Jessica!

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If you haven’t met her you are missing out.  Jessica Bruckman is our little social butterfly, who makes friends with anyone that walks into our box doors.  But don’t let that fool you, she is a bonafide beast when it comes to the WOD.  Jessica grew up in North Carolina and moved to the South Bay in 2011.  She attended NC State, with Russell Wilson (she wanted to add) for graphic design and now works at Raytheon doing social media and communications.  She, just like most of our athletes, wandered into our box seeking a new challenge and  an escape from the dull of a ‘normal’ globo-gym routine.  Jessica started just about where all of us did in fundies and progressed to the regular class setting goals every step of the way.  I remember one of her first goals was to RX a WOD and it didn’t take her very long to get there. If you spend much time in the box, you will see her and the rest of the 5pm crew putting in work, POSTWOD! Weather its a 1 mile run or just some ab work you’ll see Zylah, Jordan, G, Megan, Joseph, Ben C and of course Jessica working really hard.  All that extra work has paid off, as Jessica continues to smash through goals and carried Salt (:P) to the top of the podium at last years Gruesome Twosome competition.  Without further adieu, its my pleasure to present our next athlete spotlight: Jessica Bruckman
CrossFit BFFs

CrossFit BFFs

How long have you been CrossFitting and what got you started?

I started CrossFit in February 2013. I did an intro class at another CrossFit box (that I’m not going to name) a few months before I did fundies at LAX, and it was just not for me, so I kept doing my gym thing. My first “big girl” class at LAX was February 11, 2013.
I decided to give CrossFit another shot after my husband and I moved near the box. The regular gym just wasn’t working for me any more; I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted and I wasn’t enjoying going. And I honestly wanted to join a box because I was hoping to make friends outside of work…I figured getting in shape at the same time would be a good thing too.
What is your favorite WOD/lift/skill? What movement is your least favorite and why?
I’m really liking cleans lately, maybe because I finally broke into triple digits. I also really like the WODs that have running. My least favorite movements are the gymnastics movements…I’m not very flexible at all, it’s a big weakness of mine. I have a love/hate relationship with the Hero WODs – I love what they stand for.

What are your CrossFit goals?

I have a few goals for 2014. I’d like to get double unders and some of the other skills. A big goal for me is to be able to touch my toes…sad but true. Another goal is to RX five WODs in a row – I’ve gotten up to 4 in a row! So hopefully that will happen soon.

Eating, paleo of course!

Eating, paleo of course!

If you weren’t doing CrossFit, you’d be…

Probably about 5 sizes bigger and frustrated as to why. Or going to Equinox and eating awfully and being miserable.

 

Has CrossFit changed your life? How?

CrossFit has totally changed my life in a lot of different ways. I feel like I’ve gained a great family here. I was born and raised in the South, so moving here was really difficult for me for a while. Everyone at this box is so supportive and genuinely great; from the coaches to the people. Megan, Pa’ana, G, Matt Weave, Nadia, Ben, Joseph, Jordan, Zy, Adrian…they all take care of each other and its so nice to have a network of people who really care about you and how you’re doing.

CrossFit has also been a huge influence on my health. I used to be a big fan of the treadmill and I would use, max, 10lb weights. I still have a set of 5lb dumbells, which is pretty hilarious now.
I started playing around with paleo (before the challenge) and that lead to finding out that I have celiac. Getting healthy has been a huge, amazing life change and I don’t think I would have ever realized what was going on if I hadn’t been introduced to paleo at the box. Palmer has been a great resource and super encouraging about that, which is really nice. I’m probably in the best shape of my life now, from a fitness perspective and a pure health perspective.

You’re very athletic, do you have any sports background?
I swam competitively for eight years through the end of high school (varsity for four years). I started running a lot in college as a way to keep the beer/booze gut away, and played intramural co-ed soccer (I was the “distraction” and never actually touched the ball). I’ve also done a little bit of everything, including boxing, spin, krav maga and dancing.
Once you see the WOD each day, what’s the first thing you do/think?
I used to religiously check the 6am thread on Facebook (thanks Zoo!) and get really nervous all day in anticipation of the WOD. But now I’ve quit checking what the WOD is…I usually read the blog post every morning but forget what the WOD is anyway. Maybe I’m getting older, or maybe my brain decided it had enough stress. Now I just panic right before the WOD starts.
 
Should we stop posting the WODs? Why or Why not? 

Honestly, I think it’s good to not post them. My stress level has definitely gone down since I stopped caring as much. I mean, I care about the WOD, but I’m not bothered by it any more. And life is all about the unexpected, right?

Jessica picking up the slack!

Jessica picking up the slack!

You’re always greeting everyone with a smile, asking people how they are and creating a great class atmosphere. Have you always been this social? Or is there something in the coconut water at LAX?
That is actually something that I have really been working on. I was pretty quiet when I first started at LAX. I’m pretty shy or awkward in “real life” until I get to know someone.
I did a drop-in once where none of the other athletes really talked to me. That was the worst, but then I kinda kicked their butts (I know, I was surprised too) in the WOD so it turned out okay. I don’t want anyone to have that kind of experience at LAX so I try to just bite the bullet and say hi.

Also, it helps that I genuinely like everyone at the gym, except for Kiwi. He knows what he did.

You also spend tons of time at the box, especially post-wod working on some skill what drives you?
The 5pm crew is really awesome. They make it easy to want to stay and hang out after a WOD. I also just really want to get better…I don’t do CrossFit to compete or anything, but I like getting better every day.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m really into DC Comics. I also read a lot.
Fav Paleo dish you’ve learned to make?

I like to joke that I’m on a life gluten-free challenge now, so I have lots of good paleo recipes. I love Against All Grain’s paleo pad see ew. I make it without honey and it’s super yummy. She also has a waffles recipe that is the shiz. I’m working on a recipe for wings based on this recipe. It’s fun to experiment and make things that are just as good if not better than non-paleo recipes.

 

Workout of the Day 3/5/2014 – Wednesday

Athlete

Strength/Skill.
3 x 20 Kettlebell Swings (1.5pd/1pd)
3 x :30 sec. L-Sit Hold
3 x 2 Rope Climbs

Take about 20 minutes to complete. 

Met-Con.
15-12-9
Thrusters (95#/65#)
Burpees

Competitor

Strength/Skill.
3 x 20 Kettlebell Swings (2 pd/1.5 pd)
3 x :30 sec. L-Sit Hold
3 x 2 Legless Rope Climbs

Take about 20 minutes to complete. 

Met-Con.
15-12-9
Thrusters (115#/75#)
Burpees