March Athlete of the Month: Jayme Gordon

Congratulations to Jayme Gordon, Rising’s March Athlete of the Month.  Very humbly and quietly, Jayme put together an incredible CrossFit Open performance this past month, turning in impressive scores on 16.1 and 16.5  and even knocking out multiple rounds of bar muscle-ups on workout 16.3.  An early riser, Jayme can be found sprinting outside in sub 30 degree temperatures at the 5:30 am speed/endurance classes, or swinging on the bars with ease and tackling the daily CrossFit workout with the regular 5:30 am crew.  Get to know a little more about her story by checking out her answers below. 

Date you started crossfit: I started crossfit in March 2013.

Day job: I like to think of myself as the CEO of Olivia, Sean, Ella & Jack Gordon. However, after 11 years at this gig I am pretty certain they are the CEOs of me.  I also teach Preschool gymnastics at the YMCA.

Athletic background:  As far back I can remember I have been in a gym. When I was 3 years old my parents enrolled me in gymnastics. I ate, slept and breathed gymnastics until about the age of 10. After that it became more of a recreation sport for me. In high school, I joined the track team and discovered another favorite sport. I also joined my first gym while in high school. I would start my morning at 5:30 in the gym and then head to school.  All these years later, 5:30am is still my favorite time to workout. I guess it’s true what they say, “old habits die hard”.

What made you decide to start crossfit?  I decided to start crossfit because I loved the variety it offered. I quickly realized it incorporated my two favorite sports, gymnastics and running, so I was hooked.

Favorite crossfit movement:  My favorite crossfit movements are toes to bar, wall balls, most box jump movements, except burpee box jumps.

Least favorite crossfit movement: My least favorite movements are overhead squats and snatch.

What do you love most about crossfit?  I love the way it challenges me physically and mentally. Socially, I love the community. I love how everyone comes together and supports each other’s efforts. I have met a lot of wonderful people at Rising.

 What comes easily to you in crossfit?  Hah! “Easy” and “crossfit” are two words I never thought I’d see in the same sentence. The gymnastic movements and any type of running come most easily for me.

What is your biggest challenge with crossfit?  The Olympic lifts and heavier weight is what I find the biggest challenge and where I struggle the most.   However, they are the most rewarding when I see the slightest bit of improvement. Overall, everything is a challenge but that is why I keep coming back. I love the challenge.