Apr 22nd, 2010
Jen Pope is our athlete spotlight this week. She typically works out in the morning, but you can catch her on the weekends and the occasional evening class. Jen and her husband John recently let us in on a bit of good news – they are expecting their first child this fall. Not surprising to anyone who has met her, Jen is not going to sit on the couch and eat bonbons as she awaits this epic arrival. Instead she plans to continue hitting the WODs with as few adjustments as are necessary. When I asked her about continuing to workout she said: "YES!!! Look how it worked out for Dawn. She’s my CFO idol."
In addition to being the cutest little lady with child since, well, Dawn — Jen is also strong and very determined. Do NOT tell her she cannot do something. She is quiet, yet ferocious as an athlete and it is really a joy to watch as she has continued to make steady and impressive progress in her strength and technique. I am sure that ferocity will continue as she gets closer and closer to welcoming her new son or daughter.
Post congratulations and baby advice to Jen.
Name: Jen Pope
Height: 5′ 3.5"
Weight: Normally 117, these days 121+
Age: A few days older than Mikey
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?
A: Initial classes in February 2009, member since March 2009
Q: What is your day job?
A: Fire Apparatus Engineer, soon to be Domestic Engineer
Q: What is your athletic background?
A: Non-existent! I was on a soccer team and a softball team as a kid – but I wouldn’t actually say that I played either sport. I ran a marathon once – but didn’t train for it. I enjoyed mountain biking until I put clip-in pedals on my bike. I got tired of falling so now I don’t ride my bike. I took a snow board lesson the other day, but I didn’t want to fall too hard so I stuck to the bunny slopes. I come from a long line of not very graceful, coordinated people – maybe the next generation will break that cycle!!!
Q: What is your favorite strength move?
A: Bench press, shoulder press, that kind of thing
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A: Anything less than five rounds!
Q: What is your proudest achievement (CF)?
A: Getting John to not just pay gym dues, but to actually use the gym on a regular basis (and not just to shower after a run along the Embarcadero)
Q: What is your most desired goal (CF)?
A: Body weight bench press, muscle ups, chest to bar pull ups, explosion with my cleans, … should I continue?
Rant or Rave: Rant: i wish CFO was closer to my house; Rave: I’m glad CFO is so close to the Doyle Street Cafe. Yumm!!!
I don’t have my journal with me and don’t know any numbers off the top of my head. i haven’t done fran or FGB before. 185 for a 1RM DL sounds about right – is that decent?