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Jenny Faris: Crushing Kernels and Kettlebells

Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit:

Growing up, my parents always had my sisters and me involved in sports. Throughout elementary to high school I was either playing softball, volleyball and soccer so was getting a mix of conditioning year round. When I went to college, I was working out here & there but no where near as hardcore or consistently as I used to. I gradually became a big fan of running then this past April tore my meniscus which completely threw me off. I promised my friend, who had been a CrossFit fanatic, that I would check out CF once my knee was healed. Now, here I am.

What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?

My friend, Jordan “JP” Pennings. He knew I was somewhat interested in joining for a while, so he was very persistent and kept on me trying to convince me to try it out. A couple minutes into my No-Sweat Intro, I was hooked & knew it was something I wanted to stick with.

 

Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?

Very intense and intimidating. Starting out, I jumped every time I heard weights drop. Beyond that, the first thing I noticed was how welcoming everyone was and willing to help/answer any of my questions. A lot of times right after class (before I mustered up the courage to just ask people) I would find myself googling various terms that I kept hearing people use so I wouldn’t feel like such a noob.

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?

Being patient with the movements. I see so many other people mastering the moves so I get eager to try to do the same but need to do better at taking my time to learn & do everything correctly. Also, I suck at pull ups and double unders (probably because of the patience thing).

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?

Versatility. Before CrossFit, I would always get so bored with the workouts I was doing, so the fact that everyday is something different makes it really intriguing and exciting to me.

What are you current goals in CrossFit?

Pretty blah but I really just want to do better. I’m very competitive so when I see other people lifting heavier weight than I am or completing moves that I can’t do or finishing faster than I am then it motivates and pushes me to figure out how I can be better. Specifically though, if I could do a couple pull ups, muscle ups, or double unders then that’d be pretty neat.

What is something we don’t know about you?

Somethings:

When I was 9, my sister threw a softball at my nose & broke my nose. It was her birthday so whatever I guess.

When I was 16, my dad and I had the idea to start a gourmet popcorn company. It’s quite possibly the best popcorn you may ever taste (Faris Gourmet Popcorn).

When I was 20, I impulsively got a puppy. Somehow he’s still alive & thriving.

When I was 25, I bought my first house with the intentions of painting a couple walls. I ended up gutting almost the entire house and redoing it.

I talk a lot (if you couldn’t tell by my lengthy responses) so if you want to know anything about my life, I’ll gladly share.

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