Athlete of the Month, May 2016


Name, Age, Occupation, City: Jeanne Ward, 44, Retired Doctor of Audiology/at-home mom, Rochester Hills 

When did you start at Crossfit Reviver? 11/01/2015

What is your athletic background? Competitive runner in high school, placed 4th and 6th in Class A state finals for 400m and 2 mile relay. Other than that, not much athletic background. I stopped enjoying running sometime around mid college career. Once I left the career world, I vowed to get back in shape as I had gained 20 lbs over the years.

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD / movement? Favorite: rowing. Least favorite: burpees of course!

What is your greatest accomplishment? Personal, professional and fitness related. 

Personal and professional tie together….completing Doctor Degree in Audiology and starting my own private practice shortly after graduating. Personally, since I battle some low self esteem issues, this was something I had to accomplish literally every day-tell myself I was smart enough to succeed. Which I did. Grew one of the most successful audiology private clinics in our area. As for fitness, I guess at this point it is that I have been consistent in my workouts for almost 3 years and am so much more confident as a result.

Has CFR made you better? If yes, how so? Definitely! I have learned a tremendous amount about weight lifting and proper form. I have gained a lot of strength. When I first started at Lifetime, I could not even struggle through one push up! Today I can do sets of 10 strict before wanting to cry.

What are your hobbies? I am dog crazy. Like it is pathological. I just started volunteering at the Detroit Animal Rescue and will be a volunteer for Teacher’s Pet, a non-profit that teaches at-risk youth how to train shelter dogs. Much like the prison dog program. I have 2 boxer dogs and love to take long leisurely walks with them. I enjoy reading and horseback riding. And of course exercising.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I was able to retire at the ripe age of 41.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies? Hmmmmm….Shawshank Redemption. I know there are plenty more that I loved but my memory sucks and is failing me now…

What are your goals in life? Personal: to raise a healthy daughter-healthy emotionally, spiritually and physically. Professional: to not have to work for money again  Fitness: keep my health a priority and keep gaining in confidence and strength.