How I Went from Childhood Dancer to Crossfit College Student

By February 27, 2016Motivation, Move

Hello Fit University! My name is Jessica Cox I am a college student at Mississippi State University where I am majoring in Kinesiology.

You are probably wondering: what in the world is that?

Kinesiology is the study of the human body and how it moves! After graduation, I hope to go to school to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.

As you might have guessed, health and fitness have always been a huge part of my life. From a really young age, my parents encouraged being active. I was enrolled in gymnastics, and loved it. Both of my parents were in the military, so we moved around quite a bit. Staying at one gym for an extended period of time was never really an option for me.  

We moved for the first time when I was 4 years old. When we moved to Mississippi, I had already started to show interest in dance. This was convenient, since there was no gymnastics gym anywhere close by; my parents thought I should give dance a try as a substitute in at our new home. You could say it worked out well: here we are now, almost 2 decades later, and I have been happily and actively dancing for close to 18 years.

dancer to crossfit

Dancing has been immensely meaningful to me—from my time participating in studio dance, competitions, and even dancing for my middle school and high schools.

Once I graduated high school, and it was time for me to move again and go up to Mississippi State, I was having a hard time coming to the realization that I would not be dancing as much anymore. Yes, I still get to dance occasionally for philanthropy events through my sorority, but it’s definitely not the same. I missed the intensity of it, the competition, the dedication – something was missing in my life.

Summer of my sophomore year, one of my good friends asked me to come visit a local Crossfit gym in our hometown. I was scared to death. I’ve always been on to trying new things but I had heard how “tough” Crossfit was. I thought to myself: there is no way I am ever going to be able to do some of these movements. Now, however, I can look back on that moment with gratitude. I couldn’t be more thankful that she asked me to go, because I haven’t looked back since. I have been able to take the focus and drive I had used for dance and gymnastics and channel it into my Crossfit training.

I’ve been training at Crossfit now for nearly 2 ½ years.

dancer to crossfit

That’s my fitness story, and my journey with healthy eating is similar! I am blessed with a mother who is from Puerto Rico—y’all, this women can cook. She has always cooked for me with fresh, local ingredients, and has always worked hard to prepare healthy meals for my family. I’ve learned so much from her, and I am so thankful! I know that whenever I have a family, I will instill those same ideals in them as well because (as I’ve seen firsthand) a healthy today is a healthy tomorrow. (Sorry for the cheesiness haha, but it’s true!)

I’m so excited to be a Fit U Ambassador this year, and I’m so excited to share my love of all things health and fitness related to readers at Mississippi State and elsewhere. I hope this gave some insight into my background on health and fitness and how they have shaped me into the person I am today.

Now: go out and get fit!

Author Jessica Cox

Jessica is a Senior at Mississippi State University, major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She is a dancer but you can know mostly see her in a Crossfit gym instead of a studio and holding a barbell instead of a barre. You will hear her talking about food or cooking it. You can check her out at @jessikate_94.

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