September Athlete of the Month- Jessie Brewer – CrossFit and Fearless

September Athlete of the Month- Jessie Brewer


September Athlete of the Month- Jessie Brewer

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CF&F: How long have you been CrossFitting? 
JB: I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 9 months or so.
CF&F: How did you get into it?
JB: I was an athlete in high school and really enjoyed structured work outs. Since high school, I always felt directionless at the gym. I would literally stare at the treadmill for five minutes and try to figure out a work out where I could push myself to achieve results. After a few weeks, the variety was withering and I started to dread going to the gym. It didn’t help that I HATE weight machines. You basically stare at IKEA-esque instructions and hope that you aren’t doing something wrong. Needless to say, I needed something exciting and challenging in my life, and luckily I found CrossFit!
CF&F: What are the biggest changes you’ve seen since becoming a CrossFitter?
  think the physical changes are obvious for most CrossFitters. In the words of Daft Punk I’ve gotten harder, better, faster, stronger. What I didn’t expect is the mental changes to bleed over into other aspects of my life. I go into each workout with a hopeful optimism that I’ll succeed or at least push myself harder than I did yesterday. I find that when I reach an obstacle in my professional life, I’ve begun to apply that same approach. CrossFit has made a very positive impact on my life and I’m much more aware that you can always achieve more than you think is possible.
CF&F: What is your favorite lift? 
JB: I am pretty big fan of the back squat. I think, particularly as a woman, it’s very empowering to feel strong. In my opinion, society makes a lot of assumptions on the physical strength of women, and back squats are the pinnacle of strength in my book.
I always like to remind my boyfriend (he’s 6’4” and 210 pounds) that I could probably back squat him out of a burning building if he needed it. He hasn’t let me practice with him yet, but I think deep down he feels safer when I’m around.
CF&F: Favorite WOD? Favorite part of Crossfit in general?
JB: My favorite WOD would have to be Fight Gone Bad. It was the first benchmark WOD I ever Rx-ed, and it was brutal – in a fun way!
I love the variety of work outs and that you target every part of your body. Additionally, I’ve gained confidence in my weight lifting abilities. It can be daunting to try a new lift at a big gym while everyone judges your form, so I like the freedom of lifting weights with the trainers and learning alongside everyone else. It’s also nice to push through really tough workouts with the other people. After the last rep or round you just look at someone else and you don’t even have to say anything, we both know we got our butts kicked! #worthit
CF&F: What makes you come back every day?
JB: To be honest, the trainers really do make the box. The trainers at CrossFit and Fearless take a vested interest not only in your day-to-day performance, but in your life as well. You’re known here and not just a number or another patron. The trainers recognize your strengths and weaknesses and tailor each workout or warm up to make you better. It’s motivating to notice your improvements and even more so to have the trainers recognize them as well.

CF&F: When is a time that you wanted to quit?
 My first few workouts were incredibly frustrating. I couldn’t get any of the major lifts down, whether it was a snatch, a squat, a clean, you name it and I couldn’t do it right. It was very aggravating not being able to jump in with the rest of the group, but I think it’s really important that the trainers start you from the basics and build upon it. I would probably be in a full body cast if they didn’t step in and teach me step by step and practice. I was definitely my own worst enemy at the beginning.

JB Extra Fun Facts: I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes while speaking Mandarin Chinese. Top that, Austen!

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