David Rogers
July 15, 2016

Jessa Beck Mitchell

What made you decide to come to CrossFit RAZE?
When I made the decision to begin CrossFit RAZE I had been trying to work up the courage for quite some time to give CrossFit a try. There were a couple CrossFit gyms that were conveniently located near me which was important, but I ultimately choose RAZE because after my first free trail workout when I met Coach Bobbie I just instantly felt comfortable. I knew RAZE was a place that I would be able to learn the movements and techniques without being judged. Bobbie and Karen made me feel at home and comfortable and I truly felt that RAZE was going to be a great environment for me to learn and improve my fitness.
How often do you workout?
Since becoming pregnant I have tried to maintain my CrossFit workouts to at least three or four time per week. Ideally, I would like to make it into RAZE four to five times per week. Currently, I am 8 months pregnant and I have maintained a high energy level that I can only attribute to staying consistent with my workouts at RAZE.
What changes have you noticed and achieved both mentally, emotionally and physically since being a member at CrossFit RAZE?
There have been many noticeable changes since I became a member at RAZE nearly three years ago. First, my confidence has dramatically improved. I consider myself a nervous person and I never thought weightlifting could or would be something I could learn to enjoy. Over the last three years I am amazed at the progress I have made and at I am constantly surprised at what I am capable of. Since becoming involved with CrossFit my overall anxiety level is much lower and mentally and physically I am stronger. Throughout my entire pregnancy I have continued to work out at RAZE. As I approach the 9 month mark I am pleased that my body weight has only increased by 15 percent keeping me in a fit and healthy range.
What are your favorite workouts and WODS?
I LOVE tabata WODS! A tabata is when you have 20 seconds to do as many reps of the assigned exercise as you can and then 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated seven more times for a total of 8 intervals. I especially enjoy tabata’s with body weight movements such as air squats and sits up’s or light weight barbell movements.
What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through being a member at RAZE?
The most important thing I have learned about myself through becoming a member at RAZE is that I am physically capable of much more than I ever could have imagined. RAZE is the perfect environment of friendly competition and motivation which has driven me to workout harder than I ever considered possible.
What keeps brining you back to RAZE?
The coaches and members are highly motivating and I look forward to coming back each week. I think another motivating factor to continue with CrossFit is the fact that you can literally see your fitness progress. My weightlifting numbers have increased and I can compare my progress on WOD’s with my performance logs.
If someone is ready this right now and is interested in coming to CrossFit RAZE but still nervous about taking the leap, what would you say to them?
Do it! I was very nervous to give RAZE a try but I did it anyway. I have yet to meet any coach or member at RAZE that is not welcoming and friendly. There are many different fitness levels at RAZE which helps make the environment so unique. RAZE is not the type of CrossFit box where you feel like you are surrounded by elite athletes which can be very intimidating. There is a great mixture of amazing and experienced athletes who are incredibly fit along with many members who are just beginning their fitness journey and every level in-between.