How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started in 2011 and remember the sheer terror of not knowing anything. I literally had never touched a barbell in my life until that day.

What was your first CrossFit workout and how did you do?

I honestly can’t remember my first workout but the memory that stands out in my mind is back squatting for the first time. I loved it. The two ladies I partnered with took me under their wings and guided me through it all. I’ll never forget how grateful I was for them and the feeling of being accepted (even though I was clueless haha).

What’s your athletic background?

Did you play any sports growing up? I played baseball as a small child and ice hockey as a young adult. Running was my passion prior to starting CrossFit. I’ve always been active and somewhat athletic.

What inspires you as a coach – why do you do it?

I love being able to motivate and encourage others. The feeling of trustworthiness that follows sharing a great advancement in an athlete’s journey is what warms my heart. I want to see success, no matter how small, because there is always a positive in each training session.

What are your favorite and least favorite CrossFit movements?

“I love running. Running is my favorite!” Least favorite would be toe to bar…uugghh the struggle is real.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone new to CrossFit?

Be vulnerable. Nothing easy comes without hard work and dedication. Set goals and crush them, one by one. No matter your athletic level, start with perfecting base movements and climb from there. Trust your struggle.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit (community, challenging workouts, friends, etc?)

Two things that I could never choose between:community and drive. I tend to come across as quiet and reserved but sharing my passion for CrossFit with others has formed some of the most meaningful relationships I could imagine. For that I am so thankful. (Ps I always love a good laugh so bring all the jokes on!). The drive is also just as important to me. I push myself harder and love all the things I find out about myself while doing so. Crossfit has made me experience this more times than any other challenge in my life and I will always crave it.

List any athletic accolades, CrossFit or otherwise (college sports, national events, etc.)

I don’t have many accolades but have competed in numerous CrossFit competitions and made podium a handful of times. I have completed a marathon and several half marathons (I ran the Blue Ridge half marathon TWICE and hit my personal best time of a solid 2:00).

List of credentials/certs.

CrossFit Level 1

CPR certified (for two and four-legged creatures)

LVT (licensed veterinary technician)