Name: Jennifer Ragsdale
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a 39 year old wife and a mom to two beautiful girls, Ella (9) and Charlee (6). I am married to another CFG athlete, Bo. We were high school sweethearts and have been married for almost 18 years. I work full time in the Institutional Trust & Custody Division at US Bank, where we custody and manage investments for large corporations.What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?
I started CrossFit Gardendale because I was looking for something more challenging. I spent years exercising on my own or going to different group fitness classes, but I wasn’t seeing the results in my body. The day I signed, up I was so nervous I almost tripped on one of the mats! Once I got past my initial anxiety, though, CFG became one of the best decisions I ever made. I am healthier, physically and mentally stronger, and I feel better than ever.Describe your first workout?
I was scared to death my first workout. I don’t remember all the movements, but toes to bar was included on the workout… I couldn’t figure out how people got their bodies to move like that! I looked at various YouTube videos trying to figure it out. I couldn’t actually do any of the T2B movements that night, but the coaches were great to offer the modifications so that I still got an awesome work out.What goals have you accomplished so far?
So far, I have competed in the Gridiron Games and run a couple of local 5Ks. I have accomplished my goal of a pull up, RXing a few workouts, and being consistent in working out at CFG.What goals do you plan to accomplish?
My goals are simple: to continue to work out 4 to 5 days a week, eat healthy, and be a healthy role model for my girls. I want my girls to see me and the other CFG ladies getting stronger and healthier every time we step into the gym. I would also love to run a half marathon in the next few years.What hobbies or things do you like to do other than CrossFit?
Other than CrossFit, I enjoy being with family and friends, watching Auburn Football, shopping and redecorating. I love to move accessories, photos and furniture from room to room.What, if anything, has changed in your life since joining CrossFit Gardendale?
I feel like I’m a more well-balanced person since joining CrossFit Gardendale. I feel great, love the way my clothes look, and love being able to spend time with Bo doing something together that we both enjoy. Even though there are movements that I still can’t do, I love being part of CFG.What advice would you give to any new members?
My advice would be to try it and don’t give up. You will be amazed at how much you love it, how much better you feel and how your body changes. You will find a group of people who always encourage you, push you and will be glad to do the last 10 burpees with you. Community, Family, Gardendale.