Oct 31st, 2011
By Mike Minium
Joey after the 2011 Summer Edition of Femme Fit
(Courtesy of TomC)
Our spotlight athlete this week is Joey. Just about everyone who has trained with Joey immediately catches on to the idea that this girl just doesn’t quit!
I remember when she first came to us back on 39th Street (two buildings ago), roughly three years ago, and thought she was a great addition to the gym at the time, and totally ready for CF-style training. But Joey had different thoughts on the matter (see her note below). With her characteristic determination and never-say-die attitude, she took it upon herself to recommit herself to training and get even fitter. When she came back to us the second time, I could tell it was gonna stick, and all of us are better off for it.
Wanna get good at CF? Follow Joey’s lead. Work hard. Commit to the fundamentals. Don’t jump ahead and try to take shortcuts. This is exactly what Joey has done. She’s a great role model for any CFOer, but especially the women out there in seek of X (a pull-up, a push-up, a better squat, or whatever X is for you).
Currently, Joey is getting rock-solid on the Olympic lifts, putting strength and technique development ahead of all other fitness metrics or goals. This is a smart move, and I have no doubt that when Games season rolls around in 2012, she’ll have once again taken a huge leap forward in her fitness.
Height, weight, age:
5′ 2.76", 55 kilos, 37
How long have you been a member at CFO?
I first darkened the CFO doorsteps on September ’08, back when I was marathon training and the gym was on 39th St. (I remember watching Tami, Candace and Journey do a timed ladder WOD (1 power clean the first minute, 2 power cleans the second minute, etc) and being blown away by these strong-a** women. Being the shy perfectionist I am, I vowed that I would come back to CFO when I was "stronger". So, after running my marathon, I did scaled WODs until I felt ready to go back. By that time (April of 2009), CFO was on Doyle St. and Mike was running the On-Ramp sessions. I’ve been a member ever since!)
What is your day job?
Audio-Video engineer for Pixar (aka: knob-twiddler and computer geek)
What is your athletic background?
Other than gymnastics as a little girl, I didn’t play any sports growing up. I started running as a panacea after I quit smoking and that somehow led me to CrossFit.
What is your favorite strength move?
I like the push-press and the jerk….not sure if that’s a strength or power move…Mike? (if not, weighted dead-hang pullups)
What is your favorite met-con?
My favorite met-con is Murph, but someday I hope to embrace Fran.
Proudest achievement (CF)?
My proudest CF achievement is competing with Candace, Manwell and Tom at Summer Slam this year. It was like getting a high-five and peeing my pants at the same time!
Most desired goal (CF)?
My most desired goal(s) are to back squat over 200 lbs, snatch my body weight, clean and jerk 135 lb., do multiple strict HSPUs, (ditto with Muscle-Ups), and be able to have fun with cool folks the whole time!
Big round of applause for Joey in comments!