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This week we check in with a 6am regular, Jesalyn Johnson! — Crossfitting since: August 2016 — A little about yourself: I grew up in Mequon, WI. Went to UW-Stevens Point for track and field and ran the 400 meter dash! Had my first son, Elijah, when I was 21, then moved back to Wauwatosa, graduated from Carroll University with an Exercise Science degree. I have stayed in Wauwatosa the majority of my life, met my husband of 5 years, Jared, at Mo's Irish Pub (ladies night!). Then we had our son Bruce, who is now two and half. We also have a 14 year old pit, George, who is the most lovable dog ever! I was a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, and boot camp instructor for the majority of my career (almost 15 years). Tried the whole stay-at-home mom thing (which was a blast) but now I work full time at MSOE working in the MBA Education Leadership program. — How did you get into CrossFit? I got introduced to Badger CrossFit by attending a Battle of the Sexes boot camp event at Hart Park. I met some of the instructors there, and they were so motivating and helpful. Also, I felt like I was getting burned out by doing the same old thing, running and cross training, I was looking for a new challenge and a change in my routine. I thought why not try CrossFit? Well, let's just say I sipped the Kool Aid and the rest was history! I'm hooked!! — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? It's crazy to think that the way you exercise and the way you become "fit" can change you not only physically, but mentally as well. Physically, CrossFit opened my eyes on my weaknesses and strengths, which made me become a better competitor, mom, wife and friend. I have always been pretty much in good shape, being a runner and personal trainer, however, I noticed that I was lacking mobility in certain areas, where I would have never known about if I never started CrossFit. Mentally, it gives me this feeling of accomplishment and great confidence after finishing every workout or WOD. This feeling then gets carried on to the rest of my day, where I feel like I can conquer my day at work or a day with my kids.