This installment of the CrossFit1620 Member Spotlight features Jaclyn Evans. We talked to Jac about her story, here's what she had to say:
Tell us about yourself before joining CrossFit.
"I have always enjoyed some kind of fitness, and I have tried it all. Spinning, kick boxing, bootcamp, running, you name it I have dabbled in it. At some point I would get bored and move onto something else. But being a Mother of two with a full time job, exercise has always been something I needed for my mental and physical well being. Almost five years ago my girlfriend talked me into trying a free Saturday class at CrossFit Hingham. I thought I was in good shape until that day! I can still remember feeling so gassed from a simple metcon with running and body weight movements. I felt awful! But I knew I was hooked. I joined their on ramp (essentials) program and so began my love/hate affair with CrossFit. We had just moved to Plymouth and driving that far for the gym didn't last very long. I struggled to find a box near my house where I felt the coaches had my safety in mind but also where I felt I fit in. Not all affiliates are created equal and I learned that the hard way. I even resorted to buying some equipment and working out at home but struggled to see any real progress."
What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed since joining?
"So many things! I've lost nearly 20 pounds gained after my last pregnancy, all while gaining strength. I'm stronger than I have ever been before. My endurance is the best it's ever been, despite my asthma. But probably most importantly my knowledge of nutrition and my diet are finally on track after years of a negative relationship with food. I learned quickly that unless you're feeding your body the right foods to recover, CrossFit will only get harder."
Jacyln is everything we want in an athlete. She comes no matter what the WOD is and gives it 100%. She RUNS towards her weaknesses and doesn't avoid WODs if they are not her favorite thing. That’s why she is constantly improving. As if that’s not enough, she will always help others finish, and all with that smile! Keep it up "Jac"! So glad to have you at 1620!
What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
"There is really is no one movement or lift that sticks out. Whether it's finally getting comfortable with heavy days, attempting a movement that scares me, or pushing past the point of discomfort during a metcon I am honestly proud anytime I walk through door."
How did you hear about us?
"I saw a car with a CrossFit 1620 bumper sticker on it. I had never heard of it, and I knew of most of the local boxes in Plymouth. I went home and googled it, realized it was less then 10 minutes from my house and knew I had to give it a try. At the time I was at the local YMCA bored out of my mind and contemplating returning to the box I left in the middle of my pregnancy. I was in there taking a class with Coach Brad the following week."
It's a privilege to have Jaclyn as a member of CrossFit 1620. She is one of the most "coachable" athletes I've ever witnessed. She takes what the coaches give to her, and really puts the effort in to take the advice to improve. She also never gets caught up in the "Rx" or scale or not to scale trap that many athletes fight with. She fully understands there's proper ways to progress through movements and has seen the results. We all, whether we admit it or not shy away from weakness at times. Not Jaclyn. I specifically remember a 6am WOD that happened to be a heavy day, she was the only one in class. Worst nightmare, heavy day and the only athlete. Haha. She crushed the day and if I remember correctly she PR'd. That's what it's all about. It's been great to see her grow as an athlete and a member of our community. On top of that, her husband Chris and her 2 Boys Jackson and Nathan are also huge parts of our community. Couldn't imagine things without the Evans clan! Great job Jaclyn and keep up the hard work.
What is your next goal?
"There are many, but overall my goal is to just keep getting stronger and faster. To stay as consistent as I have been since day one and to feel younger and better the older I get. I'm healthier now at 32 then I ever was in my twenties, my goal is to keep that trend going."
What would your perfect WOD look like?
"I am a metcon junkie. Anything with power cleans, over the bar burpees, and box jumps."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or think of giving it a try?
Find the right affiliate. Don't be intimidated by the idea of CrossFit you have in your head. It is for everyone, any age or fitness level. Any movement is scaleable and I think you'll be consistently shocked at what you are capable of. The vast majority of cross fitters aren't trying to go to the games or even RX workouts, we are just trying to live the longest healthiest life possible.
Jac always comes to class with a smile on! She is consistently pushing herself to be the best she can be. She is responsive to coaches feedback as well as driving force of motivation and kindness in the gym.
Any other thoughts?
"I'm honestly just grateful these three families got together and opened CrossFit 1620. This is the third box I've been a member of and I feel like I finally found the right fit for me. I know I'm working with knowledgeable coaches who have my safety in mind first and foremost."
"I love that I can bring my kids and they're learning that exercise can be fun. I love that my oldest is now taking kids classes and my little guy is constantly imitating the movements. I love that my husband is now getting into it and we can workout together. I've made so much progress in the last 9 months, and though I'm the one putting in the work everyday, I owe a lot of it to the coaches and members. They've made working out feel like less of a burden and more of a privilege."
I always like to see Jac walk into class because she exemplifies the traits we look for in our members. I know she's going to be positive, that she's going to take coaching, and that she's there to have fun in addition to getting fit. The growth I've seen in her as an athlete is a direct result of those qualities and makes me even happier every time she gets to ring the PR bell, which is seemingly every class lately.