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Extremist: Carissa Zenorini


Finding balance between your work, adventure, & fitness


staff_carissaYou too can have it all when it comes to fitness and your health; I am going to show you how via hard-working professionals JUST LIKE YOU. And, to kick it all off, we have
Carissa Zenorini of Absolute Adventures, INC. JōbuFIT had a great chat with the owner and CEO of the wonderful company that brings a wide variety of team building events to corporate clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.

JF: At Absolute Adventures, what kind of events do you provide?

CZ: Our events are designed to be fun and productive days out of the office and the options include experiences like GPS Scavenger Hunts, Sailing Regattas, Kayaking, Culinary Team Building, Mind-Bending Treasure Hunts, Wine Blending and much more. We can accommodate groups of 10 to 500+ people.

JF: Since you are the owner and CEO do you organize and run all of these events on your own?

CZ: Yes, I do operate on my own. I do everything in the office which includes (but is definitely not limited to) sales, marketing, PR, accounting, website maintenance and new event development, so I am in my office A LOT. But I do get to enjoy facilitating and participating in as many of the actual events as I can, although I have a great crew of contractors and partners that also help out with this.

JF: What do you do to “stay in shape”?

CZ: I always prefer to work out in the morning. I generally run in the mornings and follow it up with sit ups and push ups. I find running to be the most time efficient, because can walk out the door of my house and be exercising immediately, eliminating the travel time. Being a working mom, every minute counts.

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JF: Have you always been a “fit” person or did something change in your life to make you fitness conscious?: 

CZ: Yes, I have been an athlete my entire life. I started with gymnastics, swimming and soccer. Eventually focusing in on springboard diving which I competed in during my college years; I was the USA National Champion in 1998.

JF: WOW. With an accomplishment like that I doubt you have any fitness low points.

CZ: Actually, I hit a personal low when I decided to train for a marathon. I decided to train for the marathon shortly after I graduated college because I didn’t want to give up being an “elite athlete”. I ignored signs of pain in my foot and continued to train. I ended up with a stress fracture that not only took me out of the marathon but also prevented me from doing anything else for a couple of months.

JF: Is there any advice you would give the everyday hard-working professional that wants to train for something as involved as a marathon:

CZ: Have a weekly routine, no choices make it just what you do. And, always listen to your body; taking a little time off may be worth it in order to avoid injury.

JF: Before we leave you, do you have a crazy fitness story?: 

CZ: Before family life, I often had crazy weekends full of as many activities as I could fit in. One of my favorite, jam packed weekends included taking an Absolute Adventures group surfing on Saturday morning, driving to the delta to wakeboard in the afternoon/early evening, sleeping on a sail boat, getting up early for quick morning wakeboard session, taking an Absolute Adventures group jet skiing later in the day and following it up with a coastal hike and oyster BBQ on our way home.

JF: That is one fitness packed weekend.

Okay, not everyone can have the crazy, jam packed weekend schedule Carissa described, but I do believe she made some great points: Commitment is key. Make time for your fitness. Make fitness part of your day; not something you try to squeeze in when you can. If a mother/CEO can do it so can you!

 

 

 

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All of these adventurous photos were taken with permission from the Absolute Adventures Website. For more photos and information on the corporate events they offer please visit: www.absoluteadv.com

 

 

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