November Athlete Spotlight: Jacquie Orrino

Tell us something about your life outside of CrossFit (career, family, hobbies, etc).

I’m currently in the middle of a career change. I spent five years at an investment management firm I love and have a great deal of respect for but ultimately felt a calling to follow my passion for helping people. I decided to leave Vanguard this past May to pursue a career in nursing and will be starting Jefferson’s accelerated nursing program in Philadelphia in May 2018.

I’m also training for the Philly Marathon in November. This will be my fourth (and hopefully final!) marathon … already looking forward to devouring a burger and milkshake after the finish and watching the Eagles beat the Cowboys that night :) .

My favorite book or movie:

Long Shots by Jay Bilas — I am a huge Villanova Basketball fan and was fortunate to be able to travel in 2016 to see the Elite Eight and Final Four victories in Louisville and Houston. This book dives into the history of Villanova Basketball and the championship program Jay Wright created leading up to one of the greatest games in sports history.

My favorite local restaurant:

Does the Coffee Room count? If not, either Jules in Newtown or Bryn & Dane’s in Horsham.

Tell us something that we don’t know or would be surprised to learn about you:

I love baseball. One of my bucket list items is to see a game in every MLB stadium. I’m halfway through 30!

How I was introduced to CrossFit:

I was looking to switch up my normal fitness routine a couple of years ago and decided to join Crossfit Inspire in Malvern, which was only a few miles from Vanguard’s campus. I quickly fell in love with the intensity of the workouts, the people, and the neverending desire to keep getting better.

My fitness routine before CrossFit:

I had always lived by the “60 minute” mindset — unless I worked out for 60 minutes, I told myself I didn’t get a good workout in that day. I mixed regular gym sessions with outdoor runs and Les Mills, bootcamp, and spin classes. I loved the satisfaction I got after a good workout, but I never looked forward to workouts as much as I do now. I also love that Crossfit completely erased my 60 minute mindset.

My thoughts after my first CrossFit workout:

I love this. It’s intense, competitive, and brings back memories of the team sports atmosphere. The loud music rocks too.

My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is:

Those 11 handstand push-ups… :) .

I was so happy Matt convinced me I was capable of competing in H2H a few weeks ago with Carrie and was proud of us for doing it. Though the HSPUs took a while (and Carrie was a beast on the rower), I loved the thrill and environment of a competition and already can’t wait to do another one.

My favorite WOD is: Annie – short and sweet.

My Favorite Lift is: Deadlift

My next goal is: Bar muscle-ups!

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

In general, Crossfit (and CFN specifically) has made me a happier, more confident, and more positive individual. I also love the mental toughness that Crossfit has built in me — I constantly relate my approach to getting through a bad day or specific pain outside of the gym to pushing through a tough workout.

Physically, Crossfit has put me in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and in combination with a focus on my nutrition recently, I feel better than I ever have. My marathon training consists of only one long run per week (and Crossfit five or six days per week), and I am surprisingly faster than I’ve ever been.

What I love most about CrossFit Newtown:

The community. I’ve gotten sappy a few times lately about how appreciative I am of everything this community has done for me since I joined in May. There are so many things I love about it — the positive energy, the amazing coaches, the relationships I’ve formed inside and outside of the gym, and the way we all push each other to be better athletes and better people are all incredible.

What advice I would give to someone just joining CrossFit Newtown:

Don’t be intimidated — everyone started in your shoes at some point, and everyone has weaknesses.

Do you have any diet/nutritional advice?


Kidding, but not really … #macros #G-Lean

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