|Get to know your gym Fam: Jennifer Bench
What do you like to do in your free time? (besides CrossFit of course!)
I’m a very social person!I love spending time with my family and friends. Whether it’s going around town to activities and events, or hosting meals at my home.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a former educator (3rd grade teacher for 10 years), now a full time stay at home Mom, a position I’m thankful to be able to do.
What made you decide to try CrossFit? And why did you pick CrossFit Loudoun?
I started CF 5 years ago when my family was living in Australia. One of the coaches was in her 50’s yet, she had abs, moved heavy weights and was a beast. I wanted to be able to do those things too, and even though I was late to the game, I was finally ready to start. CF was hard for me when I started. I could barely hold a barbell, I felt like the warm ups were the workout, and I was the last to finish for a really long time. But, the gym fam was supportive, the coaches were encouraging and I learned a lot of technique. I’ve been going 3-6 times a week for the last five years to a few different gyms as we’ve moved around and things DID change. Finally, about a year ago in July 2016, I found CF Loudoun after moving to the Ashburn area. I took a 9:30 class and felt right at home with the crew and have been here ever since. The family style dynamic at this gym, makes it special and I can’t imagine training with anyone else.
What is your favorite movement?
I love the lifting in general, but my favorite is the snatch.
What is your least favorite movement?
Handstand PU are the worst because I HATE being upside down.
What is your biggest fitness accomplishment to date?
This year, I started participating in Competitions. I have always been scared and intimidated of them in general and figured that I would never do one due to the stress I felt inside of me at just the thought of them (I literally felt like I was having panic attacks lol), so I figured I wasn’t the competitive type. With the help of Coach JJ and the gym fam, I found a new confidence inside of me that pushed through all of those scary voices, and now I’m planning to do future comps. I’ve loved how much fun I’ve had with my fellow competitors. It’s also added a new dimension to my training that inspires me to stay consistent, and I love the t-shirts 😉
What is one goal you are currently working towards?
I am working on my endurance for higher weight barbell cycling in metcons. I’m doing some hypertrophy strength work on the side as well as scaling my wods to build strength when barbells are in them.
What is your favorite post workout snack?
I wish I could say Nachos, but I stick to my nutrition goals post workout by bringing my meal prep fave of sautéed fish/rice and veggies to the gym, and I eat it about 30min after the workout.
Name one thing we would be surprised to learn about you.
It’s been a while, but before I got married, I used to ride a little red Kawasaki Ninja 500R sportbike when I was still living out in California (LA-where I grew up). It was red, and I used to coordinate all of my clothes with it back then, now I’m all into gym clothes.