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Athlete of the Month April 2015 – Jane Harris

Here in the Athletic Zone we’re all on this  journey ‘to be better’ as a team – What it means to you ‘to be better’, will be different to the next person and their level of compliance and commitment to be better will also be different to yours.

Where ever you are at, one thing is for sure it’s not easy. Is it worth it? You know the answer to that, of course it is. This quest to be better, to constantly challenge yourself and each other is what keeps you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month. This is the CrossFit community, an incredibly supportive, motivating and fun environment that helps people achieve a level of fitness and health that can’t be replicated.

Having the whole support of the AZ group there with you every step of the way sharing your challenges, successes and triumphs cannot be underestimated!

Each month we recognise one of our athletes who may or may not know how much they are inspiring those around them with their achievements in and out of the Athletic Zone.

Our Athlete of the month receives a massage voucher with the Healing House for being an inspiration to others here in the AZ.

Jane Harris Athlete of the Month April 2015 

When selecting our very first Athlete of the Month I couldn’t go past Jano, she epitomises everything I want the Athletic Zone brand to stand for. She was one of our foundation members here in the Athletic Zone and is a huge reason we have such a great little growing community here in the AZ. When I was looking to open the AZ I come up with the mission to Change Lives through Fitness. I wanted to create a place where we get down in the trenches together, we have fun, we help improve each other, we challenge, we support, we motivate. A place where everyone is welcome from all walks of life and training experience to be better than they were yesterday. Jano has been an integral part in helping me deliver on this mission.

Over the last 3 years Jane has achieved some absolutely incredible results; she has lost over 35kgs, competed in Spartan races, marathons, fun runs and now CrossFit. There is nothing this lady can’t do if she puts her mind to it. It would be easy to have the attitude “I’m too old to go to the gym”, but Jane is living proof it’s never too late to improve your quality of life and change your life for the better through fitness.

Well done Jano for being our very first Athlete of the Month – Here’s Jane in action with her 80kg Dead Lift.


When did you start doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit with Athletic Zones soft opening in November 2014

Most Loved WOD/Movement?

My absolute favourite movement is Deadlifting

 Least Favourite WOD/Movement?

There are some movements I’m not keen on, and some of them I’m dreadful at, but I figure if I keep at it I will have to get better. Hopefully I’m right J

Favourite Cheat Meal?

 I love nothing more than a good steak !

Proudest Accomplishment?

I was absolutely thrilled the day I deadlifted 80kg.

What was your goal when joining the Athletic Zone?

I was apprehensive when I started At Athletic Zone as I’m older than most of the members and I thought I’d be too old to be doing cross fit training. This fortunately hasn’t been the case. I’m happy that I’m being consistent with my training and doing so many things I just never imagined could ever do.

I hope I’m setting a good example for my three daughters, one of them has now joined Athletic Zone which I am thrilled about.   It’s wonderful being able to train with her.

What is your 6month goal?

 10 x strict push ups

100kg deadlift

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?

In all aspects of my life I’m happy and confident. I’m more prepared to give things a go.

What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier?

The support you get from the coaches and the members at Athletic Zone is inspiring, there is a strong sense of community, it’s such a supportive and inclusive environment I am so happy to be a part of. This environment has me striving to exceed any previous goals I’ve had.

Getting fit doesn’t happen overnight you need to make a long term commitment to yourself and the sooner you start the better it will be for you.

For many years I made the excuse I was busy being a mother or working, I should have started much sooner, but I’m also so happy that I’m doing it and the results I’m achieving.

If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be:

 1000 m row

1000 m run

100 m prowler

X 3

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