Athlete Spotlight | Jody Luna


Congrats Jody on being our next Athlete Spotlight

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Hometown: Mabank, Texas

Age: 42

Occupation: EVP, Business Development, Excel Title Group

Marital Status: Married

Children (Ages): Max -14, Honor – 12, Ross – 10

When did you first start CrossFitting?

March 2012

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland?

March 2012

Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Cindy

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD:

Karen

Tell us about your sports & fitness background.

I am going to go way back! I was a student athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, track and cheer. My freshman year in high school, I was the starting setter for the Varsity volleyball team. As a petite basketball player, I focused on my strengths of quickness on defense, ball handling as the point guard and the open outside shot. (I made All-County 3 point shooter, which was a thing back then). I cheered all four years of high school, however it wasn’t the sport it is today. Track was my least favorite. My senior year of HS, my dad said if I chose not to run track I had to find a job…. I always wish I had chosen track, working was not all that. As an adult, I have grown to really enjoy running as a way to relieve stress. When my children were babies, I loaded them in the double jogger and hit the pavement. Being active is just a part of me.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

My husband and I enjoy traveling and enjoy watching our kids participate in their activities, from volleyball, baseball, choir, basketball, DECA club and the list goes on. My older son and I are in the Young Men’s Service League, a mother/son philanthropy organization where we participate in community service projects together. I am an active volunteer in the Garland ISD. The Parent Teacher Association is where I have been immersed for 10 years, partnering with other parents and teachers to make a difference in the lives of kids. Currently, I am a candidate for Place 3 of the Garland ISD School Board of Trustees, with the Election Day coming up on May 7th.   I have a vested interest in the schools and a long history of partnership with the district as a volunteer to advocate for kids. I am eager to be a voice for kids and educators in the district.  Make sure you mark your calendar to vote for Jody on May 7th!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?

I was first exposed to CrossFit by a neighbor in casual conversation. I searched for the nearest location and just walked in. My first WOD was a baseline workout, it was not pretty. I underestimated the effort it took to row for several minutes.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland? (before / after)

I started doing Whole 30, right from the start. My body changed very quickly, it was exciting and I was eating bacon!! I had a headache the first 2 weeks from just cleansing all the junk out of my system, but after that I was on my way. The increase in strength was almost immediate. I believe my body was ready for the weight lifting and to be challenged. I have accomplished personal records I didn’t know I could, like double unders, pullups, and running a mile in 6:45.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

Being able to workout at 5am consistently for 4 years would be a starter. Then kicking some strong habits that seem small but are important such as, black coffee (yep, straight up!), unsweet tea (and I’m from East Texas), I do not need bread or pasta unless it’s a cheat meal and no dairy products. Another big change is self-confidence – in my strength and my appearance. This is worth losing an hour of sleep 3 days a week.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit / CrossFit Garland moments.

I have many favorite moments, many which involve team WODs or competitions. The best was doing a fireman carry with my team at Guns and Hoses. Carrying Chris Green on my shoulders was challenging for both of us, he had to keep his knees bent so his feet would not drag the ground. I have met great people who have inspired me so much. Our CrossFit family is amazing, encouraging and just fun! I was given the nickname Polly Pocket and I’m also considered the tribe mama.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe?

  1. One thing to remember is to check in of Facebook.       Every 5 check-ins helps children in need get a pair of shoes.
  2. Keep your bag out of the way (I’m lobbying for this to be on the burpee law list)
  3. The monumental lesson is this…..life happens, you fall off the wagon of consistency, but you have a group of familiar faces there when you walk through the door that help you get back on track. I am in the master’s division, I am too busy and old to injure myself. Therefore, I push myself but not over the top and it is ok, because no matter what….. FITNESS!!!

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