By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 19, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's a workout that pushes athletes to the limit. CrossFit is sweeping the nation with its high intensity programming and interval training.
A Tallahassee athlete is headed to the sport's biggest stage for the very first time. The athletes at Red Hills CrossFit strive for greatness, but there's one whose journey began long before the stop clock started.
Four years ago, Jenna Larson walked into Red Hills CrossFit with a plan.
“I told the head coach, ‘I want to go to the games,’" Larson said.
But the coaches weren’t always convinced.
"I laughed at her. I was like, 'Yeah, OK, you'll make it to the games someday," said Co-Owner of Red Hills CrossFit, Travis Perkins. "For me, it's nothing but pride and feeling lucky to be part of the journey she's been on,"
Now, at 38 years-old, Larson's dream has become a reality. She's one of hundreds of thousands of athletes who competed for a top spot in the masters division at the CrossFit Games.
“From that point, that's kind of been my goal, just pushing forward and training to be a better version of myself," Larson said.
But it hasn’t always been easy. During the CrossFit Open last spring, Jenna got sick.
"Diagnosed with shingles the first week and then severe respiratory infection after that," Larson said.
Larson was worried her illnesses would set her back.
"I literally struggled through every week and just knew with my faith, I wasn’t going to give up," Larson said.
But, she still came out on top.
"The work that she did, that she puts in, speaks volumes to her, anybody around her, and her kids," Perkins said.
Larson said her biggest motivation is her two sons.
"They’re going to see me struggle, they're going to see me fail, but they will never see me give up," Larson said.
Jenna's teammates said she inspires them, pushing everyone to their limits and never letting them quit.
"She’s shown me as a woman that it's OK to continue to dream," Jenna’s friend and teammate, Tonya Windham said.
Larson is proving that with a little legwork, nothing can weigh you down.
Jenna is one of two Tallahassee athletes heading to the Games, which kick off August 3 in Madison, Wisconsin.