To understand Jesy a bit more, you need to hear the story of her first pull-up. Back in 2016, Jesy was in a minor car accident:
I was in a minor car accident which resulted in a disc herniation in my lower back. Doctors were telling me I would likely have to have back surgery.
She continued to show up to classes on a regular basis anyway. That should tell you a lot about Jesy’s character and dedication. When it would have been easy to sit out for months, she stayed consistent and worked around her limitations.
While she worked through her injury, coaches found creative ways for her to join the class. Since she couldn’t run, she became very familiar with the rower.
Because I couldn’t run during that time, every time there was running in a workout, I was on the rower. And, every time rowing was in the workout, I was still on the rower.
Fast-forward six months (and a LOT of rowing), she’s “messing around” on the pull-up rig. And voila!
After six months of not being able to run (and therefore rowing… a LOT), I was messing around on the pull-up rig and quite unexpectedly did my first strict pull-up! I was stunned.
The funny thing was – it wasn’t because I had been working on pull-ups. It was because I showed up and was encouraged to do what I could with what I had during a time when what I had wasn’t much. It was a side effect of six months of rowing. My hard work paid off – in a very unexpected way.
Now that you know that story, I need to share another one with you. A few weeks ago, Jesy was at the Western Stock Show here in Colorado and stopped by the United States Marine Corps both for a little competition – how many pull-ups can you knock out at one time? She walked away with a free t-shirt for completing six perfect pull-ups.
Hard work does indeed pay off. Jesy definitely puts in the hard work!
The best part about CrossFit Undeniable is the community that’s willing to put in the hard work right next to you and cheer you on when it gets tough. Jesy reminisced about one such memory after a grueling WOD.
There was one workout that was particularly challenging – one of those long chipper WODs where you just want to collapse on the floor when you are done.
But on this day, in this class, the first couple people who were done came back and started doing the remainder of the workout with the people who hadn’t finished yet. Then, the next ones to finish did the same. In the end, the entire class was there, doing those last painful burpees with the person who was finishing last. I can’t even begin to describe the immense sense of support and community that day.
That sense of community is a large reason she landed at CrossFit Undeniable in the first place. She started doing CrossFit nine months before moving from Minnesota to Colorado. After trying six different boxes in the area, she and her husband (Troy, another awesome member) landed on CrossFit Undeniable.
Undeniable’s strong community was evident from the beginning. Members and coaches were welcoming and supportive. I loved the fact that people of all ages and athletic abilities were working side by side, cheering each other on.
Now, Jesy is looking to grow in a different way – as a coach.
CrossFit has made such a profound and positive difference in my life. I hope to one day be a part of that impact for others as a coach. To that end, last year I earned my CrossFit Level 1 and took a number of other CrossFit certificate courses. This year I am continuing to expand my knowledge, improve my own skills and abilities while also starting to learn and practice coaching.
It’s fun to see athletes reap the benefits of CrossFit from a physical and psychological standpoint – more strength and endurance, increased confidence, etc. It’s even more inspiring when they can create that same experience for others.
Congrats Jesy on all of your success thus far. We’re looking forward to watching how you apply the knowledge you’ve gained over the next months, years, and more!