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It is such an honor to have Jackie Hanna as the December (and final one of 2019) Athlete of the Month at CFSO. Watching Jackie up her game crush the workouts in recent months in nothing short of amazing!
It’s almost as if everyone knows when they partner with her, she will not only push them to work harder, but also make them smile and laugh along the way. Truly camaraderie as its best!!
Tell everyone about yourself!
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I attended Fisk University here in Nashville, TN. After graduating in 2007, I received a teaching position and have been here ever since! While attending Fisk I met my wonderful husband and we have 2 beautiful children 10yr girl named Aria and 3yr old boy named Tristan!

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What currently fills up all of your available time?
I am currently seeking a Doctorate degree in Music & Worship Studies from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). I also enjoy teaching General Music full time for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Also, I serve as a worship leader for youth choirs at 2 different churches. On top of all of this, I devote whatever time is left to my family! I enjoy playing super heroes with my son and letting my daughter give me pedicures and yes spending my money! They’re my heart!!! ❤️
What got you to give CrossFit a chance?
I was a Beach-Body fanatic and loved to complete programs like Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and 21 Day Fix. But all this was inside my living room all by myself! Pretty boring I know! Lol! I remember receiving these email blasts to my work computer during the school year wanting me to try CrossFit! I watched the video sample and thought oooh this looks fun! I spoke with my husband about it and he said I should go for it! I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love it! I liked the idea of being around a lot of people who didn’t know me and did not judge me. So finally I found something I could do to stay healthy but in a live fashion! No more videos and honestly I can’t even find them anymore!
What else about CrossFit Classes do you enjoy?
I would also add, the people at CrossFit Solid Orange are pretty dope and different! They keep me laughing and I pretty much forget about my busy world for 1-hour a day and it’s worth it! The coach also makes this experience so much better than Shaun T videos as he is truly humble, cares about my health, and allows me to hear his interesting singing/rapping skills during the workouts. 🔥

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What have you learned about yourself since starting CrossFit?
I learned that I am more determined and capable to complete a task I never dreamed I’d do.
What is your proudest moment at CFSO?
I have to admit, seeing my name at the top of the scoreboard from a Workout of the Day (WOD) was quite amazing! I NEVER thought I’d see that! Lol!
What is something you have dreamed of doing for a long time?
I’ve always wanted to go on Wheel of Fortune and am still waiting on that call telling me I’m invited!!! I feel like I’m getting close because 2 people I know have recently been on there!

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Tell us something people don’t know about you?
I was a Fisk Jubilee Singer (if you don’t know about them look them up!) and traveled all over the world to sing like Ghana and Spain and in so many states. I also love to eat a bowl of cereal every night before going to bed! I know pitiful!
What is your favorite type of cake? (since you are such a big fan..)
I have a horrible sweet tooth crave that I have a hard time avoiding! Homemade Coconut Cake is my absolute favorite! If I can add, I also ENJOY Jenis Brown Butter Almond Brittle Ice Cream !!!
Cheesiest and most memorable warm-up we’ve done?
That darn Roxanne (by The Police) warmup! Geeze I don’t think I ever want to hear that song again Lol!!