Jane is a Masters athlete, school teacher and a coach. Despite not exercising at all before CrossFit, this year she made it to the Qualifiers and climbed 62 places to finish 128th in the World (50-54).
How old are you, Jane?
I am 51.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and where do you train?
I was lucky enough to start at CrossFit Cardiff in 2012. I moved to England a year later and just weightlifted for the next two years as I didn’t live near a box. I began CrossFit again in December 2015 when we opened CrossFit Aylesbury.
What are the other commitments in your life?
I work full time as a teacher at a secondary specialist provision in Hertfordshire. The majority of our young people have Autism as their primary need, others SEMH and some have a combination of both. It is a very rewarding job and really enjoy it. CrossFit Aylesbury is a family box, so I also coach there and help out with the day to day running of the box.
What keeps you coming back for more?
I did absolutely no exercise before I was bullied into trying CrossFit by my son. I smoked for 20 odd years and was frighteningly unfit – CrossFit has literally given me a whole new lease of life. I love the sense of community and pulling together and that no day is the same as another.
What achievements are you most proud of?
My son, Owen.
How has the Open / Qualifiers been for you?
I loved doing the Open under the Friday night lights – the atmosphere was amazing. So many people pushed themselves to achieve things they never thought they would – myself included. The qualifiers were tough – a real test of strength and fitness. Loathe though I am to admit it, I did actually quite enjoy them. Apart from the Deadlifts – I think I was the only person in the world who did the HSPU’s quicker than the deadlifts.
What are your strengths?
I suppose my lifts – relative to my size I have a good clean and jerk and snatch. My squat is also ok.
What are your weaknesses?
Fitness!! I know I have a long way to go to catch up with the other amazing masters athletes, particularly those who have been sporty most of their lives.….. and whilst my lifts are good relative to my size, I am small at 51 kilos and sometimes I struggle with heavier stuff. And my mental game is shocking…. as is my diet…
What are your goals for 2017 now the Open is over?
I am hoping to compete (all being well!) at the European Masters Weightlifting Championships in Halmstad in August.
Who does your programming?
I WOD in classes at the box and try and follow the box weightlifting club programme a couple of times a week.
Can we find you on social media? Who do you follow on social media that you’d recommend to others?
What supplements do you swear by?
Umm…. I try and remember to take Omega 3 but that’s it really.
What advice would you give to a Master just starting out in CrossFit?
Just enjoy it and don’t put limits on yourself – have a go, you might surprise yourself. I know I did.
“The man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life” Muhammad Ali