Our October Athlete of the Month is Jillian Jaffe! Jillian has been a part of the CFA family for about a year and a half! You’ll mostly find her in the early AM classes, but she tends to hop around, always making fitness a priority in her schedule no matter what else is going on. From day one, she has had an intense drive to grow and reach new goals. She’s been putting in the extra work lately and it shows with all the PRs she’s had! Jillian exemplifies so many of the qualities we look for in an AOM and has shown some awesome progress in her time here. Jillian, the CFA Team is proud to honor you as our October Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this community. Thanks for your all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations!
State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Words to live by?
Basically anything my mama tells me:) But if I had to choose a favorite quote it would be Winston Churchill’s “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
What is your fitness background?
I danced ballet for 23 years before a really bad injury where I broke one side of my entire rib cage. Then, I didn’t do anything for a long time. Picked up weight lifting about 8 years back before I came to CrossFit Austin
How long have you been CrossFitting?
It will be two years this coming April
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I was so afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the workout and in such admiration of all the strong beautiful athletes in the gym:) and that feeling didn’t go away for months. Hahaha! Now I just show up, look at the board and plan my attack
What is your favorite part of CFA?
I would say the community. We are all so supportive, yet push each other in a competitive way. Oh, and my forever teammate Billie <3
Current Training Goals/PRs?
String more double unders together and get a bar muscle up before the open
What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Just keep showing up and using the wonderful coaches that we have a resource. Without the help of our coaches, I would have never made as far as I have today.
What is your cheat meal go to?
Pizza, tacos and then pizza. I mean if you’re going to cheat, get that shit done.
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
The very first open workout this year where I was able to RX the whole thing and not die. I was like, hell yeah lady, you got that!
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
20 pull ups
20 squats @85lbs
20 box jumps
20 RKBS at 52lbs
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I used to be a large scale art conceptualizer and installer for events like Burning Man, Coachella and Bonaroo
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
CrossFit Austin, you are my family. You have given me so much and asked for nothing in return. I love you all and keep pushing!