- Coach and Foundations Coach
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer(CF-L1 Trainer)
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- BA in Gerontology
- CrossFit Kids Coaching Certified
- CrossFit Gymnastics Coaching Certified
I spent the majority of my youth training as a competitive speed skater and ran cross-country on both my high school and college teams in an effort to remain conditioned during off-seasons.
Life became a whirlwind after that between travel, getting married and starting a family. In what feels like a blink of an eye I went from a competitive athlete to a sedentary, happily married, mother of three who upon turning 40 took a long, hard look in the mirror and no longer recognized herself. Somehow, I had managed to gain upwards of 70 lbs. and had totally lost touch with my old self, let alone the competitive side of it. Somewhere along the way, I had met a fellow preschool mom, who was running a Crossfit box out of her garage. She introduced me to the Crossfit methodology and I can still remember leaving that garage feeling both defeated as well as inspired!
Luckily, I managed to keep that feeling with me as I went through both a move and a not so expected 3rd pregnancy (for which I am now eternally grateful for). When I finally made the decision to make a change, I found myself blindly jumping full force onto a diet that my younger sister and brother in law were having great success with at the time. Basically, it was a low glycemic/high protein diet and before I knew it pounds that I had struggled to lose for years were just falling off. For the first time in my life I started to make the connection between sugar/carbs & weight loss /increased energy & I was hooked and have never looked back! I became increasingly more confident and actually began making regular use of the gym membership that I had been paying for on a monthly basis for all of those years!
It was about this time that those feelings about Crossfit that I had tabled began to resurface. I began researching local Crossfit boxes but couldn’t help but feel intimidated looking at the photos of insanely fit athletes that were posted on their websites. As luck would have it, my husband was working in the area at the time and mentioned that he saw that Crossfit Brickyard was scheduled to open. I told myself that this was a sign and that being a new box, surely there would be other new people so perhaps I could fly under the radar. My last obstacle/excuse was that I had would have a toddler in tow. Of course, in his usual fashion, Gerry managed to talk me out of that excuse as he and Michele not only had a toddler of their own, but also had an entire enclosed play area for the kids to hang out in while I got my workout in! Anyway, I somehow managed to make my way in that first day and can honestly say that I have never, ever looked back (despite driving in with white knuckles& periodic nervous pee stops along the way for many weeks)!! I just can’t imagine my life without Crossfit at this point. Not only am I in the best shape of my life but also I am once again in touch with the competitive athlete within. I continue to accomplish things both mentally and physically on a daily basis that I never thought possible!
I think the thing I love most about Crossfit is that it truly can be whatever you need/want it to be. It can be as simple as getting you in great shape and shedding a few pounds all the way up to becoming competitive or keeping you elite in your specialty and anywhere in between… your call!
I am so very grateful to be given both the opportunity and the privilege to train incoming members in our foundations program. Even after 2 years of being at Brickyard I am still so in touch with those initial emotions! I can honestly say that I hope I never lose touch with those emotions b/c I will forever be grateful for all of the strength and confidence I have gained along the way and never want to take it for granted.
That said, I am thoroughly enjoying watching all of the foundations graduates cycle into the regular classes and watching the same happen for them!
In addition to coaching our Foundations classes, I enjoy helping out with our Crossfit Kids program. I love instilling a love of fitness and the confidence that comes along with, in our youngest members (including a few of my own)!