April Schaeffer

Assistant Coach

April Schaeffer

Assistant Coach

Biography

In 2013 I found myself in a fitness slump after a few rounds of a popular at home cross training program. My best friend had been a J5 member for a while and had been nudging me to give it a try…one class was all it took! Hooked!

The J5 community has become a huge part of my family’s life-most recently supporting me through my recovery from Breast Cancer Surgery! That journey has made me appreciate my body and what it’s capable of more than ever!

Favorite thing about coaching?
Sharing a good tip!
Every coach tells you how to do things a different way-it takes just one to share a tip that “clicks”!
I love being a part of the “beginners” journey! Watching people see what their bodies are actually capable of is so inspiring! Whenever a new athlete says “I’ll never do that”, I love assuring them “just not YET”
First CrossFit WOD & when?
Karen. 2013
Couldn’t walk for a week but now it’s one of my favorites!
Least Favorite Benchmark?
Helen.
Running is my weakness and pull-ups when tired from running is torture!
Favorite Benchmark?
Diane because I LOVE HSPUs.
Karen a close 2nd.
Which CrossFit Movement is totally in your wheelhouse?
Squats. All of them!!
Favorite Cheat Meal?
Mexican!
Favorite Supplement?
BCAAs-makes my water tasty.
Favorite CrossFit Athlete?
Always Christmas Abbott.
I love that she didn’t have any fitness background and for a tiny framed woman-like myself-was able to be so strong.
Advice to new CrossFit Athletes?
Don’t rush it.
Enjoy the process.
Learn quality over quantity!
Try and be “pretty good” at all the CrossFit’s not just really good at a few-it’ll make you a better athlete!
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Time travel.
There’s so many awesome moments in life I’d love to relive!

Tell us one thing about yourself not related to CrossFit?

I’m an animal lover. All animals. In particular horses-so much that I became an Equine Massage Therapist in 2016 and it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done!