June Member Spotlight

Jennifer Farley

We love us some Jenn! Her one year anniversary of starting CrossFit is coming up this July and what a year it’s been. The confidence in herself has soared (along with her deadlift weight) and her drive to do better just continues to increase. When she first started she said, “I want amazing arms.” Well, lots of gym hours, hard work and nutrition changes later and her arms are amazing, but more importantly – they are strong, SHE is strong!

Before and after picture – checkout those guns!

Member since: July 2016

What do you do for a living? I am a supervisor over an in-home program that works with children and families for a local non-profit.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I first heard about CrossFit through Josh. We watched the re-runs of the 2015 games and I thought it looked pretty neat (and intimidating). Then one day Josh announced that he was going to try out a new CrossFit gym. I decided to give it a shot since I wasn’t really doing much at the gym I was a member of already. My first workout was a fun combination of deadlifts and rowing.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? Usually 4-5 days per week and I’m usually at the 6pm class.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? My favorite movement is snatches and I like any workout that includes snatches or squat snatches. I like the movement because it’s challenging but also really fun.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? I dread anything that requires me to run…and the warm up usually includes a run…so I dread the warm-up? Just kidding, I would say my least favorite movement would be the strict press, mostly because I’m so bad it.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I’ve seen a lot of progress since I first started a year ago in my strength and endurance. Each time I come, I know that I am going to be challenged, and I’ve really grown to look forward to the WODs (even the ones that include running and strict presses) as CFM has taught me to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Finally the community and coaches are top notch! Everyone is really kind and encouraging while also pushing you to be better than you were the day before. It’s a great place to try new things without the fear of being judged. I’ve made some pretty fantastic friends along the way, and as an extrovert, community is important to me!

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? I have the habit of catching equipment with my face…wall balls, kettlebells, jump rope…you name it.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? I really like the summers here, there is a lot to do, great food, and we aren’t far from the beach!

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? TOES TO BAR! Outside of the gym I guess I would say I’m most proud of obtaining my MSW a few years back.

What is your favorite meal? A steak covered in blue cheese and mushrooms with a side of mashed potatoes, a glass (or 12) of red wine, and cheesecake…..not that I put a lot of thought into that or anything.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I’m a big fan of movies. I also like to hike and be outdoors, travel and play board games. I’m also interested in indoor bouldering…so whoever wants to go out one night, I’m game!

What is one goal that you are currently working on? The elusive pull-up.

Do you have a hidden talent? If I do, I haven’t found it yet…

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you: I’ve flown a plane before, I didn’t land it, but maybe one day I’ll be able to fly one from take off to landing!