Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Jenna Scott: My name is Jenna Scott. I live in Ontario, Canada and co-own a CrossFit lifestyle and clothing brand called ReEvolve.
IS: How did you get involved in Crossfit?How long have you been doing it?
JS: My boyfriend, and business partner, Jake introduced me to CrossFit. I had known about it for around a year as one of my friends was finding success in it (she was a former gymnast and trying to qualify for the 2009 Regionals). Jake wouldn’t stop talking about it so I finally gave in. I dabbled in it for about 6 months before I started taking it seriously and really fell in love with heavy lifts. I first tried CrossFit in July 2010, but seriously started training (at a CrossFit affiliate) in January 2011.
IS: Have you been involved in some other sports before that?
JS: I was never involved with sports before CrossFit. I did, however, love working out and was working as a Personal Trainer for a few years. I was very active in theatre when I was younger, so dance (and general body awareness) was always a big part of my life.
IS: How did people around you accept the fact that you are doing croffit? Did they take jaundiced view of it?
JS: Most people don’t really get what all the craze is about until they try it themselves or come to a CrossFit competition. I talked about it with my parents and brother for over a year, and finally have my mom and brother hooked!
IS: Do you have a nutrition plan that you follow? If yes, do you meet disapproval from you friends?Or do they understand why you eat the way you do?
JS: I am fairly strict paleo, with a “cheat” meal once a week. My cheat meal is still gluten and dairy free, and usually consists of some kind of coconut-flour baked treat, dark chocolate, an overindulgence in sweet-potato fries, and wine! Before I was paleo I was vegan – this lifestyle was WAY more difficult to explain to others than paleo, so most of the people in my life accepted me re-introducing meat into my life with open arms 🙂 Paleo has kept me lean and HEALTHY. I was having a host of digestive issues when I was vegan associated with eating too many grains and legumes. They literally vanished within a week of eating paleo.
IS:What advice would you give to people struggling with their diets? What tips help you stay on track?
JS: Try to avoid food with expiration dates. If your food rots within 1-2 weeks, you’re usually on a good track. Also – don’t obsess. Make your choices based on your goals, and when you mentally need that piece of chocolate – go for it!
IS:What does crossfit mean to you and did it change your life in some way?
JS: CrossFit has had a tremendous impact on me physically and mentally. I am much more confident in my ability to overcome obstacles, both mentally and physically. I feel strong, and I approach tasks that some people find as a chore with a smile (it’s now become a fun challenge to try to carry all 10+ bags of groceries into the house in only one trip – heavy farmer walk’s!). The amount of friends I’ve made and bonded with over a shared communal experience of success, struggle and accomplishment is truly amazing. I’m inspired every day by the people around me who push themselves to their limits with CrossFit.
IS:What is your favorite WOD and which one do you hate the most?
JS: Favorite WOD – anything with heavy cleans and/or air squats
Least Favorite WOD – Eva (I did her, very scaled, with Jake at a globo-gym and we were both close to tears by the end!)
IS: Most people think that healthy living is a burden! Did you ever have a time in your life, when you regretted that you work so hard in the gym and in the kitchen ;), instead of spending your time hanging out with friends and indulging in junk food?
JS: Never. I feel best when I’m eating clean and working hard. CrossFit is a major form of stress relief for me.
IS:What would you tell all the women out there who are afraid of lifting weights because they do not wanna get bulky?
JS: Since CrossFit I’ve gained over 10lbs in muscle, and lost 7% body fat. A strong woman is SEXY, better in bed, and ages slower (both externally and internally). Screw Cosmo and Vogue – I’d much rather look like Julie Foucher.
IS: What advice would you give to the beginner crossfitters in Bulgaria?
JS: No one can explain CrossFit to you – commit yourself to 3 months and you’ll never look back.