Athlete of the Month, January 2017
Jessica Wood, 29, Special Education Teachers of Students with Autism, Royal Oak
When did you start at Crossfit Reviver?: 09/01/2015
What is your athletic background?: Growing up I was always pretty athletic. Played soccer through middle school and high school. (was also a cheerleader, does that count?) Once I graduated high school I started running and became obsessed. Running has always been one of my favorite things to do!
What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement?: Am I crazy for liking burpees..? Oh yeah, handstands… handstands are a great time. I always like the workouts that make you feel like you’re either going to literally die during the workout or where you can’t move for a few minutes afterwards. I like high intensity where I have the chance to challenge myself. I’ve been starting to really enjoy working on Olympic lifts as well. My least favorite thing on earth is that bike, kills me every time.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related: Personally, I would have to say being a mom to my 5 year old son Bronx. I always strive to set a positive example for him on the importance of being healthy and taking care of yourself. I want him to see that even though I’m his mom, I am strong and work hard no matter what obstacles life throws our way. Professionally, I have been continuously working hard on furthering my career. Completing my Master of Arts in Special Education was a major accomplishment for myself. Having the opportunity to work with students with autism every day can be challenging but extremely rewarding at the same time. Fitness related, I have made many accomplishments that I’m proud of! I’ve ran about 15 half marathons, 2 full marathons and went through the intensity of training for a 50 mile ultra marathon (which unfortunately, I ended up not running). I like to take on challenges to push myself physically. Joining Crossfit Reviver has challenged me in ways that I never thought possible. I never imagined that I could do the things I am able to do now. It’s amazing to me how hard work and time pays off. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be able to deadlift 200 pounds or do a handstand walk for 25 feet. So many fun things!
Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so?: Absolutely!! I cannot express how much CFR has changed my life. Prior to joining I was heavy and was in a very dark place. After I joined I changed my nutrition and started setting goals for myself. Not only have I lost all of my excess weight (even have little nugget muscles now) but my overall sense of well-being has improved as well. I have met some amazing people (pop, lock and squat it crew) and lifelong friends who really push me and have been so supportive. I am a million times happier and healthier than I’ve ever been before! I never realized how having an amazing community of people could have such a positive impact on my life and working out. Lots of amazing people! Yay!
What are your hobbies?: I love to run and count that as a hobby. Being a mommy to Bronx. I enjoy reading and drinking coffee. I love reading anything history related. I enjoy reading research in autism. I have a subscription to the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis…always a good read. I absolutely love to cook and bake. If I could bake cupcakes every single day I would. Unicorns and glitter are also a hobby of mine.(of course)
What are your Top 5 favorite movies?: Oh my, top 5 favorite movies? Let’s see Fight Club, Stupid Crazy Love, Dumbo, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Sex and The City. (although I like many many more movies)
What is one thing we don’t know about you?: One thing…? I have a massive collection of tutus in almost every single color. You never know when life calls for a tutu. oh and I have a ton of glitter too… like sooo much glitter, A LOT.
What are your goals in life? Personal, professional and fitness related: Personally, one goal I always have for myself is to always make sure I put other people before myself. Doing things for others and being a person that anyone can confide in and talk to will always be a goal for myself. I like to make people laugh and make it okay to be weird and quirky no matter what the situation. I hope to make a positive impact on at least one person before I die one day. Life is just super fun! People tend to focus so much on negative things in our world today and taking time to spread some love and goodness (and glitter) is so very important to me. Professionally, I have a lot more school in my future. I plan on going back to school next fall to work towards a second Masters in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. I plan on becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with individuals with autism. Within the next 10 years I plan on working on my Doctorate too! One day, I’d like to own a private outreach program that provides underprivileged and low-income individuals with autism and their families with advocacy services, ABA services and community help as well. There aren’t enough resources for low-income families with autism and I want to be able to provide the best services available no matter what financial circumstances a family may be in. My heart will always be in the world of autism. Fitness related goal for myself, well I want to continue to improve my overall health and push myself. With the start of a new year, I am dedicated and focused on setting short-term and long-term goals. I am excited to see where I physically take myself this next year. I love a good challenge!! Yay!