Name: Jessica Pittman

Age: 34

Occupation: High School Teacher

Deadlift Max: 250

Back-squat Max: 200 

Got Muscle-ups? Not yet, just did my first Chest-to-Bars, but this is an eventual goal

1 mile run: sub 7, (it’s been a while, guess I need to do it again!)

Favorite WOD: Anything with Double Unders and Snatches, Nancy is my JAM!! (running and overhead squats :))

Favorite Lift: Squat Snatches: There is such a cool feeling when you hit this lift just right. Technique is key and I’m constantly focused on what I am doing to lift the bar properly

How long have you been CrossFitting? My four year anniversary with CLCF will be this June.  I did CrossFit at another location in Pearland for about 6 months but didn’t stick with  CrossFit consistently until joining at CLCF.

Which class time do you usually attend? During the school year 4:30.  Summers and Breaks: 8 am. Sometimes 3:30 and more recently, Sundays as well

How did you find CrossFit? I first attended CLCF after an invitation from a co-worker, Joey Segura.  At a summertraining, I noticed this massive bandage on his hand.  He showed me his “rip” (possibly from Murph?) and then started talking about how much he loved working out at CLCF.  I had been running and lifting at school so I joined him for a free trial class and have been coming here ever since.

What is your athletic background? Growing up, I was an athlete. SOCCER, gymnastics (wish I had stuck with that a little longer now), swimming, cross country/track.  In high school, I went straight soccer: school and club, and played soccer for 2 years at Texas Lutheran University until I tore my second ACL.  Since that time, I have had periods of fitness and periods of weight gain. It’s been a battle but I am currently winning.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has had such a positive influence on my life.  It has introduced me to some wonderful people here at CLCF, a loving, fitness centered family.  CrossFit has helped me to be more intentional with my time and my lifestyle choices, such as my eating habits aka fuel, and changed my priorities from relaxing on the couch to fitness and growing as a person.  Now that I have a child, CrossFit is “Mommy Time,” the time I set for me to focus on myself and what I need. CrossFit challenges me every day, mentally and physically, to be better at fitness and be better at life. It has helped me to improve my mindset and changed the way I approach challenges in life so I am constantly trying to be “gooder” (go read Ben Bergeron’s book, “Chasing Excellence” – it’s amazing)

What motivates/inspires you? My son.  I want to show him the importance of fitness in your life, how much fun it is to be active, and that hard sustained work at a task is required to get better.  I also want to be able to kick his butt at workouts for as long as possible because at some point in time, he is going to be stronger and faster than me 🙂 

What is your proudest (CF) achievement? All of the FIRSTS: my first pull up, handstand push-up, and most recently chest-to-bar, making the board for a Benchmark workout (Thanks Nancy, coming for you Fight Gone Bad)

Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit. Only one?!?!  The most obvious goal would be muscle-ups but another goal I have would be to eventually start coaching. I love helping people learn new things and I am passionate about the importance of fitness, especially CrossFit.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? I spend a lot of time with my son, my dogs, my boyfriend, and my family. We love watching baseball (Go Astros! and for Matt, Go Rangers, I guess…), being outside, and eating dinner together as a family. I don’t get to do it very often, but live music on a patio with a cold beer is one of my favorite things.

What is your favorite cheat meal? Anything savory: chips and salsa, pizza, hamburger and French fries

Any advice for new members? 1. Never miss a Monday.  Studies have shown you are more likely to stick with workouts during the week if you workout on Monday. 

2. Focus on YOU and what you can do. Comparing yourself to others can be very discouraging. Ultimately, CrossFit is about doing YOUR best, whatever that is, and knowing that through hard work and dedication you can always get better.  As you stick with it, you will constantly be surprised at how far you can go and be reminded of how much better you have become.

3. Listen to your Coaches and ask for help if you don’t know what to do. Holly knows what she is talking about and she sees what we are capable of, sometimes more than what we think we are capable of (like when she told me to load 105 for a hang snatch workout and I looked at her like she was crazy but I did it and, guess what, SHE WAS RIGHT! or when Andy told me I didnt need 2 pads on the wall for handstand push ups, I was in my head about it, and guess what, HE WAS RIGHT!)

Have you met Pukie? Never, and I don’t want to

Photo Creds: Rob Salinas

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