September's Athlete of the Month
Time to highlight one of our spectacular athletes! What makes up an Athlete of the Month? Not RX’ing every workout or lifting the most weight. This athlete exhibits consistency and a hard work mentality. Every time they come to the gym they have a good attitude and give their all. This person is also welcoming of others, helping make H Dub the best community there is. Each month we choose a different athlete and post some fun facts about them to help y’all get to know them better.
Congrats to our girl, Jordan Guidish! She's fairly new to Nashville and H Dub, but we feel like we've known her for years! Her personality and kindness fit right into the good vibes we bring at H Dub. Not only that, but this girl is an athlete! She is consistent in the gym and puts in the work when it's go time. Nashville and H Dub are lucky to have you!
Name: Jordan Guidish
Hometown: LaGrange, OH
Occupation: Marketing Account Supervisor
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I'm new to Nashville as of the end of May. I started at H Dub after being here about two days so this gym is fully intertwined in my Nashville experience. I grew up in NE Ohio about 40 minutes outside of Cleveland and have been moving south in 4 hour increments (first to Oxford/Cincinnati OH and now to Nashville!). My husband Mark and I met in 2013 and married in 2016 at the most perfect 40-person wedding in his parents' backyard. This past May I had a job opportunity come up that would bring me to Nashville, where Mark had been trying to convince me to move for years. We're so happy to have made the move and love living here so far!
What were your goals when you started training?
Fitness has always been a non-negotiable in my life, but my 'why' has varied over the years. I played volleyball and ran track through high school, which gave me direction and a desire to improve. I kept working out in college, attending group fitness classes at the rec center and going on runs around campus, but somewhere in that time working out stopped being about achievement (like it was in sports) and being all about making myself smaller. So when I found CrossFit during my last semester of college, that was my goal: to keep getting smaller, which turned out to be not very fulfilling of a goal. Luckily I met some badass women (and men) who showed me how to be proud of what my body can do rather than of what it looks like.
How long have you been at H Dub and how did you get into it?
Three months as of the first of September! When my husband and I moved to Nashville at the end of May, I had a whole list of gyms in the city to try out, but the location of this one put it at the top of the list. It turned out to be a happy accident that it was such a good fit.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing we do in training?
Favorite: hang power cleans, double unders, box jump overs, and pistols. Anything quick and explosive!
Least Favorite: deadlifts are my least favorite lift and for metcons, anything in the mid-range time domain with light weights/barbell cycling.
How has H Dub positively affected you?
H Dub has given me a wonderful welcome to Nashville and helped me quickly find a group of like-minded, motivated individuals.
What advice do you have for newcomers?
1. Just show up (and keep showing up)! The intimidation factor is all in your head. No matter what the workout is, your coaches are here to help you modify it so that it feels the same to you as it does to the fittest person in the room.
2. Remember that we're all on different chapters in our fitness journey. If you must make comparisons, compare yourself to yourself yesterday and try to get 1% better every day.
3. Log your lifts and workout times! It's helpful to have those benchmarks recorded and you'll love watching your progress over time.
What is something no one at the gym knows about you?
My country music claim to fame is that when I was 4, I sang Patsy Cline's "Crazy" on stage with Martina McBride at the Lorain County Fair.
Who are 3 people you would have a meal or drink with dead or alive?
Sarah Mapp Douglass
I'm probably taking this too seriously, but that's true to form for me. Pure instinct listed Reese Witherspoon, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Jane Austen. However, these women got to tell their stories, so if I decided to focus on lesser known or controversial people who could tell me more about their lives and motivations.