Athlete Bright Spot: Jerre Wassenberg

Athlete Bright Spot: Jerre Wassenberg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Occupation:   I am the Senior Finical Analyst for Foot Locker Retail Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       JCCF Family Member Since:  I have been with the JCCF Family since September 2013.        

How did you get started with CrossFit:  Hedy Noveroske (a current member) talked so highly of JCCF. She invited to me observe a WOD and met some of the athletes.  I was currently struggling with working out in public because of past experiences. A typical gym is not necessarily a nice place to be if you are fat and trying to get fit.  JCCF is where any level of fitness is welcome at every workout.                                                                                                                                                                         

 Favorite WOD and/or movement?                                                                                                        

It would be unfair to pick just one favorite! But there is something special about Wednesday evening the Olympic lifting class. There is just something invigorating about throwing weights around. This class gives me the opportunity to slow down and concentrate on form and technique.  I feel strong and empowered after oly weights!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 Least favorite WOD and/or movement?                                                                                                             Wallballs are the worst! Living a sedentary life style for so long has paid a toll on my hip mobility; I feel like I get stuck in the bottom of the squat. Then struggle to stand back up!                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Name 1 long term fitness goal:   Pushups! I need to get away from modified pushups!                          


 Name 1 short term fitness goal:                                                                                                             

When I first decided to “get fit” I made a list of goals. Most of the goals were simple and achievable but I had one big goal, ruck the Baatan Death March Memorial Marathon.  It is the last item on my original list. Lately I have being referring to the marathon as a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). MY BHAG is a statement in which is created to focus me on a single medium-long term goal which is audacious, likely to be externally questionable, but not internally regarded as impossible.                         

What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment thus far? 

 Burpees over the Bar at the Young, Old, and New competition at CrossFit Believe! I have this irrational fear of jumping over or on things (i.e.  burpees over the bar and box jumps!) It is really a fear of falling in public.  I signed up for the Masters division where jumping over the bar was required for the wod. I worked on building the courage to jump over the bar alone in my garage with every piece of padding I could find.  There was a lot of crying in the garage.  Comp time came and I was still scared to death and on of verge of hiding in the bathroom until the wod was over.  I made it through the 10 front squats, and then a momentary pause. I would hear the JCCF team and my husband cheering for me. I did my first burpee, paused, eyes full of tears, and my ears full of encouragement I jumped. I ending up crying through the wod but finished just shy of 4 rounds of front squats and burpee over the bar.  I have never been more proud of myself.                                                                                                                                          

 Tell us something about you that nobody knows!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 During the CrossFit games, I only watch the master divisions. Because it is more impressive for a gal in her 50s to knock out ring muscle ups then one in her 20s.                                                


 If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Cindy Stolebarger, no doubt. Never heard of her? It’s because she is not a games or an elite athlete. Cindy is an everyday women that gives me encouragement to keep moving. I have discovered that woman over 40 in CrossFit are far and few between. Well at least women like me that one point were well over 250 and then decided CrossFit was a good idea. I found one on Instagram, Cindy Stole Barger. We are on a parallel path but she is further in her journey. I would love to work out with somebody who has been through the same struggles me.                                                               


 What do you love most about Junction City CrossFit?                                                                   

Personal coaching – it goes beyond standards, modifications, technique, and form. It is daily inspiration, advice for nutritional needs, a bit of a counselor on my bad days, and always being the biggest cheerleader.             

Favorite quote and/or motto that you live by?                                                                                     

Today I will do what other won’t so tomorrow I can do what other can’t. – Jerry Rice

When I decided it get fit my parents were in their early and mid-sixties and in seriously bad health. Bad food choices, lack of exercise, heart disease, diabetes, and the list could go on. I realized I didn’t want be old, tried and sick any more. I wanted to be able to run, play, and be. I wanted to be more than simply be alive but truly living and enjoying life. 

So today I work my ass off at JCCF so when I am in my sixties I can enjoy a hardy game of wiffle ball with my future grandchildren.                                                   


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