Jenny LaBaw…Preping for the 2012 Crossfit Games!

Trainer Jenny LaBaw did well this past year with placing 6th at the 2011 Crossfit Games.  ONE HELL OF AN ACHIEVEMENT!  I don’t know about you, but I was glued to the live stream online video for the whole competition.  With that being said, what’s Jenny’s next step?  What is she doing to prepare for the upcoming 2012 games season?  These have been questions among many that have been asked of me about her, and well…Simply here is a post of her telling you her answers about what she has been doing to prepare!

How did you feel about your finish in the 2011 Crossfit Games?

How do I sum it up in one feeling…I was ecstatic (being called the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth definitely makes you happy).  I was surprised (without having expectations, I didn’t know what was going to happen…I went in and did my best and was shocked at the outcome), I was proud (I came so far in such a short time with my training the months leading up to The Games both physically and mentally), I was humbled (Being among the top in the world, I felt like a small fish in a big sea a lot of the time…there are so many amazing athletes out there), I was honored (All of the women I competed against were strong, beautiful and confident…I felt lucky to be along side them), I was disappointed (on a very small scale…but as an athlete you always want to be better…I surprised myself and others, but there’s still a part of me that wanted more). I was motivated (Leaving the Games I was motivated to get better at the things I struggled with at the competition).

What movements do you feel that you have struggled with and are working on to improve?

It goes without saying that Muscle Ups are one of my weaknesses.  Also I have been putting a lot of emphasis on Olympic Lifting (Snatch, Clean and Jerk).  There are so many elements in the sport of CrossFit (it’s endless really)…so to be great at all of them is impossible.  But, the goal is to continue to maintain your strengths while constantly challenging yourself to improve your weaknesses.  That’s what makes this so much fun!

Who is currently helping you with your training programming for the upcoming 2012 Crossfit Game Season?

CJ Martin from CrossFit Invictus in San Diego, CA is doing my programming for the 2012 Games.  He is a phenomenal coach.  I feel very lucky to have him on my side! :)

What foods do you like to eat pre workout and post workout to charge up?

Depending on when I workout…if I workout first thing in the morning I don’t eat before.  If I workout later in the day then my pre workout meal is just a regular paleo meal (but typically eaten 2 hours before I hit it hard).  Post workout is always followed by lean protein (usually chicken), some steamed veggies and depending on the intensity of the workout I have some sweet potatoes or squash.  Oh…and TONS of water all day long!!  During competition I am usually snacking on boiled chicken, mashed sweet potatoes mixed with unsweetened apple sauce and drinking coconut juice to help replenish electrolytes.

What is your motivation to compete in the 2012 Crossfit Game Season?

My motivation is to see how much stronger, faster, and more skilled I can become.  Competition for me is fun, otherwise why do it right?  Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my off days too where I wish I was anywhere but the gym training (believe me that happens more than I would like)…but once I get my butt in there and start working on making myself better that feeling leaves.  For the most part it’s a blast to just push your body to it’s limits and see what else you can make it do.  I never ever thought I would do a muscle up or be walking on my hands all over the place or be trying to lift crazy amounts of weight overhead.  My motivation is to be the best that I can be and have the most fun I possibly can while doing it!  Unfortunately my legs turning into the size of large tree trunks comes with the package..but that is something that can always change when my competitive career comes to an end. ;)

What are the goals you have set for yourself?

I want to win 2012 Games!  There I’ve said it and everyone knows now! Ha!  Really though, I want to win.  Besides that as the ultimate goal, I also want to become more confident with my gymnastics skills.  I want to get my mental training under control.  I need to let the bad vibes leave me and focus on the good.  I need to be patient with my progress and not want the end result yesterday…this is a process and with every process there has to be patience.

Any advice for anyone in the gym that is thinking about participating in the 2012 Crossfit Game Season?

Number 1…work on your weaknesses.  That doesn’t just go for competitors though either.  EVERYONE should work on your weaknesses…they need work…that’s why they’re called “weaknesses”.  It’s easy to come into the gym and focus on what you’re good at…it’s motivating to succeed.  But I can tell you the satisfaction you get from conquering your weaknesses far surpasses any bit of glory you get from continuing to do what you know you can.  Number 2…try to enjoy the heck out of every moment.  There will be ups and downs throughout, but know that the journey is the best part!



Written by Matt

Matthew Brown has been involved in athletics for most of his life. He developed a huge passion for running at a very young age and ultimately competed for Chico State University in Track and Field for 4 years. After graduation he felt the continued drive to be involved in athletics in some way, and pursued a Masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. While working on his degree he was actively involved in the Chico State Track and Field program coaching both sprint and middle distance athletes in addition to working with them on their strength programs. His compassion for fitness and people continued to grow even after finishing his degree. He felt there was still room for growth and improvement in his overall knowledge in fitness and found a new home at Norcal Strength and Conditioning. While training at Norcal he found a new way to be competitive in fitness, and that was in the sport of Crossfit. After competing in a few competitions and training at Norcal for a year and a half he decided to pursue an opportunity as a personal trainer. He is excited to be a part of the sense of community and compassion that surrounds NorCal strength and Conditioning. Before Matthew attained his Masters degree in Kinesiology, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Management. He has been a supervisor for over 13 years at a large canning and packaging corporation. Working with a variety of people offers many types of challenging situations and Matthew loves to be a part of these experiences. With his long history of involvement in management and athletics, Matthew has the skills, leadership, and enthusiasm to help motivate any person from any walk of life to achieve their fitness goals.

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6 Comments

  1. Jenny we love you and are SO incredibly proud of you!!!

  2. Hell yeah go Jenny!! You will DEF be on the podium this year

  3. Today Clairey said “afaffaaaalkjnbbbblblllllllllllloooowasAA!!” which is CLairey for “I want to be just like Auntie Jenny when I grow up!” Can’t wait to watch you this year lady!

  4. Loved watching you in the Games last year. Can’t wait to see you on the podium THIS YEAR! You are so incredibly motivating. I dream of being half as strong as you one day!

  5. Jenny LaBaw
    Jenny LaBaw

    wow…thanks everyone for the kind words and of course for the amazing support last year and this year. you all help keep me going without a doubt! matt thanks for the nice post…i truly appreciate it!

  6. Matt B

    No problem! Keep it rocking!

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