- B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice
Coach/ CrossFit Kids
As a child I was always in the water. I began swimming on a team at the age of 5 and continued swimming competitively and recreationally through college. As a wife and mother of 2 teenage boys, my goal has always been simply to be healthy so that I will be able to watch my children grow up and remain independent as I age.
I began Crossfit in 2012 when my family and I were stationed in Japan. After moving back stateside, I decided to get my CF Level 1 and CF Kids Trainer certificate. My intent is to give children an opportunity to become healthier, stronger, and happier. Crossfit teaches these young athletes the value of hard work and determination in a positive environment.
In 2017 I completed the NASM Certified Personal Trainer Course and followed up with a specialization in senior fitness. Helping athletes stay moving and able to do everyday tasks without pain is my goal, and exercise offers seniors the strength and confidence necessary to help maintain their independence.
Making exercise and healthy eating fun and enjoyable for every generation is something I believe in. Though physical limitations change with age, the need for physical activity remains constant. There is no fitness routine that should be inaccessible to any age group.
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Senior Fitness Specialist
- CrossFit Judging Course
- CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course
- CrossFit Lesson Planning
- CrossFit Scaling Course
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION AS A COACH?
II strive to make athletes of all ages comfortable inside the gym and make every effort to help them gain confidence in movement. Watching a young athlete master a skill for the first time is electrifying. It thrills me when an older athlete enhances range of motion, stability, balance and strength. I work hard to make people see that each and every single person can be an athlete. Everyone must begin somewhere.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COACHING?
I began Crossfit about 8 years ago when we were stationed overseas. My goal was simply to be healthy—to be able to watch my boys grow up and be independent in my older years. I have had the opportunity to see first hand how exercise, nutrition, and a sense of community can positively affect one’s life (and on the other hand, how the absence of those things degrades one’s quality of life). I firmly believe that good food and exercise makes a huge impact on overall health. Through Crossfit, my boys have also seen the advantages of healthy eating and exercise. That is one benefit I did not count on when I first walked through those doors—and when I really think about it, that benefit is really the most significant.
FAVORITE MOVEMENT OR WORKOUT?
ball slams and 25 Days of Christmas.
LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENT OR WORKOUT?
anything with box jumps....or thrusters....
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF IRON FOUNDRY ATHLETICS?
My husband and I have 2 teenage boys who take up the majority of our time-attending their sporting events, acting as a taxi driver, chef, etc. We have two rescue dogs that constantly feel the need for attention.
ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OR WANTING TO START CROSSFIT OR EXERCISE?
Walking through those doors is the hardest part! Any movement can easily be modified for any athlete-a brand new athlete or a seasoned veteran. Just come in, make some friends, get your heart rate up, relieve some stress and enjoy yourself.
FINISH WITH A JOKE.
An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough. Strong people don't put other people down. They lift them up and slam them to the ground for maximum impact. Chuck Norris can do push-ups in a sit-up position. Forced Reps - For the reluctant exerciser, every single rep of a workout is a forced rep. This is especially true when they have a mean trainer. In The Zone - Tired and incoherent during a workout. Commonly described out of the gym as "spaced out."