Jenn’s Story

22
Dec

Jenn’s Story

Regular classes are still on for this morning, but CROSSFIT KIDS IS CANCELED for this afternoon.

I’m proud to say that I’ve been an athlete my entire life, since the day I was coordinated enough to run. In my teens I found my calling to play a sport called Rugby. It had everything a girl could ever dream of. I played competitively for college, university, provincial and national teams.

Now, every athlete would agree that there’s nothing more depressing than an injury of any sort. Whether it can be physically seen (like a broken leg) or internal felt (like a concussion or muscle tear) – it’s devastating to put something you love so much on pause to “get healthy.”

In 2009, after 20 years of being “injury-free” I experienced something very humbling as a stubborn athlete (one who was in denial of every previous injury). One night, after playing a day of rugby I went to bed (with no pain, seriously) and woke up to mind-blowing painful numbness in my arms. I couldn’t believe it. Being the stubborn athlete that I am, I shook it off and went back to bed. The next day the numbness progressively got worse and it took a good convincing from the Athletic Therapist to get me to go to the Emergency… Soon after, the verdict was in and my back was broken.

Three years passed of “ZERO tolerance” for physical activity, numerous appointments with doctors, specialists, and therapists. I went from 150 healthy pounds to 180+ in a blink. I lost my muscle, strength, mobility and became a big ball of nerve damage.

Thankfully, after a grand total of 9 MRIs, my awesome Neuro finally cleared me to finally get back on the horse and be an athlete again. [Walks in] CrossFit.

Since joining CFM in the fall of 2012 (thanks to knowing Kevin) my life has been complete. I’ve lost 30+lbs with substantial muscle gains, I am physically and mentally stronger than I have ever been, and most importantly, my numbness has gone from a painful “9.9” to an occasional “1.5” tickle. It’s been a constant battle every AMRAP, EMOTM or stupid 5k run to “Be a Stronger Jenn”. That’s my only goal. CrossFit is a huge part of my lifestyle and it’s something that will stay with me for many years to come. Since breaking my back and joining CFM, I’ve achieved more than ever imagined. I ran 5k under 30min (I hate running and previously could never run without my arms going numb), I completed a 18-20k Tough Mudder and I was not only able to play Women’s Rugby again – but I also played Women’s Contact Football the same season. (Boo-ya!)

I will never be able to thank Kevin, Jo, M-N & all the trainers at CFM enough for helping me in so many ways. You’re all an inspiration, a pleasure to WOD with and most importantly the key to my successful, safe and healthy rehabilitation. When I look back, I’m thankful for what I’ve experienced rather than bitter… it’s made me who I am today, a smarter athlete, who appreciates her health.

Annie’s Twisted Sister

10-20-30-40-50 reps
Pushups
Double Unders

Compare to May 25/13

Then, practice L-sits and Rope Climbs

jb

26 Responses

  1. Amanda

    Jenn we are so proud of you, you are an amazing person and athlete. Your progress has been staggering, I can’t wait to see what you’re going to accomplish next!

  2. Heidi

    Many would whine & make an injury like yours an excuse for inactivity of any sorts, let alone CrossFit. You give it all every workout & you are an inspiration. Congrats on overcoming your injury.

  3. Lora

    Thanks for sharing your story, Jenn. You have overcome so much, and we never hear you complain (well, unless there are sled drags….LOL). I am so happy you are once again able to do all the things you love. You are truly an inspiration and such a positive person to be around. We are so lucky to have you at CFM 🙂

  4. Steph L

    Mobility
    WUx1:
    500m Row
    10 Pushups
    10Pullups (Strict)
    10 Lunges
    10 Burpees

    WOD: “Annie’s Twisted Sister”
    10-20-30-40-50
    Pushups
    Double Unders

    Time: 14:19 Rx

    Cashout: L-Sit (Rings) & 2 Rope Climbs

    Thanks Corinna great class!!

  5. Valerie Arseneau

    Mobility
    WUx1:
    500m Row
    2x
    10 Pushups
    10Pullups (Strict)
    10 Lunges
    10 Burpees

    WOD: “Annie’s Twisted Sister”
    10-20-30-40-50
    Pushups
    Double Unders

    Time: 18:52 Rx

    I simply could not go faster! Muscle weren’t having it lol.

    Cashout: was supposed to be some snow shoeing, but roads were nasty so I went home instead of at my cousin’s. Did some shovelling.

  6. Chris

    Mobility
    WUx1:
    500m Row
    2x
    10 Pushups
    10Pullups (Strict)
    10 Lunges
    10 Burpees

    WOD: “Annie’s Twisted Sister”
    10-20-30-40-50
    Pushups
    Double Unders

    Time: 11:10

    Great class Corinna!! and great story Jenn you’re a true inspiration 🙂

  7. Spencer

    Mobility
    WUx1:
    500m Row
    2x
    10 Pushups
    10Pullups (Strict)
    10 Lunges
    10 Burpees

    WOD: “Annie’s Twisted Sister”
    10-20-30-40-50
    Pushups
    Double Unders

    Time: 13;11

    Strung together 48 double unders on the last one! Great class Corinna!

  8. Corinna

    Did the WOD after the 11:00 a.m. class by myself.

    Annie’s Twister Sister: RX

    10:20

    PR: 59 seconds

    2 rope climbs….yeah!

    Coach Rodgers was super impressed with the quality of everyone’s HRPU’s today….smiles…

  9. Laura K

    Annie’s Twisted Sister.
    10 20 30 40 50 push ups (with small purple band)
    30 60 90 120 150 single skips
    15:28
    Fun morning. It was nice seeing some folks I have not seen in awhile. Thanks Corinna.
    Jenn thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad you were able to work out again. That time period must have been terrible!
    It has been great getting to know you. We are lucky to have you.

  10. Jenn Brander

    Thanks for the love all.

    I couldn’t be happier at CFM.

    Wod :
    10-20-30-40-50 hrpu
    30-60-90-120-150 singles

    19: something? I forget.

  11. Craig H

    Group mob
    Annie’s twisted sister
    10-20-30-40-50
    Hand release push ups
    DU
    Time: 17:57rx

    Glad I was able to finish this one without modifying.

  12. Jeremy L

    Mobility
    Wu X 1
    Group Wu

    Annies twisted sister
    10-20-30-40-50
    Push ups
    Double unders
    Rx : 15:42

    Last time was 16.30 and scaled to singles.

    Fun class Corinna !

  13. Jackie

    Mob
    Pull ups
    Push ups
    Lunges
    Burppes

    Wood
    Twisted Annie
    30 60 90 120 150 singles
    10 20 30 40 50 push up
    Time: 11:37 PR of 10 seconds!

    Great class Corinna!

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