In an effort to get to know the great athletes of CrossFit Colby, we are spotlighting an athlete each month to find out a little bit about their personal lives and their experiences with CrossFit.
This month we spotlight Jenny Tompkins, aka “Gump”.
Tell us about your family
I am originally from Dodge City, KS. My parents still live there as well as my grandma. I have one younger brother who lives in Leavenworth. Even though you can definitely see the family resemblance between all of us, my brother and I are very different.
I am the Director of Outreach & Recruitment at Colby Community College. I have been with the college since June of 2016, when I started as an Admissions Counselors. This is the only company I have worked for since moving to Colby.
What don’t we know about you?
I am extremely self-conscious and hate to fail at anything. Trying CrossFit was one of the scariest things I have done, I was completely intimidated by workouts, the equipment, and the athletes/members.
When did you start CrossFit
I started CrossFit in June 2016, 1 week after moving to Colby.
What did you think after your first workout?
“What have I gotten myself in to?” and “Dangit Doug!”
Why did you decide to continue doing CrossFit
At first, it was the challenge and the newness. Learning new movements and exercises and getting to see what I was capable of. CrossFit is such a great experience because 1.5 years later, I am still learning and getting to try new things. I love the progression and the process that goes with CrossFit, no matter what level of athlete you are.
What is your fitness background?
I have always enjoyed sports, participating in most sports either competitively or through intramurals. I particularly focused on Soccer as I got older. I played soccer all year round from third grade through my second year of college. My fitness came from playing the game and practicing. I was intimidated by weights and had very little interest in being in a gym. My how things have changed!
What results have you seen?
Not only have I changed physically, but my whole concept of Health, wellness, and exercise has changed. I am physically stronger, I was mainly a runner with a strong bottom half because of soccer. CrossFit has helped me to balance out. I have a better understanding of my body and what it is capable of. I have had the opportunity to learn how to create a lifestyle, versus an exercise/diet plan.
What’s your favorite CrossFit workout?
I am not sure I have a specific workout that is my favorite. I love Saturday workouts! These workouts always allow me to work on pacing, endurance and improving areas I am weak in. Getting to utilize different equipment and having a variety of movements is always my favorite.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
My favorite movement is the movement I am worst at! I love the squat snatch. I am always mesmerized by people who can do this movement efficiently! It requires strength, finesse, timing and mobility. Doesn’t matter how strong you are, it takes all of the pieces to make it happen.
What is your most memorable CrossFit experience?
This is tough. There are so many specific times I can remember, from hitting PR’s to getting to be part of someone else hitting a PR. Overall, I really look forward to the Open. I love seeing everyone coming together to support each other, people working towards and hitting PRs, and the overall atmosphere in the gym. It is such a great time!
What would you tell someone thinking of trying CrossFit?
Get out of your comfort zone, forget what you “think” you know about CrossFit and just do it! Before I started CrossFit I didn’t like lifting weights, gyms, or working out in front of others. Today, those are all of my favorites things. CrossFit truly is a family, everyone is welcome. I would not be where I am today on my fitness journey without the people, support, and knowledge I have received from CrossFit.