November 2014 Spotlight Athlete: Jill Heyse
What made you decide to start CrossFit? My daughter Becky has been doing CrossFit for about 5 years. She’s in the Air Force and started it while on a tour in Afghanistan. She would tell me about it and how much she liked it. I always thought, well she’s young she can do that stuff. It wasn’t until my son Bo started CrossFit here @ Strongpoint last summer during his break from college that I really got interested. I saw how much he enjoyed it. He would come home and talk about it and constantly watch Youtube videos about it. He kept telling me “mom I think you would like it and I know you can do it.” I still kept thinking I was too out of shape and too old for it. But after watching the CrossFit Games last summer I was amazed at what great shape everyone was in… even the Masters. So after a few more months of thinking about it I finally decided to email Ryan last Sept and set up an intro. I was so nervous to walk in those doors but once I tried it…I loved It!
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? I’ve gotten so much stronger and my endurance is so much better. Before CrossFit I could never run a mile. I would always run a little then walk a little. I remember last year after just doing CrossFit for a few months I was able to run 3 miles at once. I’ve never been able to do that. CrossFit changes you both physically and mentally…and I love that!
What do you like best about the gym? The friends I’ve made here @ Strongpoint and the coaching. I love that we all think alike when it comes to working out and we all have each other’s back and cheer each other on. All we have to do is show up and be ready to do work…the coaches take care of the rest.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD? Back squats, dead lifts and Tabatas. I also love to do the Hero WODs. My husband is retired Air Force and I have a son and daughter serving in the Air Force now so I 100% support our military and the sacrifices they make.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? Overhead squats, toes to bar and burpees.
What motivates you to show up day after day? The great coaching, friendly competition, encouraging words and just knowing that everyone else is pushing themselves to do their best right alongside you. Also the encouragement I get from my son Bo and husband. They’re my biggest fans. Bo still a year later likes to know what I do for the WOD and is so proud of me when I PR anything.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? An injury (I’ve had a few) will make me think negatively. It’s frustrating, especially the older you are, to bounce back sometimes. But I’ve learned getting my monthly adjustments from Dr Rhett and participating in mobility with Krissy has helped with the fatigue my body gets.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? I’d have to say my 1st rope climb. I honestly never thought I’d make it up that rope. But on just the 2nd time trying I did it with the coaching & help from everyone at the class that day. It felt so good!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Saying the words I can’t. Yes I’ve said them a few times but really try not to use them anymore.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you? Both of my parents died of cancer. My mom was only 63 years old. My dad just passed last year @ 79. I know cancer is unpredictable at times but I’m hoping a healthier lifestyle of doing CrossFit and eating cleaner will help me be around a bit longer. I want to be around for my future grandchildren and be active in their lives.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? Not from Strongpoint but one of my favorites I saw on a FB post. Exercise not only changes your body…it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. Strongpoint CrossFit definitely does that for me!
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? Working on handstand push-ups & toes to bar. Continue with mobility to help with my overhead lifts and try and get double unders…ughhhhhh!
What advice would you give to someone who just started out? Go at your own pace and practice technique before adding weight to your lifts. The mods are there so everyone can do CrossFit. It’s okay if you don’t lift or move as fast as the person next to you. It’s all about getting fit and reaching heights you never imagined.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? Just try it! Being fit makes for a happier life, especially as you age. It’s not all about how you look, even though you want to look good, but more about how you feel. I think CrossFit and a cleaner diet leads to a better outlook on life.
Coach’s Comments: Jill came to us last fall with a relatively good fitness base, but very little exposure to most of the barbell work and some of the more advanced gymnastics work we do in CrossFit. She has always been smart and conservative with her training and has made great strides in virtually every facet of her fitness. Additionally, Jill is a real ambassador for the program and regularly helps along new members during our morning sessions. She competed in Festivus in the spring and more recently participated in the Fall Master’s Functional Fitness League Fast and Furious where she placed seventh place worldwide in her division! Jill also set new personal records in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk along the way. She regularly makes good use of Open Gym times, participates in monthly challenges, and was a huge help during our fall clean up. Jill has become an key member of our morning sessions and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!