1.) What’s Your Name/Age? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
My name is Janeese Carter – I’m 43. I grew up in North Jersey, but have lived in PA since 2000. So of course I’m a converted Eagles fan. I am a Pharmaceutical Marketer and have been in Pharmaceuticals since 2005.
2.) How long have you been doing CrossFit? Do you remember your first workout?
My first class was June 13th – so about 3 ½ months. My first workout was a Metcon for time with box jumps, kettlebell swings, wall balls, sit ups and pull ups, and double unders in between each. What a first workout! Needless to say it was heavily scaled – I couldn’t jump on a box, squat very well, and certainly couldn’t do double unders. I hadn’t done sit ups in years due to an injury so I know I opted for push ups.
3.) What is your FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE CrossFit moves/lifts?
Favorite CrossFit moves are rope climbs, box jumps, deadlifts, jump rope (singles) and tire flips.
Least Favorite: Cleans!, Cleans!, Cleans!, Did I say Cleans? 🙂 Also, the Airbike!
4.) Do you have any favorite or lucky numbers we can incorporate into your workout (ie. birthdays, anniversaries, etc)?
3 – Number of kids I have
16 – Years I’ve been married
7 – The Lord’s Number
5.) What does CrossFit mean to you – ie. positive impact on life? Significant changes? Things you’re proud of along your journey?
To me, CrossFit shatters those self-imposed limits we all put on ourselves, whether in fitness or in our broader lives. Every time I get to the gym I look forward to being better/stronger/faster than I was the last time I was there. It means knowing and believing that regardless of age, limitations, circumstances you can always improve for the better. When I got to BTG, I couldn’t hang from a bar, straighten my arm or even do sit ups. Old injuries along with fear and complacency had both physically and psychologically stunted me. Prior to CrossFit I had been gradually coming to accept that being out of shape and unhappy with my physique was just the way it would be after turning 40, having 3 kids and not seeming to have time to take care of myself. CrossFit gave me the avenue to rediscover my inner athlete, challenge my own thinking of the limits I place on myself, and significantly improve my physique and endurance. Three and a half months after my first workout, I’ve gone down a size, I can squat thrust 95 lbs, do handstand kick ups, jump on a 20” box and fearlessly do sit ups when they’re on the menu. I’m proud of all the progress I’ve made but I’m most proud that I had the courage to enter and complete a Crossfit Workout/5K without stopping, and place 28 out of 57 in my first CrossFit comp.
6.) What’s your biggest CrossFit goal right now?
I’m gunning to do handstand push ups and kipping pull-ups – the theme here is my upper body strength needs to improve. I’d like to start hitting Rx on the workouts vs. always scaling.
7.) What’s your favorite cheat meal / treat?
Choco-Love Dark chocolate bar with sea salt and almonds and Dark Chocolate NonPareils. Also french fries & wings!
8.) Did you play any sports / activities growing up?
I played tennis from the time I was 7, and started competing when I was 9. It was a character building experience for me as I spent most of my childhood trudging through NJ, NY playing tournaments. It led to a great high school career and eventually to D1 tennis at the collegiate level
9.) What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?
I watched SOOO many movies growing up so am a HUGE movie fan (esp 80’s movies) – I will often answer normal questions or conversation with lines from movies or shows. To that point, I can rap the entire Revenge of the Nerds finale song (Clap your hands everybody, and everybody clap your hands :))
10.) Are you excited for Eagles season?
Is this a serious question? YES!
11.) What’s your favorite song to workout to?
Right Above It – by Lil Wayne & Drake (Ballers Intro!)
12.) Any funny CF stories that might be fun to share with the class?
We were doing a partner workout alternating thrusters and box jumps, the partner who was waiting had to hold a medicine ball and not let it down or else burpees! When I was doing the thrusters, I nailed myself with the barbell and cut my lip. My partner and I switched and since I didn’t want to do burpees, I walked around the gym refusing to let go of my wall ball, while looking for a tissue to wipe my bleeding lip with.
Stay tuned for Janeese’s member video later this month.