Welcome Baby Boy: Spencer Gower

We want to congratulate Shane Gower and Jessi Belmonte on the addition to their family.  Baby boy, Spencer Vaun Gower was introduced to this world on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:04am.  Weighing in at 5lbs, 8oz and “standing” 18″ long, with Gower energy and strength in his blood, he is bound to be the strongest man at Norcal Strength and Conditioning when he comes into his own! :)

This is Jessi’s first baby and she rocked her pregnancy.  With the help and encouragement from Shane, eating clean, sleeping well and maintaining a regular workout regime, Jessi stayed healthy throughout the entire pregnancy and was able to bring a healthy, strong boy into this world.  I spoke with Jessi just a couple of weeks before Spencer was born.  She was in the gym and I was praising her for being there and complimenting her on how healthy she looked.  Her response was something to the effect that, she didn’t know any different.  She came to the gym and saw other Norcal moms-to-be rocking squats and pullups with their “baby bumps” so she knew she could too.  She hopes that she set an example for other women who will maybe someday be in the same boat.

Congrats again Shane and Jessi (and Uncle Shawn and Aunt Chrissy).  He is beautiful!

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. Congrats Gower family!!!! He is beautiful!!! Jessi was truly an inspiration to us all during her pregnancy. I am sure she will be back kicking ass as soon as she can :)

  2. Matt B

    Yes, congrats to the Gower Family! Can’t wait to see Spencer in person!

  3. CarolLynne M

    Congratulations Jessi and Shane! Jessi was amazing throughout her pregnancy. Always very postive, happy, and determined to be healthy for her new little one. Good Job Jessi!

  4. Christina

    This baby is definitely tickle-high-pitched-squeal worthy. Not necessarily in that order. I see he already has his workout face mastered! ^_^

  5. Tim & Rebecca

    Congratulations Shane & Jessi, Spencer is precious!

  6. Mona Dagy

    Congrats! Good Job Jessi!

  7. Congratulations to the Gower families and especially to Jesse & baby!!

  8. Shawn G

    Congrats you two! Jessi great job keeping yourself to a schedule at the gym, it was impressive to see you power out workouts for the 9 months, but really cool to see you keep marching forward in months 7-9! Congrats again to the whole family, We love you guys!

  9. Jessi Belmonte

    Thank you everyone!! I couldn’t have done it without the love, support and encouragement from the entire NorCal Family! Shane and I couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to introduce him to you all :)

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