Who’s Who Jo Ann Bettencourt!

What can I say about Jo Ann that you don’t already know?  Hmmm…I figured it would be best for her to tell you herself!  One thing I can tell you about her is that she is a joy to have in class.

How were you introduced to NorCal Strength and Conditioning?
Two people are responsible: Megan Kobz who is my neighbor, but is coming back soon, and Katie Phillips.

Favorite movement/skill you have learned at NorCal:
Double unders

I have always wanted:

to travel the world

1 word people use to describe me:

Outside of the gym I like to:
spend time with my family

Three things you would ALWAYS find in my fridge:
salsa, eggs, and avocado
Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:
I used to be a roller figure skater as a child and coached skating in college. One of my students won nationals in 1997 when I coached her.
I also speak Spanish.

Favorite physical activity outside of NorCal Strength and Conditioning:
Wake boarding

Favorite place to eat a Paleo-ish meal in Chico:
Great Harvest (I love the field of greens salad with chicken and w/o croutons)

Song that gets me pumped up for a workout:
any Black Eyed Peas song

The last thing you ate:
Beef Stew
Proudest accomplishment:
NorCal:  climbing the rope (thanks Matt)

Outside the gym: finishing my MA degree in Education Administration while working full time and tending to my family.

6 Month goal:
get back into my pre-baby size

If you could invite ANYBODY (currently alive or not) over for dinner, who would you invite? Why? Mathew McConaughey because I like his movies and he’s nice to look at too!

Favorite work out attire:
long or Capri workout pants and a nor-cal t-shir

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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  1. I love working out with Jo Ann!!!! She is a great source of inspiration and a lot of fun!!!

  2. Matt B

    Jo Ann is kicking butt and taking names! She is a pleasure to have in class. You are doing great Jo Ann, keep it up!

  3. Thanks Amy and Matt! I love NorCal and am proud to be part of the family. I tell everyone I know that it’s the best gym in NorCAl!

  4. Matt B

    *two thumbs up*

  5. Jenny LaBaw
    Jenny LaBaw

    Jo Ann we are lucky to have you as part of the Norcal family. It’s been so fun to watch you get stronger and more confident each time you come in. Keep up the good work. BTW..will you invite me to dinner with Matthew McConaughey comes…I LOVE looking at him too! ;)

    • Jenny, you will be the first to know when dinner will be served (paleo style of course)

  6. Shawn G

    Jo Ann,
    It is always great to have you in class and we love having you at Norcal! Nice to see you were a coach as well…impressive. Keep up the hard work and I think your 6 month goal will be a cinch!!!

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