Justine Brown

Athlete of the Month

Justine Brown aka “Bad A$$”

NAME: Justine Browngainz_enpowerment_hi_contrast[1]
BIRTHPLACE: Long Island, NY
BIRTHDAY: 6/2/81
OCCUPATION: Art Therapist

1. FOR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING:
I started Crossfit briefly over two years ago; Due to a difficult pregnancy, I had stopped. I began going to Crossfit Breed a year ago but have been really consistent the last seven months

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
I really like to do Clean and Jerks. Whenever they are a part of the daily workout, I get super pumped. I like this movement because it makes me feel like a bad a$$ and I feel like I do it well.

3. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
I hate running. It takes me longer to recover from running around the block then it does after a WOD. I hate it because it makes my body hurt and reduces me to tears. Oh and wall balls. They are awful, and really good at making me feel like a puddle on the floor.

JB14. HOW DID YOU GET INTO CROSSFIT
I got into Crossfit about 2.5 years ago, I was intrigued by the community aspect, and how there were just as many ladies as men working their butts off. Once I did my first workout, I was hooked. I had never challenged myself to that level.

5. WHAT FITNESS PROGRAM WERE YOU DOING BEFORE CROSSFIT AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER
I literally never worked out till my late 20’s. I dabbled in DVD workouts, and never felt that same drive as I do when I workout with other people. I would go to a box gym and mess around with an elliptical and free weights. I was familiar with squats and deadlifting before Crossfit but I never felt excited about doing them. (I probably was not even doing them properly). Crossfit does more than give you a workout- It teaches you about your body and how it works.

6. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED SINCE JOINING CF BREED
I have begun really challenging myself since joining CF Breed. I have taken risks and changed my perspective on things. When I get up at 5am, or get my butt at the box after a long day at work so I can get a workout in, I am investing in myself, in my overall health and that is not something I prioritized before. I allowed myself the opportunity to join in nutrition challenges, workout competitions, (Woohoo! Yum Delicious Gangstars!). I come in on my own to work on my squats (I am getting better!). Being strong and healthy is important to me, especially since my son Quinn was born. I know when I work hard and set goals, it makes me a better mother and a better partner to my husband Scott. I am proud of the example I am setting for Quinn.
At CF breed, I really learned that despite what I may think…. I can do it!
Oh…. And I got stronger!!!!

7. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO NEW COMERS TO CROSSFITJB2
Show up. That is the hardest part.
Introduce yourself to the other people at the box, they are all awesome.
Drink water and stretch!

8. WHY DO YOU LIKE TRAINING AT CROSSFIT BREED
Well…… I do like the cheering as people walk through the door! There is something magical that happens when people shout your name as you come in. I love CF Breed because I feel myself growing there. I am surrounded by people who are striving to be the best versions of themselves, inside and outside of the gym. I am supported in my goals, I am challenged by coaches and other members, I feel that CF Breed is the most supportive atmosphere I have ever worked out in.

9. DO YOU PLAY ANY SPORTS? WHICH?
Air hockey and claw machines. That is the extent of my regular sports activity. I played softball and basketball when I was younger. I am really great at chasing my 15 month old son Quinn around, and I am going to count that as a sport. #chasing toddlers

10. WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR 2016?
I want to do a perfect pushup and I want to solidly squat 1X my body weight. Be more Bad A$$! I would also like to perfect the “squirmy toddler carry” while going up a flight of stairs.