Name: Jenny Spencer
Full-time Occupation: National Sales Manager at RXBAR
Favorite CrossFit movement: Anywhere I can cycle a barbell
Favorite Workout Song: The Mack (Nevada/Mark Morrison or the original Mark Morrison)
Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD: Grace or DT
Favorite Food: Shrimp
What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach? I was a Zumba/Kickboxing instructor for 7 years before I moved to Chicago. I found CrossFit when I moved here and it had a tremendous impact on my personal life. I had wanted to find somewhere or something to teach again and traded my hip shaking for the barbell by getting my L-1 (and this year my L-2).
What has been your best coaching experience so far? It is not just one, it’s more like multiple each time I coach. It is incredibly rewarding to watch a movement ‘click’ for someone or help someone refine their technique to be able to lift safer and lift more.
If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be? Stick with it and embrace your failures – you are not going to be great day 1 (unless you are like 22…damn you young people). The beauty of this sport is that it humbles you and it motivates you to be the best version of YOU.
Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training? Lock in (or activate) your lats and do accessory work to make them stronger. They are the foundation for a ton of movements.
If “***” was a WOD, what would it be? 2 rounds: 1000m row, 20 S2OH (115/85)
What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve? Gymnastics and Oly lifts. I am trying to correct years of bad foundations, so trying to do a lot of light oly technique work. Gymnastics, well, I have to force myself to practice but see tip above about strengthening your lats.
Who is someone you aspire to be most like? Probably my mom in some aspects. A strong, kind, career-driven woman. I want to make a positive impact on people’s lives no matter how small the interaction.