I come from a really active and athletic family. Growing up, I was involved in every sport, but I never excelled at anything until I started swimming competitively. I would train 4 hours a day, 6 days a week and I loved it but after moving to Texas, I decided I needed a break. I ran, and went to the gym in college but I was only working out so that I wouldn't gain weight which wasn't a lot of fun for me. My mom had been doing CrossFit since its genesis and one Christmas I dropped into her box. I was instantly hooked and as soon as I got back to school, I found a CrossFit gym near campus. I loved seeing myself get stronger. I was no longer working out for the mirror, I was working out with purpose. When I moved to Austin in 2013 I found a gym and the owner asked me to get my L1 so that I could potentially coach. My passion for health, fitness and overall wellness has grown exponentially since first receiving my L1 in 2013. I loved coaching and eventually received a certification in Personal Training so that I could help people who had individualized goals as well. I continue to be in awe of our bodies and how much they are capable of. I love learning about Nutrition and how it plays a huge role in our overall health. I am learning about how important the mind is, and how our mindset can drastically impact our health and our performance in and outside of the gym. I am extremely passionate about overall wellness. I believe the work we do in the gym should be reflected in the choices we make outside of the gym. I love CrossFit because it will expose weaknesses in areas of our lives that need attention. My goal as a personal trainer and as a coach is not to make fitter looking humans. While aesthetics is a nice bi-product of overall health and fitness, it is not what motivates me to do what I do. I want to help people live fuller, longer, healthier, more active lives so that they can do things that they love for a longer period of time. I also believe healthy humans are generally happier and friendlier and the world needs more of that!
What do you love about coaching?
I learn so much from people as I coach. People tend to doubt themselves. The most rewarding thing for me as a coach is watching an athlete do something they didn't think they could do.
Favorite go to meal?
Home made hash- sweet potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, breakfast sausage or bacon, spinach, with an egg on top, and SALSA! Honestly I just throw whatever veggies are in the fridge into the cast iron and mix it with some sort of meat and put an egg on top. I have it at least once a week.
Favorite thing to do when your not coaching/working?
I love to get outside with my husband and my dog!
I have been trying to read a book a month this year (2019). I think my two favorites right now are "Nightingale" and Eleanor Oliphant’s is Completely Fine.
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears" -Nelson Mandela.
Best advice you've ever received?
Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. If you aren't catching a theme in my life, I have allowed anxiety and fear drive me in the past. Two or three years ago a friend of mine quoted this verse and reminded me that God has me and He knows what the future holds. I don't need to worry about tomorrow because I don't know what tomorrow holds. I can walk out in faith each day, knowing that worrying about tomorrow will only dim the experiences of today, it will not change the future and I can trust the One who does know the future. Even if you don't believe in God, I think this piece of advice is still applicable. Worry does not change the future but it does make for a very anxious present.