JENNIFER MADDEN

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

 

I am not what you picture when you think of a typical CrossFitter. I am over 40, overweight, and have a knee injury.  I joined CrossFit Recursive September of 2016.  I saw CFR had a New You: Six Week Challenge program that was geared towards beginners.  I signed up. It was a no brainer.

Of course, the day of the first session I was questioning the “no brainer” part of my decision.  When I showed up to CFR, there was a group of women sitting in the waiting area nervously making small talk.  What I loved immediately about the group was that it was composed of women all ages and all sizes. We were all stepping outside our comfort zone.

Over the course of six weeks, we were introduced to the various CrossFit movements, a nutrition program and, most importantly, the lingo. I remember the first time we did sit-ups I couldn’t believe how bad my abs hurt – they hurt for days!  But each week I kept going back and I wasn’t alone.  Slowly but surely our fitness increased and friendships developed. I was hooked!

When the 6-week challenge was over, I started to participate in the regular group classes.  Every time I finished a workout, I was amazed at what I could do. What a great feeling!  Even though I had to scale almost everything we did, I quickly learned that no matter your fitness level the workouts are still hard for everyone – scaled or not.  The other thing I learned is to get over myself.  It is my body and my workout.  I simply cannot compare myself to anyone else.

The CrossFit community is what keeps me coming back.  Every time I attend a class, I am surrounded by dedicated and supportive athletes- each celebrating the other’s success.

In July of 2017, I received my CrossFit Level 1 certification.  My journey with CrossFit has been one of consistent progress.  I am amazed at what I can do now that I wouldn’t have been able to consider doing prior to joining CrossFit.  It truly has been life changing for me and I want to help others have the same experience!