Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating Jenn Burke, an all-around inspirational triathlete and marathon runner who says hard work, determination and some crazy-hard workouts are the key to success.
Wright City, MO
30 years old
Fitness Manager, Crunch Archive
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
That’s a tough one. I would have to say it is a tie between completing my first half-ironman triathlon and qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
The empowerment and confidence that it gives me to accomplish anything I come across the rest of the day.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
Take one step towards the gym or a run and then usually the rest follows : )
Favorite energizing meal:
Grilled chicken, baked sweet potato, and spinach salad with goat cheese, craisins, pecans, and balsamic vinagrette.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
In an ideal world, a nice massage afterwards, but most of the time it is a quick post workout shake and stretch and then off to the next task for my day.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Plank: 2 min
Cobra: 2 min
Bridge: 2 min
Single leg toe touch to press: x25/leg
Single leg squats: x25/leg
Single leg shoulder press: x12/leg
Lunge to curl: x 12/leg
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
Running along the Hudson River in NYC, and also the Beijing High Performance Training Center during the Beijing Olympics.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
That you can accomplish any goal you set your mind to with hard work and determination.
Calling all female athletes (that means you!): Do you surf, ski, swim, climb mountains, mountain bike, compete in races or stay fit with any other sport? We want to inspire other women with your story. Send an email to editor@Blisstree.com with the subject “That Girl”.
Photo: Jenn Burke