This week’s Garage Spotlight Member is Jessica Andres!!!
Name: Jessica Andres
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and how did you get here?
Originally from Ohio, but have lived in Georgia since I was 4. Grew up in the Woodstock area
How long have you been a member at The Garage?
Since August 2016, so about 6 months
How did you find The Garage?
I was introduced to this gym by Melissa Ledford (we go way back). I always liked and commented on her posts about the Garage on social media and then finally I just gave in and tried it. Now I’m hooked. Thanks Melissa!
What do you like about working out at The Garage?
The community. I worked out for years in my living room doing Insanity, P90X and all the Shaun T programs. I never realized how much working out with other people would push me to do better
What do you do for a living?
I am a Radiologic Technologist, currently working in pediatrics
What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy photography and would someday love to have the guts to have a side business in that area. I also enjoy traveling, the beach, and going to Disney with my family
What is something interesting about you most people don’t know?
When I was 14 (twenty years ago) I had major back surgery which included two titanium rods and eight clips placed along my thoracic and lumbar spine. I had pretty severe scoliosis that was affecting my breathing, so it was necessary. Since then, I have learned to just deal with major immobility in my back and thought my exercise routines were going to be limited, but surprisingly they are not!
Anything that involves chips, cheese dip and a margarita
Favorite music to workout to? Hip hop/Rap
Favorite WOD, lift or skill?
Back or front squats
WOD, lift or skill you never ever want to do again?
Double unders or Snatch. It’s a tie
What’s your proudest CrossFit achievement to date? Probably HSPU
What’s on your bucket list? Or what are some goals you are trying to accomplish? (either at the gym or otherwise) butterfly pull-ups, muscle up (eventually), and I’d like to participate in an ultra marathon, like the Barkley Marathons someday
Anything else you want to include? My thoughts regarding hard work and perseverance when it comes to exercise: If you’re going to face a real challenge, it has to be a REAL challenge. You can’t accomplish anything without the possibility of failure. And I honestly feel like most people would actually be better off with more pain in their
lives. Not deathly pain – just pain. The kind that causes us to push past the limits our mind tells us we have so we can accomplish something we never thought we could. If that makes any sense
If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I know it sounds cliche, but Jesus. Oh how I would love to pick his magnificent brain
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you? My pocket knife, peanut butter and most importantly, my husband