Member Spotlight: Jana Wu
One afternoon I saw this cute little woman walk into CFL (in case you're wondering, she's Asian and Irish).
I didn't know Jana at all, but immediately thought to myself, "I want to make her a lifter!"
For about two weeks, she would sneak in and out of CFL.
She would work hard, silently suffer through the workout say, "thank you," and disappear.
Then Brian sent me a picture of her at the 5:30am class deadlifting well over her bodyweight.
Brian knew that would push me to push her!
I started harassing her pretty much immediately after I got that text.
I pushed her hard... really hard.
Then I watched and waited to see if she found me encouraging, or if she was starting to hate me.
Turns out she liked to be pushed! Imagine my excitement! I could yell at her all I wanted! Whhhoooot!
Long story short Jana has become an amazing athlete!
She competed in a powerlifting meet where she was the smallest and the newest to the sport!
I was nervous for her on that one! Powerlifters are some strong, big bad ass peeps!
Jana had her Lulus on and I showed up in a kilt....unique does not explain how we must have looked to them. It would be like going to a Tool concert in a pink dress, just saying!
She did great and PRed her lifts; but more than anything, she earned some confidence and swagger.
Jana has become a CFL family member!
She comes to our social events with bells on and a huge smile.
A few weeks ago she came to class and was kinda quite or sheepish.
Finally someone said, "WHAT?!?!" loud enough for me to hear and it was then that I found out that Jana is moving out West.
My heart sank, in a totally selfish way I was super sad.
On the other hand I was very happy for Jana, she's following her dreams, seeing the world and living the experience.
Jana said she was really nervous to tell me she was leaving.
It was hard to hear that she was leaving, the entire Gym is sad to see her go.
Because Jana has totally embraced Paleo we are going to have a cave party at our house in Northfield next Saturday, April 21 at 6pm.
This is a bring your own Paleo dish, which could be as simple as some meat for the grill! It's also BYOB!
Please let me know if your coming to give Jana a hug and have a drink with us.
Jana is leaving really soon like two days after the party...so don't miss the party.
Jana we love you and we will be here as your CFL family whenever you come home make sure to come and WOD with us! XOXOX!
- Jennifer Conlin
thank you so much Jenn and CFL family!!! You have all made my life so much stronger, entertaining and FUN!!! You make NW Connecticut super hard to leave.I'm psyched to share some pumpkin with you this Saturday! xo
Posted - 04-13-2012 21:45
Posted - 04-13-2012 21:45