My name is Jen and I recently moved to the area to work as a Medical Technologist at UW Health. I love working in the lab learning more about the human body every day. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, rock climbing, and I’m starting to learn new recipes so cooking is becoming a fun hobby as well. I joined a CrossFit gym when I was living in Illinois and found that when I was at CrossFit, I was achieving fitness goals that I could never achieve on my own. I loved having the community and accountability of my CrossFit family.

After moving here in the middle of a pandemic, I was getting antsy at home without a gym to go to. I found that I didn’t have the same motivation doing home workouts compared to CrossFit workouts with a coach and other athletes. When I researched places to go to online, I found Recursive. The reviews looked good so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m still pretty new, but I already feel very welcome here.

My favorite thing about working out here so far is the welcoming atmosphere. I feel like this can be my gym home. I am starting to get to know people at the 9am classes and it’s starting to feel like my gym instead of just a gym I work out at.

In the past couple of months, I’ve quit a job, started a new job, moved to a new state and basically everything feels new. My biggest struggle these last couple of months has been finding what’s normal and what my routine looks like. I now have a consistent shift at work, so I am finding a workout routine that works with that. Slowly but surely, I’m establishing what my new normal looks like.

It’s only been a few weeks since starting at Recursive, but so far I think my biggest accomplishment was being able to front squat 80#! I’ve never been great at keeping track of my workouts, but now I have a handy notebook to write this down in, and I am proud of that 80#!

Recursive gives me new motivation that I need to commit to my fitness goals. I am thankful for the community and accountability.

I would advise anyone that is new to CrossFit and just getting started to push past any fear/anxiety and talk to one of the coaches about what is holding you back from committing to consistent workouts or from achieving your fitness goals. It’s okay to not feel like you are a master at these weightlifting movements. It’s important to be teachable and willing to learn.

Another fun fact about me is that I can speak French! I lived in France for a semester abroad in college.

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