I have been an athlete my entire life. Growing up in the Colorado Rockies with an active family, I have spent my entire life embracing the outdoors and treating it as a natural playground. At the age of three, my parents took me on my first high mountain hike (10-miles round trip). Although I may have been coaxed up the trail with Reeses Pieces, I walked every step of the way. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, I competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college I found my need for competition fulfilled through running endurance races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. My competitive drive led me to CrossFit in 2010 where I started training to compete at the elite level. I am 2-time Reebok CrossFit Games competitor, earning 6th in 2011 and winning the Northern California Regionals in 2012. Although CrossFit has become a path I have chosen as my main stay of training, the little girl picking up Reeses Pieces remains alive inside. The mountains are where my heart is, whether mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, or just being with my boyfriend, Marcus, and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo.
Now, my nutritional habits have taken a turn for the better, but my love for being outside, moving, and exercising has remained consistent. I chose a career as a strength and conditioning coach so I could share my passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. My 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed me to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming from, my mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. I will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. I will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I have achieved all of my accomplishments with something that most would think would hinder such success. I have epilepsy. In 2012, I released a video to the public, Jenny LaBaw: Living with Epilepsy, briefly explaining my journey through life with epilepsy.
The fear, embarrassment and hesitation was all put to rest when I received an overwhelming response from people of all walks of life. They had epilepsy or their father, sister, or best friend did. This has given me another mission in life, to educate and inform people about epilepsy, to give people a positive place to share with and relate to others, and to do what I can to contribute in research to find a cure.