Thank You Norcal Family!

As many of you know, this weekend, the best of best in CrossFit in the Northern California Region are meeting up in San Jose, CA to go head to head.  All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, individual athletes and teams will battle through gut-wrenching workouts to see who makes the podium awarding themselves a spot to contend with the world’s best in July at The Home Depot Center for The Reebok CrossFit Games.

I have been training hard since last September to give myself the opportunity to be one of these individual athletes again.  It’s been an experience full of ups and downs, emotionally, physically and mentally.  Luckily with the support from all of you and from my sponsors it’s been more ups than downs.  No matter what your goal is, you need a support team, you need people to help you, and you need to know that it takes an army to win a war.  I want to thank my “army” for getting me to this point again this year.

First of all…thank you to ALL of you here at Norcal Strength and Conditioning for giving me a “thumbs up” or “high five” or just cheering me on as I struggled to push through the last part of a workout.  Thank you for caring enough to ask how my training was going.  You will never know how much that means.  It’s hard to train as an individual athlete for months at a time, so to know that you have a “team” behind you makes all the difference.  Our Norcal family is like no other team!

Secondly, my clients!  You know who you are!  You all have been so dedicated to me through all of this.  You are always supportive and understanding if I need to reschedule or combine sessions in order to make my life a bit more doable.  The flexibility you have all given me is irreplaceable.  Oh, and I apologize for the several sessions that I have coached you right after a workout when I may be smelling a bit “fresh”.  You all are the best!

Third, a HUGE thanks to the coaches here are Norcal.  My training has become a second job.  In order to keep my health up, my body functioning, and my head in the game, I’ve had to cut back my hours as a coach.  Shawn, Chrissy, Katie, Matt, Justin, Glen and Jaime have all helped me at one time or another to cover classes or clients when my body needed the break/recovery.  For that, I cannot thank you enough.  Also, training on your own, it’s hard to push yourself sometimes.  Justin, Matt and Shawn have all stepped in at one point or another to sweat it out with me during a brutal workout.  Again, something that I can never thank you enough for.

Now for my ever-so-loyal and generous local Chico sponsors.

John Fragoso and Fragoso Chiropractic is seriously a life saver.  Putting my body through what I do day in and day out isn’t doable unless I have someone to keep it moving as it should.  This year I have unfortunately been fighting a few injuries, but John’s magic work has kept me in the game and able to train.  For those of you that don’t know, Dr. John is an ART practitioner and is someone that I believe EVERYONE needs to see.  If you have any aches and pains or lack some mobility, make an appointment with this guy and you will feel better!  Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart John!

Olivia Peters-Lazarro from Chico Community Acupuncture has provided her services to me through my training as well.  I have been seeing Olivia for about 1.5 years now.  I started out extremely skeptical about the eastern medicine of acupuncture until I started seeing results.  I tried to go in with an open mind, but honestly I was more on the “this is hokie” side of things.  That’s why I know this works.  To have a bad attitude toward something and to still see results from it proves something.  For me, the pain relief, the energy work, and the scheduled nap keep me looking forward to each appointment with her.  Olivia, thank you for your continued support and generous work.  Please read this post I wrote last year about what Olivia offers and make your appointment now.

Tori Zellick from In Touch Body Works is a rockstar!  About 2 or 3 months ago Tori offered up her massage therapist services to me.  I can’t say that it is always a pleasant experience having someone dig their elbow into your locked up piriformis or grind out your ITBand…but I can say that it is so beneficial and afterwards I feel like I can conquer the world.  For that Tori, you are a irreplaceable…than you!  I  Regular body work is key for anyone.  Whether you’re training for the games, a weekend warrior or sit at a desk all day, Tori will help you feel better and move pain-free.

There are so many more people I have to thank for the support through my journey so far this year…my parents (Cathy Desautels and Jeff LaBaw), my boyfriend (Marcus Brown), my family, my friends, my coach (CJ Martin)…the list goes on and on.

I will do my best to make you all proud this weekend!



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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9 Comments

  1. Karen

    You are going to be amazing and I am proud to be able to cheer you on!

  2. John k

    Tear’em a new one Jenny!!! Your going to kill it!!!

  3. WendyS

    I cannot wait to wear my Jenny shirt and cheer for you. Go girl!!

  4. Shawn G
    Shawn G

    Great post Jenny! You will do Amazing this weekend and we are so stoked that so many will make the trip and be there to cheer you on! Good luck, I have a “sneaky” feeling all your hard work will pay off!

  5. Julie

    We love you Jenny and we can’t WAIT to see you tear it up this weekend!!!!

  6. Katie D.

    Good Luck this weekend Jenny!!! You’re going to crush it!!!

  7. Matt B
    Matt B

    I can’t wait to see you compete this weekend Jenny! I am so stoked!

  8. Nicol

    You are going to be awesome, Jenny! I’m sorry I didn’t see you this week to give you a hug and a high-five. I’ll be thinking of you all weekend and incessantly checking for updates. Go, girl!!!

  9. Michell Remley

    Cant wait to cheer you on tomorrow Jenny!

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