Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. Growing up in the Colorado Rockies with an active family, she has spent her entire life embracing the outdoors and treating it as a natural playground. At the age of three, her parents took her on her first high mountain hike (10 miles round trip). Although she may have been coaxed up the trail with Reese’s Pieces, she walked every step of the way.
As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through running endurance races, anywhere from 5Ks to marathons.
Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. CrossFit is a worldwide competitive fitness sport combining Olympic lifting, gymnastics skills, and endurance events that put athletes through grueling workouts to be crowned the “Fittest on the Planet.”
Jenny is a 2-time Reebok CrossFit Games competitor, earning 6th place in 2011 and winning the Northern California Regionals in 2012. Although CrossFit has become the main stay of her training, the little girl picking up Reese’s Pieces remains alive inside. The mountains are where her heart is, whether mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, or just being with her boyfriend, Marcus, and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo.
Jenny has chosen a career as a strength and conditioning coach so she can share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness.
Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her 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 a person is coming from, Jenny’s mission is to make each individual realize and reach his or her potential. She has helped prove to her clients that they can be stronger, more fit, and healthier.
Jenny has achieved all of her accomplishments with something that many would think would hinder such success. Jenny lives with epilepsy. She was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 8 years. The cause was a scar that developed on her brain from childhood meningitis. Jenny experiences tonic-clonic seizures (formerly known as grand mal seizures) that are controlled by medicine but leave her with a constant tingling sensation in her left arm. In 2012, she released a video to the public, Jenny LaBaw: Living with Epilepsy, briefly explaining her journey through life with epilepsy and how she has overcome the challenges.
The fear, embarrassment, and hesitation that Jenny felt about epilepsy was all put to rest when she received an overwhelmingly positive response after posting her video on YouTube. This encouragement has led her to 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 she can to support research to find a cure.