When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started? I started CF about two and half years ago. My sister in law introduced it to me. I was hooked after my first WOD! What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?My favorite WOD’s are EMOM’s and my least favorite WOD’s are AMRAP’s. What is your favorite/least favorite movement? My favorite movements include deadlifts, squats, push-ups, wall balls, and rowing!! Least favorite movements are thrusters, burpees, and OHS.Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)As most of you know, I got married last year in Park City, Utah up in the mountains. It was absolutely perfect!! Dennis and I have four Maltese, Bailey, Beemer, Bella, and Bennie that are our children. I’m in my last semester of graduate school getting my Masters in Counseling Psychology. So my life basically consists of going to the gym for 2 hours a day ( one of those hours is dedicated to socializing and getting my friend fix) and the rest of my day is typically spent sitting in front of a computer doing homework. Very exciting, I know.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit?I was a yoga teacher for 15 years before I started CF. I’m certified in power, vinyasa, and ashtanga. Ashtanga was my favorite. While CF and Ashtanga are very different, they are very similar psychologically. They both strip you of your ego, and expose your weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In yoga, the poses aren’t the purpose, the purpose of yoga is how you practice off the mat. Meaning, when you’re faced with a challenging posture during your yoga practice you can either be frustrated and shut down or you can embrace where you are and breathe through the moment. How does that translate into practicing yoga off of the mat? We all have experiences in our daily lives that challenge us. We can choose to shut down, or we can accept where we are and continue to move forward. I believe the same is true for CF. There have been many times that I wanted to quit or give up, but I haven’t. I have continued to show up, work hard, and push through tough times. Again, in my daily life I continue to show up face my fears and move forward!What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?I thought to myself, “what the hell was that?!” I loved it! I loved everything about it, and I still do!!What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?I didn’t have any goals when I started CF because I didn’t really know what to expect. But soon after I my goals kind of popped up on their own. I wanted to learn how to do pull ups and I did, I wanted to clean more than 125# and I did after about a year!! I wanted to learn how to do dubs and I DID!!Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?Absolutely!! I have a whole new family of friends!! I have met some of my very best friends at 913. I can’t even express how grateful I am that 913 is my gym, my home, my sanity!
Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?After begging Tara to do our New Year’s Eve comp this year, we placed second in our scaled division. I still think we should’ve won, I’m pretty sure Andy and Jenni bribed the judges.What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?Just keep showing up!! It’s hard, it’s a times frustrating, but don’t give up on yourself. You deserve to be the healthiest version of yourself!Something you might not know about me is?If you don’t already know, I’ve been in active recovery from Anorexia and compulsive over exercise since 2006!! My recovery has definitely not been perfect, but I show up every single day!!