It’s Never Too Late to “Jump” to New Goals

A few weeks ago I was patiently waiting  for the time to pass during my 2 min post-workout death stretch while I observed Jaime and her crew rocking a Low Intensity Class.  Jump roping was in the workout that day and it reminded me how cool it is that we have people of all different fitness levels “playing” again like they are little kids on a playground.  Just then, two very special women in our gym, snapped me out of my state of enlightenment and said that they wished they could jump rope.  Having worked with them before, and knowing their ability, I said “well you can”.  They both had a look of a bit of shock (and maybe some fear) on their faces when I told them to go grab 2 jump ropes each, but they did as I asked.  Then I said, now holding a rope in each hand, without jumping, I want you to just spin the ropes by rotating your wrists and try to find a rhythm with the ropes.  It took a second to get used to it, but they both quickly succeed at finding that coordination.  Then I told them to start jumping off both feet in rhythm with the ropes…and they easily achieved that.  We rested for a second and then tossed one rope to the side and I simply asked them to do the exact same thing but this time jump over the rope.  Both seemed a little hesitant but did as I asked and fully succeeded without even tripping up on the rope once.

In a matter of 5 minutes or less, these two ladies went from “wishing” they could jump rope to jumping rope like pros.  The point of this story is to first congratulate Gail Cafferata and Leslie Wright for overcoming a fear and accomplishing a task they didn’t think they could do.  I also want to point out that these two women indirectly asked me, one of their coaches, to help them.  If there is something you want to achieve in the gym, please ask us.  That’s why we are here.  Programming for hundreds of people each week, there is NO WAY we are going to hit everyone’s weaknesses or touch on what everyone wants to work on.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t come in before class or stay after class and work on a skill you may want to learn.  Just today I came in the gym and saw Gail and Leslie practicing their jump rope before class like I asked them to.  That is how we get stronger, better, and more confident…by doing what it is we want/need to work on.

Congrats again Gail and Leslie..we are so proud of you.  Next step…double unders!?!?!?!

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. Matt H

    Lookin’ good you two! Great post Jenny!

  2. Justin S.

    Love it! Next time, double unders!!

  3. Gail C.

    Thank you so much Jenny for teaching us to jump rope-it was sooo much fun!! I think in all honesty I must say that for me “jumping rope” consists of 20 consecutive jumps! I can repeat several times. My goal is to do 50 consecutive. Then 100…..thanks for everything you do to keep us healthy!

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