Athlete of the Month

Congrats Jenny on being our next Athlete of the Month

First, tell me a little bit about yourself!

My name is Jenny Kakasuleff and I was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. I currently reside in Danville, IN. I am 33 years old and unmarried with no children or pets, but I do have a couple of plants. I’ve played a variety of sports, but basketball and softball are the two that I most excelled at. I am currently involved in obstacle course racing and hope to eventually complete a full marathon and a half Iron Man. (Also read this great post by Jenny)

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I used to be about 70 lbs overweight. I lost 85 lbs primarily through walking/running, but I was not strong. In addition to all the fat I lost, I’d run off all of my muscle. I was “skinny fat” and had no booty. I wanted to get into obstacle course racing, but I lacked the strength to do most of the obstacles on my own. Many of my friends were doing Crossfit and posting some major gains, so I decided to try it out.

What was your first WOD/experience?

CINDY – I learned a good lesson on pacing myself that day.

When did you start coming to CrossFit 317?

October 2013

Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?

Crossfit 317 is the only affiliate where I’ve been a member.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?

After the first kick-off class. Prior to signing up, I had no idea what to expect, but I was impressed with the coach’s involvement throughout class to ensure that my form was correct and that I was challenging myself. The members are supportive of each other, but there is also friendly competition, which encourages me to add weight or try things that I wouldn’t have done on my own.

What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?

My short-term goals: improve my lift form and RX all workouts

My long-term goal: compete alongside the best athletes and do well – even if I don’t take a podium spot

What is your biggest accomplishment?

In Crossfit: learning to climb a rope

In Life: perseverance – I’m not a quitter

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?

Favorite WOD: Hatch Squat Cycle

Least Favorite WOD: Murph

Favorite Movement: Snatch

Least Favorite Movement: Double Unders

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?

Marketing Manager for a software development company that specializes in health information technology. My primary responsibilities include managing our social media channels, public relations, and the company blog as well as writing case studies and other marketing assets.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

I like being outdoors and use the warmer months to train for obstacle course races with hiking, running, and weighted climbs. I like reading, painting, and writing. I created a policy blog where I write mostly about health care laws.

Do you eat Paleo or Zone?

I’ve been loosely following Eat to Perform guidelines. I try to eat mostly whole foods, but also have carbs based on when and how much physical activity I’ll be engaging in.

What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?

Paleo: chili

Non-paleo: pasta (I don’t get to eat it often)

Do you use any supplements?

Protein shakes.

Give me 3 fun facts about you!

1. I enjoy watching C-SPAN.
2. I was Miss Whitestown in 1996.
3. My dream is to write for The Daily Show.

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