Jenna and Mike Sills
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
Jenna – I’m a 27-year-old Jersey girl and mighty proud of it. Before I was one half of the Sills Team, I was a Valentino. I love great Italian food and it’s physically impossible for me to talk without the use of my hands. I danced competitively (tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet) from when I was a toddler up through high school where I grew up in New Jersey. I continued to dance at a moderate level through college, but after graduation, it was hard to keep up. It took a few years (and a few painfully embarrassing Zumba classes) to figure out how to keep myself interested in staying physically active, and three years ago, I finally found it. Mike and I met in Ithaca College my freshman year – his junior year – and the rest is history! We’ve been married for two years and together for nine. In June, I started my current job as an admin specialist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Mike – I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Massachusetts. I’m a twin and wouldn’t say I was the evil twin, but we will leave it at that. After spending a number of years doing commercials, short films and various other video work, I landed as the Director of Member Media at NewTV in Newton where I oversee the studio and the technology there in. In my spare time, I’m currently producing/directing a documentary about craft beer in the U.S. (Brewland).
2. Tell us your CrossFit story (where were you before RCFBC and where are you now?)
Jenna – Before RCFBC, I belonged to KFIT, an amazing group of women based in Weymouth who follow a similar regiment to CrossFit. I joined KFIT while trying to get in better shape for my wedding and became addicted to the workouts. After the wedding, Mike wanted to get in on the action, too, and here we are! Now I can’t imagine a week without RCFBC.
Mike – I had played sports my entire life up through high school. When college hit, I stayed active in various club sports and whatever machines they had at the fitness center. After graduation I tried to stay active, but it was hard with sporadic work and we shall say I fell off. It was one of those things where you don’t really notice and then it hits you all at once. As I was figuring out what to do, I got a jump-start on losing some of the weight by way of filming in Texas for three weeks. More time passed and getting in shape really fell by the wayside. After Jenna started getting active with KFIT, it inspired me to do something about it. The On-Ramp with Mike (not third person) really sold me that this was something I want to be a part of. You really couldn’t ask for better trainers and the community is something I’m proud to be a part of.
3. What does being part of RCFBC community mean to you?
Jenna – It motivates me. My work schedule changed a few months ago, and going at night has been tough. It was always my preference to do it first thing in the morning. When Mike goes, he’ll often come back and say, “so-and-so asked where you were” and “wanted to know how you were doing.” It’s nice to be part of a community that is so aware of one another!
Mike – Staying active. Even if I can’t make a work-out one morning or have a rough week that makes it impossible to even go, I have the mindset now to do something to compensate and make sure to keep moving.
4. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Jenna – Doing 15 double-unders in a row and deadlifting over 200 lbs: two things I never thought I’d be able to do two years ago.
Mike – I would say my pull-ups and handstand push-ups. I probably could count the number of pull-ups I had done before CrossFit on two hands and I didn’t even know handstand push-ups existed in the real world. I thought they were something guys did in action movies during training sequences.
5. What are your challenges and goals going forward?
Jenna – Getting at least one pull-up without a band – just ONE! – and getting back to running. I’d love to do at least a half marathon one day. A 10k is the farthest run I’ve completed.
Mike – Muscle-Ups! Once Mike (not third person once again) said he thought I would be able to do it and I went out and proved him wrong. I will do a muscle-up, Mike….oh, and more than 3 double-unders in a row. I hate double-unders.
6. If you could describe RCFBC in one word what would it be?
Jenna – Spicy.
Mike – Spicier.