August 2018 Athlete of the Month

August Athlete of the Month

Jessica Buddle

Tell us about yourself, hobbies, interests, family, job, etc.

I live in a subdivision with my boyfriend in Dundee, MI where I’m likely the only tattoo covered lady. I run the dairy department for a local grocery store chain in Ann Arbor where I get to work closely with local farmers to help them sell their goods. My passion is Fermentation. I’m on the board of a Michigan non-profit, Fermenta, focused on educating and empowering women in the craft beverage business – we’re expanding into foods and going national next year. I brew beer, make kombucha and kefir, and ferment and can all kinds of foods. When I have spare time, I work for a small organic hops farm in Chelsea. I like to bowl, and I play a mean game of putt-putt.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I’ve been doing CrossFit for a year this month. I’ve been with Light the Fire since late October.

What do you remember about your first CrossFit experience?

There were so many lunges and squats in foundations that I couldn’t use stairs or comfortably sit down and stand up for days.

What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?

Those days where we finish a WOD and I’m like “oh crap, did I seriously just do that?” are really great. It’s exciting to watch that amazement on other people’s faces, too.

What do you most enjoy about being part of Light the Fire CrossFit family?

It’s an environment where I don’t ever feel like I have to prove something to anyone other than myself. The people have been great and encouraging, and I’m comfortable and confident in the coaches.

What motivates you to come to the box?

In the beginning it was because, if I didn’t, the next time would be like starting over. Now I genuinely enjoy going; it’s a great escape from day to day life, and I have a lot of fun.

What is you most recent PR/biggest accomplishment?

I’m off the box version of handstand push-ups. Which is a big deal for me because I couldn’t even get myself to lean off the box when I first tried them. Also, Murph was a turning point for me. I did a lot of extra work at home and ate better in the few weeks leading up to it than I ever have in my life; after I finished I just kinda breathed and thought “well, I guess I’m really doing thisfitness thing.”

What is your favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?

I like Cindy, and anything that is heavy on the weights. Back squats are always fun.

What is your least favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?

Anything that involves a rope climb.

What is your current CrossFit goal?

I want to nail snatches and be comfortable with them, start working on double-unders, climb the rope, and eventually do one of the competitions.

What would you tell a newbie or someone that has never done CrossFit?

Everything can be scaled, don’t compare yourself to other people, make sure you’re comfortable with the coaches, and stick with it. Most importantly, your butt is going to look awesome so it’s all worth it.

Have you had a life changing experience since starting CrossFit? / How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the box?

Since I’ve started I left a toxic job that had me extremely overworked, under appreciated, under paid, and depressed. I moved in with my boyfriend in a new city – it may only be 24 miles away but sometimes it feels like different worlds. I’m the healthiest physically and mentally that I ever have been in my adult life, and I only see it going up from here.


***The Athlete of the Month will demonstrate qualities such as, attendance, selflessness, proper scaling, time dedicated to mobility and recovery, dedication to improving form, technique, and skill sets, putting the community before yourself, encouragement and support towards others at the end of WODs.

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