Crossfit Level 1 Cert
B.S. Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics
I think growing up with 2 siblings created an innate competitiveness within me - sports were always my outlet. I began playing a variety of sports at a young age; basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, track and field and horseback riding. 7th grade volleyball was my first ever 'tryout' (everyone made a team but were divided into A, B and C teams). That year I made the B team and I was devastated. My dad sat me down that day and spoke the most profound truth into me "Self-pity is not an option - it won't come easy but if you want a different outcome, work for it. When you think you've worked hard enough, you haven't and keep working." All season I found ways to refine my skills (private lessons), absorbed as much knowledge as possible (asked lots of questions) and busted my ass all season (stayed after practice and worked with whatever coach would stay). That next year I made the A team.
What my dad said to me that day has stuck with me everyday since. Just when I think I've learned all that I can learn, I haven't. Just when I think I've mastered a skill or movement, I still have work to do. And just when I think I have defeated my ego-filled self, I am quickly humbled. These experiences have made me into the athlete/coach I am today.
As a female growing up with the influence of social media, I have struggled with body image issues - for me this led to self mutilation and eating disorders. CrossFit helped me tremendously. Not only with the body issues but to also discover my most destructive enemy - ME. I had a self inflated sense of self yet I didn't have anything nice to say ABOUT myself and TO myself. Each day was filled with negative self talk (I struggled to recognize any accomplishments) and harmful habits.
I walked through the doors of a Crossfit gym and saw rule #1 written on the board "leave your ego at the door" and I remember thinking to myself "psh okay". Foundations Day 1 was running, air squats, ring rows and pushups - I was brought to my knees and humbled real quick. It was that moment my whole life changed.
Once my ego was stripped from me, it exposed all my physical but also mental weaknesses and self doubt. I was overwhelmed with how much I hated myself. I sought out therapy, listened to books and podcasts and reached out to family and friends for support. It was a process but I had to learn to trust in the journey, believe in the positive support system surrounding me but most importantly I had to learn to love myself.
I am now comfortable with being my own worst enemy - as long as I am also my biggest supporter.
Motivation & Passion
My purposes for coaching are my love for this sport and all it has to offer physically and mentally and to pass along the wisdom that has been bestowed upon me over the years. To see people reach optimal fitness and watch this sport make defining changes in people's lives is my motivation.
Getting a good workout is certainly significant but FORM is most important to me as a coach. To give each member functional fitness injury free is my ultimate goal.