CrossFit Level 1 Coach
The turning point for me was fitness. I started going to the gym to run and maybe lift a little weight, nothing serious, and honestly not really for good reasons. I was trying to do everything I could to get “skinnier”. So I would go and get on a treadmill, and I started to watch the women in the gym walking around with such confidence, moving from one piece of equipment to another. They were working HARD and their bodies showed that effort. At first, that made me feel worse about myself, but I would keep watching them from my treadmill though, and eventually, I also started to move around the gym, trying out different pieces of equipment. That led me to the world wide web for guidance, which opened up this whole new fitness world to me. It was obvious my current "diet" wouldn't support the things I wanted to do, so I had to make a choice: Fitness or Bulimia? I chose fitness. I did the bodybuilding-style workouts for years, and while I had lots of progress, I found myself getting a little bored with it. As fate would have it, I stumbled across a video from the CrossFit Games, and THAT didn't look boring at all! I walked into my local box, did my first WOD (almost died) and I've been hooked ever since! While I love all forms of fitness, I don't think I had a good handle on what "healthy" really was until I started CrossFit. These women weren't trying to look "skinny" they were trying to get strong and see what they were genuinely capable of. It was AMAZING, and I still find it to be the most beautiful thing to witness. It opened my eyes to what I felt "beauty" and "fit" really looked like. Add to that the confidence it gives me day in and day out from the opportunities to show up for myself, to do tough things that I thought I couldn't do, to push past my perceived limits, to push past other people's doubts, and to prove myself wrong when I doubt myself. That stuff bleeds over into every aspect of your life. The woman I am today would never make herself sick to look a certain way, would never starve herself to fit into a pair of "skinny" jeans, and knows that there is more to being healthy than a number on a scale. Ultimately, I think being "healthy" is a journey, one that I lovingly refer to as "The Journey to Suck Less." and I feel more on track than I've ever been.
Motivation & Passion
My passion is to remind people of what they are capable of and to help them learn to love and appreciate the body they are in throughout their journey. Whether that be by getting one more rep, finally wearing shorts because they've decided they don't hate their legs, five more pounds on a back squat, giving up soda, running your first mile under 10 mins, or maybe simply having the confidence to finally ask for something you want. All those little wins, I want to be apart of those.