didn’t give me much time to just sit around playing with dolls. I would rather be hanging
out with him even if that meant being outside working, playing some game that only he knew the rules
of or watching Saturday morning superhero cartoons.
In elementary school, my parents realized that some type of organized sport would be good for me so I
started with basketball. In junior high, I added volleyball and followed in my brother’s footsteps starting
track. I continued all three throughout high school and was fortunate to attend Park University on a
volleyball and track (javelin and shot put 😉 scholarship.
After graduating from Park, real life began and started to take a toll on my physical fitness. I was
teaching high school and coaching volleyball. Open gyms a couple times a week was nothing compared
to practicing/playing 5-6 days a week. I had been teaching and coaching for 2 years when I married my
best friend and the day before my 26th
(well, if I couldn’t be an Olympic level athlete)…I was mom. Over the next 9 years, we added 3 more to
the mix. During this time, I became even more out of shape even though I was visiting a globo gym 4-5
times a week.
In 2012, a great friend got me interested in CrossFit and I found I-35. My first workout killed me…in
every good way possible. I hadn’t REALLY lifted since college track and to be honest, I love being strong.
CrossFit has pushed me harder than I have ever been pushed and has provided me with an opportunity
to feel athletic again. Walking into classes and seeing the same faces day after day allowed me to make
close friends that would push me, critique me, and praise me-much like a team.
After participating in classes for almost a year, I decided that I wanted to go to the next level. I wanted
to coach. I signed up for the certification course and during those 2 days had my love and respect
of CrossFit strengthened. My hope is to now be able to help others realize the potential they have
whether it be the college age kid dreaming of being an elite athete, the stay at home mom who needs
an outlet, or the 50 yr old who may never have played a sport at all.