An Amazing Person, An Impact Made, Lives Changed

Not to be “Debbie Downer”, but today at Norcal is a sad sad day for me and I know for many others as well.  We will be saying “goodbye”…hopefully more of a “see you later” to a dedicated, supportive, integral part of our family.  Michell Remley is moving to Bellingham, WA for her next journey in life with her family.  I want to take time to highlight this amazing woman and her outstanding success story in her time here at Norcal Strength and Conditioning.

Not to get too mushy, but this woman has changed me as a coach.  She makes me remember each day she comes in why I love my job.  In her time here, I have watched Michell blossom from an intimidated, self-conscious lady hiding behind baggy shirts and excuses into a proud, confident woman ready to take on any challenge thrown at her.  She has told me that her transformation here has “changed her life, changed her future and given her kids a better mom.”  Seriously no words can explain what an outstanding person Michell is…one of a kind that will truly be missed here in Chico!

Here is a bit more about Michell’s journey at Norcal.

What was ur start day at NorCal?  August 23, 2011

What is your total weight loss?  40lbs!!!

What is your change in pants/dress sizes?  I started as a size 20/22 and now I am a 12/14!  The last time I wore a size 12, I was 14 years old!!

What is your most memorable moment at NorCal?  I know it sounds corny (the only acceptable paleo corn,  lol) but everyday brings a memorable moment. I will never forget the Elements class Chrissy taught….when we came in from our run and the entire gym floor was covered with barbells for our deadlift sets, it was so intimidating and impressive.  Then there was Sharon’s birthday workout with Shawn, his group shuttle runs were insane, I love the bragging rignts it gave us all.  I could go on and on…. There was a Wednesday class where 4 people made it up the rope for the first time, I wasn’t one of them, but to see others accomplish their goals and be able to cheer and congratulate them was so rewarding.


What is your most embarrassing moment at NorCal?? We all have them. ;)  Most embarrassing….so many to  choose from. Top of the list would be the day my pants fell down trying to sprint 100m. I had to hold them by the waist band to finish the run. You laughed it off like it happens all the time. It was great motivation to go buy proper fitting gym clothes.  A tie for second would be face planting my forehead because I closed my eyes during push ups to concentrate on form. The other second place spot goes to the first time I stood up from a post workout stretch and saw a giant sweety impression of my butt on the floor. 

What is the most important thing you will take with you out of here?  I am taking so much with me from my time at Norcal SC. It has truly been a life changing experience. I walked into Norcal SC a little over 9 months  ago hoping to lose some weight… what I gained is a belief in myself and a drive/desire to do more. I am so honored to have gotten to be part of the Norcal SC family. It is a one of a kind place, that I know no other place will compare to.  


If you could tell someone that may be contemplating joining NorCal a few words of wisdom or give some encouragement, what would it be?  Encouragement for people thinking about joining Norcal SC….  It’s all about the people factor….. the trainers are the key to everything.  They truly do all  the work….you just show up ready to go.  Ok, you do have to  work too but it is such rewarding work, with the best return on investment.  Stretching, mobilizing, workouts, blogs, nutritian advice, entertainment (yes lots of sweat, but lots of laughs too), friendships, strength, and confidence are what you will get when you join Norcal SC.  


What is your biggest accomplishment to date here?  Biggest accomplishment….. I have said it before, and its still true, each day at Norcal SC brings new accomplishments that I walk out the doors at the end of the workout wanting to shout “YEAH! THATS RIGHT I DID THAT!”  I feel like I have accomplished so much, from just walking in the doors on day one to box jumps, to push ups, to sprinting the 200m run that I couldn’t even jog without walking in the beginning.  Like I said each day by design  gave me big accomplishments to be proud of….some days it was just showing up, making time not excuses. 


Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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  1. Shawn G
    Shawn G

    Great Post Jenny! Michell you are truly an amazing individual, we all loved working with you and really enjoyed having you in class! You need to take a lot of credit for what you have accomplished, we give folks the tools, but you were 100% committed to make a change from day 1! Good luck in all you do, you will be missed! :-(

  2. Your story on Michell Remley made me sad and had tears before realizing it was running down my face as I am sitting in the backyard in this hot ass sun trying to get some R/R…lol. Congrats to Michell for her accomplishment and best wishes on her new journey. The reason I ended up on your website was b/c my friend brought back some awesome Tshirts while he was visiting your box and he had told me that the shirts were awesome and that I could order it on your site. Anyhow..I am inspired to by the story although I have been a CF member with my hubby for last 9+months and proud to say my 11 year old is also in it as well and loves it so much. Our coaches Ashley and Matt are two awesome people. Thanks Jenny for the story. Ok I am gonna get happy again and get in the your day!

  3. Nikki Burke

    We will miss you Michelle! Keep up the great work!

  4. Michell Remley

    ♥ you all and miss you all!! Thanks Jenny and Norcal SC for EVERYTHING!!

  5. This article was very inspirational and motivating. I hope more people can hear of this sensational story. Spread the word with word of mouth everyone.

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