Member Spotlight: Jeannette Valenzuela
Do I really need to introduce today’s spotlight? It’s impossible not to know who she is. Just look at our leaderboard and her name is everywhere.
…but it wasn’t always that way.
I remember when she came to us from another gym in 2015. There was some work that needed to be done, and I don’t know if she was used to coaches being up in her business so much- but oh man, what a transformation.
This woman works hard! Most importantly, she’s coachable. It seems there’s no stopping her- even with a recent injury that could’ve sidelined things. She fought through it, stayed focused, was patient. She was our CrossFitter of the Year 2017. She’s…
What’s your name?
Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:
I can’t actually remember my first WOD, but I remember being super intimated by everyone here, hahaha.
Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?
I had stopped working out altogether when I moved to Burbank (I used to go to 24 hour fitness and hated every moment of it), and going into my 30s, I felt very out of shape and sluggish… looked it too.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.
Definitely Rumble in the Box. It took about 3 years into CF for me to participate in a competition and the adrenaline is unreal. I loved it.
Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I’m an analytical linguist for law enforcement agencies.
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
I love that I can leave my desk job and go throw heavy weight around. The best distresser yet. Feeling confidence in one aspect of your life, seeps into other aspects of your life (prepare, for this shall be a recurring theme). I feel more confident and assertive now, leading a large debriefing meeting, for example. Also, when you’re happy with yourself, you’re happy with others. This creates a more harmonious relationship with co-workers.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage
I have a newfound confidence, I’ve never had before. I used to sort of walk around with my head tipped low and now I walk around with my head held high. It’s not necessarily because of the way I look, but I do things in CF I never thought I’d be able to do before (bench press 160, clean 175, run fast *ish*, etc…). That sort of thing inevitable translates into other aspects of my life… “mhmm… what else can I do that I didn’t think I could do before?”. There is confidence in knowing my own strength, which surpasses any antiquated ideas I used to have about beauty or femininity. “Aesthetics” and “Beautiful” have taken on a whole new meaning to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.
When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?
All the time. I play a lot with my niece and nephews and I can now keep up with them. Also, I change the water jug at work with zero problems. My coworkers think it’s pretty cool, hahaha.
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
I am honestly and wholeheartedly in awe of everyone here who comes in and gives their all. From the beginners, to intermediate, to the elite, I love our community and how we push each other on to give our best every single day. If I had to pick one person though, it’d be Brittany Berryman… only cause she’s not human. Another member I most definitely admire is Danetta Montante. She comes in every single day with her husband and son. You always see a smile on her face and you can usually catch her pumping up the 6:30 crew. Danetta not only decided to take a hold of her fitness, but she made it a family affair. She is motivation at its best.
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
My next CF goal is to get a chicken wing-less bar muscle up, a muscle up and a strict muscle up (ambitious much?)
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
Favorite movement: Cleans. Not a movement or WOD, but I hate the bike. Pretty sure it hates me back.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Fancy Italian dinner and wine (yes, it has to be fancy).
If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:
My safe haven. My second home. My friends. My playground. My family. (5 chopped up sentences … rebel).