Athlete Spotlight: Jenni Laffey

We age because we stop moving. We don’t stop moving because we age.

Take it from our longtime member Jenni Laffey. Jenni started with B3 Gym and CrossFit back in 2015. At the end of 2014, she was not happy with herself and where her life was at. At the time, she remembers thinking to herself, “You are almost 50 and something has got to change. You CANNOT go into your 50’s like this!” At that time, she was 48, 18 months away from her 50th birthday, and thought to herself that that was plenty of time to make a change in her life. Her friend told her about a Challenge that B3 Gym was having that started in January 2015. That Challenge was the beginning of a lifetime of change and Jenni has not looked back since! In Jenni’s own words:

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

In January 2015 a friend of mine told me about this online fitness challenge, The Whole Life Challenge, that her gym (then Body By Boris) was doing and that anyone in the community was welcome to participate. After much thought, I decided to partake. At that time the challenge was 8 weeks long. I was not very happy with things in my life and was SO ready to make life better.  My husband encouraged me to do it and was also willing to participate along with me at home. Two weeks in to the WLC, I was feeling the benefits of an all around healthier lifestyle and was hooked. I took part in every weekend activity the gym offered with the challenge…running clinic, trip to Sun Country, biking the Hawthorne trail and a few bring-a-friend WODs and so on. I loved everyone I met and couldn’t get enough. I took 3rd place that 1st year in the challenge. Once the WLC was over I was worried that that was it and I did not want it to end. Now what?! Well B3 offered a 30 day startup program “The First 30”. That led to the Foundations program and then CrossFit.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression of CrossFit was a combination of excitement and nervousness! I did “The First 30” and then 2 months of Foundations at the old small gym. I was very confident and comfortable in there. Then Jason finally had to kick me out of Foundations and in to the CrossFit class. After months of listening and watching the CrossFit members I thought for sure I was going to be an embarrassment and really suck at it. I learned quickly that was not the case.  I knew doing this was going to be a challenge but I was determined and quitting was not an option! Now 3 & 1/2 years later I still love being part of such an amazing community and look forward to every workout amongst great coaches and friends.

What was your first “bright spot” or big accomplishment?

My first bright spot/accomplishment was my first test I took at Body By Boris. BBB used to offer level testing. The test involved doing different CrossFit movements correctly while being assessed. I had never done kettlebell swings before and I was not sure if I could run a sub 10 minute mile. In July 2015, I passed the level 1 test and was so happy about that. A few other bright spots I have to mention would be: 1. Completing my first 5k run (with Zach) on 2/20/2016. We both placed in our age groups. 2. Completing the Gate2Gate 25k on 10/25/16. 3. Completing my first Rx workout, Diane, while training for the 2017 open.


What are you working on now?

Now I am working on being more consistent with nutrition and using the myfitnesspal app to help with this. It really does help to see it all written down on a daily basis. My husband is so into this now also and we help each other stay accountable.

What’s your favorite B3 Gym memory?

Getting pull ups in the 2017 open. I had a whole crowd cheering for me and it was amazing!

Anything you’d like to add?

Being a B3 Gym member and doing CrossFit has not only changed my life, but it has changed my family. My two sons are active members of B3 and it is great when all 3 of us are sweating and suffering at the same time. Even though my husband can’t join and be a member due to health reasons, I could not ask for a more supportive person in my life. The lessons I have learned through my association with B3 regarding fitness, nutrition, and both physical and mental health have spread to and have been accepted by all members of my family. B3 has literally changed my life in ways I never would have imagined joining a “gym” would.

No matter how old you are. The human body was designed to move, and in our modernized, automated society, we move a lot less than our ancestors did. The good news is that there are lots of ways to move to our body. Squat, hinge, push, pull, twist, carry and run. Whether you get your fix by coming to class, playing a sport, or simply playing outside they way you did when you were a kid, making movement a regular part of your day will pay dividends to you as you grow older.

We are so proud of Jenni and it is an honor to have the Laffey family a part of our B3 Community. Jenni, you are an inspiration to us all and we are so glad that you found B3!

You never know how that “Challenge” can change your life. All you have to do is take that first step. Show up. Soak it all in. It just might be the best decision you could ever make for yourself, and your family.

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