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By Jen | In Testimonials | on January 21, 2014



Give us a little background about yourself.

Being 50 (eeeeek!), my background is too long…. so I will just hit the fitness highlights. Athletic zero (and I mean ZERO – my idea of exercise was mall-walking with a cookie) until 35, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and told by my doctor that the only thing that I could do to help myself was to build up some muscle and stamina to help recover from flare-ups. I joined the local gym, started working with a personal trainer, became a spinning instructor, went off the fitness deep end for a while….

How did you hear about  West End CrossFit?

Kara Kasarda, my coach extraordinaire, introduced me!  She was my Pilates instructor and told me about West End CrossFit.  I was game to try it!  When Kara jumped ship, I jumped with her!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I met Kara when I was suffering through 18 months of extreme fatigue after enduring breast cancer treatment (mastectomy and chemo) topped off with intestinal surgery.  I work one-on-one with Kara because I don’t have left pectoral muscles.  Push-ups, burpees, pull-ups, handstands…not so much.  The fatigue lifted and I am WAY better suited for CrossFit than Pilates!

What music can we find currently playing in your car?

P!ink, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Paul Oakenfold, Skrillex, Prodigy – I like it loud and with a good beat!

What current things are you working towards in your health, training, career and/or personal life?

Staying healthy and fit are my BIG concerns – Crohn’s disease is a constant, nagging issue, but being strong really does make flares shorter!  Kara and I are always planning the next PR, the next goal…Maybe I will RX a WOD?  And even if I never do, I can box jump, deadlift, back squat, jump rope, climb a rope…My personal goal is to get my husband E.J. to train with Brian – then we could do the team WODs on Saturdays!

Tell us about your most memorable WOD at WECF.

I never thought I would jump the 20″ box!  Kara never said yes or no, she just kept moving me up.  Then on July 15th she said that the WOD included box jumps and she pulled out the 20″ box.  I said no, I needed the utility box.  She said, “No. I know you can do it.”  I said, “Are you sure?” in a very doubtful tone.  She was firm.  That WOD took so long because I spent so much time getting up the gumption to jump again and again.  But I did 36 20″ box jumps.  Whatever else I did for the WOD was a piece of cake by comparison!  More recently, I did a WOD with 70 box jumps.  Now Kara is threatening the 24″ box.

What would you tell someone who is interested in training with WECF?

Do it!  Do it!!  DO IT!!!  Changing it up every time makes it WAY more fun and interesting!  There is scientific validity to working hard and fast.  If you think you are fit, get ready for a reality check.  If you want to see results with practice and effort, you will!  If you can afford the time and money, work one on one with any of the WECF coaches – it is so worth it!



One Comment to "1/21/2014"

  • Sandra Gray says:

    January 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm -

    What a wonderful article. I really enjoyed reading it.