Get to know 2x Ambitious All-Star, Jenny Mayfield

1. Why do you workout? 

I work out so I can be healthy and strong. I always feel great and energized after a workout no matter how tired I feel before going in to a training session.


2. What made you seek out and join a training program rather than just joining a traditional gym?

As I completed a difficult set of trap bar deadlifts and goblet squats today, I thought why would anyone want to spend 30 minutes on an elliptical machine? Or on a treadmill? It would be so boring and how can anyone get better and stronger from doing that?

The amount of thought and effort that Carmen puts in to mapping out our training sessions is not lost on me. I’m so thankful I don’t even have to think about what we need to do when we come in because he already has a fun and challenging workout planned for us. I also love being a part of a group fitness class. I learn so much not only from Carmen but also from my workout partners. Everyone keeps me motivated and striving for more. 


3. What do you view as your most significant health and fitness accomplishment(s) since training at Ambitious Athletics? How did you get there? 

I’ve made some major changes to my lifestyle that have made such a huge difference to my health and fitness levels. Many of you already know I’ve lost 20 lbs of body fat, but the fact that I’ve managed to keep off that weight two years later really goes to show that Carmen taught me lifelong skills that are sustainable.  To me, that is almost a bigger accomplishment than losing the weight in the first place.  I do not think of how I eat as a diet. I see it as a way of fueling my body so I can feel good.


4. In 5 words or less, describe Ambitious Athletics to an outsider.

Fun, personalized, challenging, teamwork, results


5. If you could share some words of wisdom to a new member at Ambitious, what would you tell them?

I was intimidated when I first started to workout at Ambitious Athletics. I had never lifted weights like that before, and I was already “not in my 30’s” anymore. I didn’t think I would ever be strong enough or see any sort of progress. I was so wrong! I did get stronger, and I’ve improved in so many ways even beyond the gym. Just try it, and you might be surprised of what you can learn about yourself!


Rapid Fire

Squat, bench, deadlift or overhead press? Deadlift

Pick one music album to listen to for leg day, what is it? Give me an 80’s mix any day!

Bicep or tricep pump? Tricep

 Coffee or tea? Tea

AM or PM training? AM  (shout out to the 7:15 crew!)

Sled or assault bike finisher? Sled

 Rice or potatoes? Rice

 T-shirt or Tank? T-shirt

Foam roller or lacrosse ball? Bumpy foam roller

Real book or Kindle? I’m a Kindle convert.

 High-five or fist bump? Fist bump + bomb