Member Spotlight: Jordan Clower
If you have not met Jordan Clower, let me tell you a little bit about her fantastic transformation that started in October 2015. Jordan found Crossfit Optimistic with the intention of participating in our nutrition program, Project Genesis. Project Genesis gave Jordan a different way to think about food, changed her nutrition habits, and provided the accountability to stay on track. Little did she know she would LOVE CrossFit too! Now, almost a year later she is CrossFitting regularly. We asked Jordan if she could give us some more info about her life-changing journey.
- What brought you into CrossFit Optimistic?
Brenda [Stewart] has always talked so highly about CrossFit, but not CrossFit Optimistic specifically. It’s really all thanks to her that I started. She convinced me to try Project Genesis; she told me it was only 4 weeks long and that I could pick my own partner! Sneaky Brenda!
- What was the biggest hurdle when you started CrossFit?
I have never been an athlete or someone who enjoys working out so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I don’t have an athletic background. I didn’t even entertain the idea that there were scaling options so it never seemed like an option.
- What surprised you about CrossFit?
Honestly I have been surprised by how much I enjoy it. I don’t feel like I’m going to the gym for a CrossFit workout. It’s not something I dread (unless burpees are involved), like the way I used to dread the gym. I have never had that feeling before when it came to getting in shape.
- What other big changes have you made since starting CrossFit?
The largest changes I’ve made have been with my relationship and food. I look at food now for what it is, fuel. I understand now that for certain workouts I should/shouldn’t eat something if I want to be successful. There are so may things that I used to love and now I can’t bring myself to eat them because I have a better understanding of what it will do to my body and my performance. When I do indulge, it’s something that has to be pretty awesome. I also have a much better relationship with my body and my goals have completely changed. I used to want to be skinny and that’s it. Now I want to be strong. My goals are not just focused on weight loss.
- What advice or words of wisdom would you pass on to folks considering joining a CrossFit program?
That, seriously, if I can do it, anyone can! Just give it a shot.