite Cheat Meal?

I love Mexican

What are your hobbies?

I really like running and I’m a big reader. Reading the the “Shack” right now

Something no one at the gym knows about you?

I run a non-profit dance program. I hate to admit this I have no rhythm; I can’t really dance.

Advice for a new member or someone thinking of trying CrossFit?

Stick with it, you will be sore because you are using muscles you haven’t used in a while. Once you get over the “new soreness” you will love it.

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