Congrats to Jill on being named CFF’s June Athlete of the month… Get to know another one of the members at the box!
JUNE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!
Name: Jillian Cardamone
Nickname: Jill, and my family calls me Bean
Where are you from? Montvale, NJ
Occupation? Process Engineer for Simple Meals & Sauces at Campbell’s Soup
Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption. Although I don’t watch many movies because I almost always fall asleep, typically after the first 12 minutes.
Favorite music or artist: I listen to a lot of podcasts, does that count? Big fan of classic rock too.
Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite food: Chocolate, ice cream, easy mac, tater tots…to name a few
Favorite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine
What is your fitness background? I’ve always been a runner. I played soccer growing up and ran track in high school. In college, I dabbled with recreational squash and intramural horseshoes. Two years ago, I started curling in a weekly league (think Winter Olympics – not hair or bicep curling), as well as triathlons in the summer. I like trying new athletic hobbies 🙂
It there a specific sport, activity or goal that you are training for, if any? The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon! After three years of entering the lottery, I finally got a spot. It will be my third full marathon and fun fact – falls just short of my 26.2nd birthday.
How long have you been doing the sport of CrossFit? 3 years
Since joining CFF what changes have you seen in yourself? Both physically and mentally? I feel like having a strength portion of the class has significantly benefited my lifting endurance. Before CFF, I would rarely wod and strength on the same day. And mentally, I’ve stopped cherry-picking wods since it’s impossible because Goose never posts them ahead of time.
What is your least favorite CrossFit Move? Snatches
What is your most favorite CrossFit move? Cleans
Is there any particular WOD that you can remember is your favorite? Isn’t that an oxymoron – “favorite WOD”? I like anything involving the combination of legs and lungs – ie some form of running, cleans and deadlifts.
What are some of your CrossFit goals that you have for yourself in the next year? Nothing specific – my goal each day is to show up, work hard and make the most of the hour.
What are you passionate about? Excel spreadsheets. And food. Sometimes even food related spreadsheets. Anyways, I love working with food, baking desserts and trying new restaurants in Philly. Food brings people together.
What is something that others may not know about you? I volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA by sitting on the Girl Scout Gold Award committee. I mentor high school girls working on their Gold Award project. I am constantly inspired at the incredible service projects they do to help the communities.
What’s been your best memory since joining CFF? Definitely Festivus. I enjoyed spending the day competing and cheering other members on, as well as the post-festivus festive meal. It was a fun way to participate as an individual, yet still have a team presence.