Level One Trainer...and counting!
I can specifically pinpoint the moment in my life I started having body image issues all the way back to second grade. I started comparing myself to others and wishing I had “fill-in-the-blank” of theirs. Those thoughts continued to plague me for years. In 2014, I moved to North Carolina for my first teaching job. I had heard of CrossFit and thought I would give it a try. I found so much more than just a gym; I found a community.
When I moved home a year later, I knew I had to find a new CrossFit gym. I settled at Spartan (and have never looked back). But those same body issues continued to follow me around-- not being fit enough, skinny enough, healthy enough. I had tried multiple diets, workouts, and shaming tactics, but always ended up back at square one. Through Spartan CrossFit and working directly with Semma through Precision Nutrition, those decades old issues slowly began to fade away.
Through CrossFit, I have learned that I am tough; that I can accomplish difficult things...with the help of that body I had put down for years. CrossFit has helped to see myself in a different light. It is SO AMAZING that we can climb a rope, flip a tire, move thousands of pounds in a single session, pull up our body weight, run various distances, do handstand push-ups, and so much more. Through CrossFit, I have found that I want my body to continue to be able to accomplish these things, so I am going to do what I can do make that happen, through improved health, both mentally and physically. To me, CrossFit is humbling and motivating. It is sacrifice and gaining. It is life changing. So, I apologize in advance if I talk about CrossFit too much, but I owe a lot to it. Every day, it reminds me of how far I’ve come, and how much more I can still accomplish (I’m talking about you, handstand walks!!)
Motivation & Passion
I love watching people succeed. CrossFit has given me so much, and I want to give back. I think sometimes people have the thought that CrossFit is just for people already in peak physical performance. It’s not. It’s for everyone. My goal as a coach is to help everyone where they are at. Whether you are fresh off of the couch, or fresh off of your third marathon, I want to help you reach your goals!