Name: Shannon Jaeger
Hogwart’s House: Hufflepuff
Movement Minneapolis team member since:
What’s your athletic/fitness background?
I grew up around sports and being active — softball, tennis, curling, dabbled in hockey. I’ve learned I’m much more motivated to run when there’s a ball to chase after.
What brought you to the Movement?
I wasn’t happy with the gyms I had been going to. My friend Sara recommend I check out The Movement. She had recently moved to Montana and stated “If I was still in Minnesota, this would be the gym I’d go to.”
Do you remember your first workout and what you thought of it?
I remember the first coach I met was Kate and she took me through my intro class. I immediately loved how the classes had the ability to be differentiated and, using biofeedback, tailored to what your body needs on that given day.
What’s been the biggest change since joining the Movement?
Confidence. Both at the gym and how I carry myself in my personal and professional life. I feel good about myself.
Tell us about your most memorable PR.
I remember coming in on Friday, during our last max week this spring. We were supposed to try to max on a trap bar deadlift and carry for one length of the gym. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do much. Deadlifting and then having to carry it the length of the gym?!? If you know me, you know I’m not one to back away from a new challenge, so we started loading up the bar to see what I could do.
On my last attempt, I initially couldn’t get the bar to move, so I tried again and was able to lift it and carry it the length of the gym. This was the first time I had failed initially on a max attempt and gave it another shot and got it. I ended up with 250 on the bar, but it wasn’t necessarily the number I was proud of — more so the confidence I had gained and my ability to get over an initial failure. In the past my mind had always overpowered the strength of my body. I surprised myself with what my body was able to do that day.
Do you have a favorite exercise/workout/training style? If so, what is it?
Deadlift. Deadlift. Deadlift.
Whenever I walk in and see Hop Back Deadlifts, Kettlebell Swing Clean & Press or Kettlebell Swing Snatch written on the board I get a little giddy about the workout.
How about your least favorite exercise/workout?
If you want to see me get frustrated really quickly, bring me to a Zumba class.
Do you prefer training solo or with a partner/team/class?
A little bit of both. I’ve definitely gotten more social since working out at the Movement. I like having other people around to talk to (some coaches might even say I talk too much) and I really value the relationships I’ve built with people since joining the Movement. There are still days when I don’t feel social. I’ll put myself in a little corner of the gym and knock out the workout for the day.
When did you know you were hooked?
I knew I was hooked when I noticed myself looking forward to going to my workout. I started showing up consistently and got to a place were I knew I could push myself to PR everyday either by increasing weight in a movement or how quickly I could do the movements. Those daily goals were incredibly motivating for me.
What does being “strong” mean to you?
For me, being strong has a lot to do with breaking away from what society says I need be or should be because I’m a woman. That has obvious application in what I do at the gym, but also in my personal life in making choices for myself that don’t always fit into the traditional expectations society has for me. I feel like I’ve never really fit into that box, even as a child I loved playing baseball and getting dirty. You couldn’t pay me to play with dolls. I’ll leave it at that — otherwise I’ll go in and end up writing the script for my next Ted Talk.
How do you spend your days when you’re not at the gym?
I’m a huge science nerd and enjoy traveling — also like photography. I spend a lot of time learning and teaching myself how to do things. I’m not the type of person who has a set list of hobbies. My specific interests seem to bounce around quite a bit, but all tend to be connected in someway to science, travel and photography.
What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a cat. This is probably a more surprising fact for people who know me fairly well. I’ve always been a dog person, but my lifestyle isn’t well suited for a dog. Sometimes when I look at him, I still can’t believe I have a cat living with me. He’s pretty cool for a cat though.
What is your favorite post workout meal?
Protein Waffles or a Strawberry Smoothie in the summer
What are you training for/what’s your next training goal?
I’m trying to improve my squat and I’m also working on some volume goals. Million Pound November is not too far off and I want to see how far I can push myself to lift in a month when November rolls around.
During what days/classtimes do you normally lift? (aka when can people find you in the gym?)
You can find me at the gym most evenings the gym is open.
How can people find/connect with you?
Instagram: sjaguar19 or Facebook
Do you have any advice for people starting out?
Be consistent. I didn’t see changes until I started showing up and putting in the work. It changed from something I had to do, to something I look forward to doing every day.
Anything else you’d like to share?
A Movement coach once said “Lift heavy shit until it’s not heavy anymore”. That’s what I try to do every day. #PREveryday