Discover how “future-Jenn” helps “present-Jenn” rock her workouts

Member Profile – Jennifer Burrell

Hometown: Brevard, NC

Age: 40

Occupation: PR and Marketing

First FitWit class (date): October 24, 2015

Tell us about any sports & fitness background: I was sportsy in high school and played rugby in college. Since having kids, though, I was lucky to get in a walk with the dog. I’d train for various events like the Peachtree Road Race, but once they were done, so was I.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting FitWit?  I have lowered my body fat percentage and greatly increased my lean muscle mass. The numbers on the scale haven’t shifted as much as my mental status has, and I don’t even care, I just love the feeling of being strong.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected?  I wondered if the price tag would be worth it. I wondered if I’d stick it out for a few months, then fizzle into a quiet retreat. What’s happened, though, is that FitWit is the best money I spend all month. It’s valuable to me not just for the health and fitness aspect, but for the community and group of friends who have similar goals and struggles and value the time in the gym.

Why do you FitWit? I FitWit to make Lisa Dunn crazy. That’s a worthwhile goal in itself, but it also makes me feel stronger physically and mentally. It anchors my day.

Favorite workouts? Rowing! I’ll row anywhere with anyone! I love what Zoe Scala calls the Dirty Dozen – 90 seconds at 90%, then 90 second paddle, repeated 12 times. You want to fall on the floor and die afterwards and it feels great.

Least favorite workouts? I don’t even know what it was called. It was something involving Kathryn and handstands and TRX straps. It ended poorly at the time.

Three words to describe you: Loyal, potty-mouthed friend.

Any favorite FitWit moments? If I live for 100 years, nothing with ever be more mortifying or inspiring than my first TRX class with Erin. I was a surprise drop-in, so she’d planned for her expert regulars. There was lots of in and out of the straps, funky moves, and quick transitions. I kept up as much as I could, but after class lay down on the floor and said, “I just don’t think that this is for me…..” She was so encouraging, asking me to promise to come to her next class and she’d teach me everything I needed to know. Erin made good on her promise and now I love my TRX classes, too.

Fitness Goals? Keep on keeping on! I want to continue to make slow, steady progress in my strength and quality of movement. Eventually, I will to do a real, full pull-up. I’m thinking 2019 will be the Year of Jenn’s Pull Up. Mark your calendars, people!

Words to live by (Favorite Quote)? “Old age is a powerful disguise.” Katherine Applegate. Or, “I think cheese is by best friend.” Catie, my daughter at 3 years old.

Something cool we don’t know about you?  I have completed two full manuscripts for middle grade fiction novels. They are still on a thumb drive in my desk drawer because I’m afraid to submit them for publication.

Anything else you’d care to share? Remembering how I feel after a workout often helps me get over to the gym. Future-Jenn reminds present-Jenn that it is ALWAYS worth it.