Nov 3rd, 2014
Author: Mike Minium
We haven’t done an athlete profile in a long time, and it’s long overdue. We’re starting the practice up again, and tonight we’re profiling Jenny, who has made a ton of progress in the time she’s been here.
She first found out about the gym through her connection with Tamara (Uptown legend), who had played baseball with Jenny’s daughter, Lilly, on Team USA (Lilly also came to train with us before she left for graduate school in Boston). When Jenny came to us, she had some reservations about what she could and couldn’t do in our program. She came to us with a shoulder that was lacking in range of motion (it was tough for her to go overhead) and didn’t want to aggravate it further. She’s come a long way since those initial days.
Besides being able to go overhead with presses, she’s even recently been able to incorporate more dynamic shoulder-oriented movements like push presses into her program. It’s been great to see all the gains she’s made in strength, mobility, and quality of life.
Because folks out there like to know about numbers, here are some recent lifts of hers:
Squat: 110 lbs x 3 sets x 3 reps
Bench Press: 90 lbs x 3 reps
Deadlift: 205 lbs x 3 reps
Box Jump: 18″ (this was a big one for her since she’d been stuck at 12″ for quite some time)
It’s also important to note that she’s putting up these numbers at 65 years old!
Enough about gym stuff, though. Let’s move on to some interesting trivia regarding Jenny.
Jenny is the author of two books on women’s baseball.
The first one, Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball, was published in 2009. If you follow the link, you’ll find a nice audio interview with Jenny. Stolen Bases looks at the women-in-baseball issue from many different angles. It takes a look at the early history of baseball, which was played by boys and girls in the early days. It examines the professionalization of baseball, which eventually led to the exclusion of women from the game at the professional level. And it even discusses the influence of softball on women in baseball.
Jenny’s second book, A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball, is set to be released in 2015. In A Game of Their Own, Jenny interviews 11 of the players on the 2010 Team USA squad who played in the Women’s World Cup of Baseball. The players discuss their introduction to the game. They discuss their early years and all of the doubts and challenges they faced to continue to play the game they loved. And of course, they talk about what it’s like to play at the highest level, representing the country against the best in the world. Not only is the subject matter compelling, but many of you have a personal connection to the material: Many of you know two of the players who are interviewed, Tamara and Lilly!
A Game of Their Own is set for an April 1st release in 2015, so keep your eyes open for it! Maybe we can even get Jenny and Tamara to come in and talk about their experiences with the book (either writing it or contributing to it).
So next time you see Jenny, make sure to congratulate her on her PRs and on her upcoming book. Keep up all the great work, Jenny!