Happy Birthday Luke Winter

On Monday, May 14th, Luke Winter was officially “over the hill”.  On Tuesday we were lucky enough to “celebrate” his day with him with a fun finisher in the 9am Low Intensity class.  A little bird told me that Luke has been working grip strength, so that is what we gifted him here at Norcal.  After a good workout, we rounded up the troupes in a big circle around Luke.  They all assumed the squat position and passed a 14lb med ball around the circle 4x’s (2 each direction) while Luke was in the middle of the circle “pinching” a 45lb plate in each hand until the 4 rounds had been completed.  For those of you that have not tried to pinch the 45lbs plates (or even the 25’s or 10’s) I encourage you to try.  You’ll see how EXTREMELY hard this is to do!  Good to see you’re getting stronger with age Luke…after all, I hear that 40 is the new 30.

Happy Birthday and thanks for being such an amazing addition to our gym.


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. Mario

    Happy B-Day Luke…

  2. Deanna

    Luke, Colleen and Augie are awesome additions to the gym. WOW! I love this family. On so many occasions I have felt comfort in moaning along with Colleen as we run but still obviously do our best at that moment! Or Luke – my man – such an inspiring support – more than once he has gently encouraged me to push myself that much more reminding me that’s what I came for, or helping me with my form or… I so appreciate the care and support we all give one another at Norcal. Augie is just an inspiration with his tussled hair and big sweet smile!

  3. Ryan s

    Happy Bday great buddy. You are making 40 look good.

  4. Shawn G
    Shawn G

    Happy Happy Birthday my friend! I can’t believe you are so young :-) Seriously it is crazy to think we started working out together over 5 years ago! Wow, time has gone by so fast. Great job in the gym and thank you for the continued support and positive feedback you bring to Norcal! We love having you!

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