What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?
Over the years, I have known quite a few people that had worked out at CrossFit Oshkosh. I was always hesitant to try it, yet remained intrigued. After numerous invites from Molly and Reagan, I decided to check out a Wine and WOD and loved it! From there, it didn’t take more than a few days to schedule my No Sweat Intro and here I am today!

Your first impressions of CrossFit Oshkosh?
“OMG, these women are BEASTS!” I remember starting to come to classes and being so excited to see so many strong women who weren’t afraid to pick up a barbell and just crush their workout. I couldn’t stop telling my husband about how amazing it was to find a gym where I could fit in, and didn’t stand out for being a female who loved lifting weights and having muscle. The gym was filled with athletes of all ages and fitness backgrounds, who care about making each other better and were doing things I always wanted to learn!

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?
Prior to joining CrossFit, I had spent years focusing on eating for a lean physique instead of focusing on eating for performance. The concept of adjusting my macros and increasing carbs instead of my traditional higher protein ratio has been a huge mental hurdle for me. Food is fuel and if I want to continue to have enough energy and strength to be successful, I needed to get past the number on the food and bathroom scale! In addition, I am extremely competitive and have high standards for myself, that often leaves me frustrated when I can’t yet do something in a WOD. I often need to remind myself to trust the process and be ok with my current level. With the right nutrition, form, practice and amazing support from the awesome coaching staff, I know that I can accomplish anything I set out to do!

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?
My favorite aspect of CrossFit Oshkosh and Ardent Fitness is that they truly care about educating their athletes on what I believe matters most; proper form and technique, nutrition and self-care. I am very passionate about wellness and have never found a gym filled with so many athletes and coaches that care about you, your health and well-being. Not to mention an entire group of women who love their dogs as much as I do! My favorite aspect of CrossFit is that it feeds my drive for competition and targets every component of physical fitness. I am turning 30 this year and after only 6 months at this gym, I am in better physical shape now than when I ran track in college or was bodybuilding and training for fitness competitions. CrossFit prepares you for “not only the known, but also for the unknown”, proves that you can push yourself further than you ever thought you could, surrounds you with an amazing group of like-minded athletes and friends, and provides you with a ton of fun and great memories along the way.

What are your current goals in CrossFit?
Speaking more generically and cliché, my main goal is to be better than I was yesterday. Every day, I want to be stronger, faster and healthier than the day before and continue to grow, strengthen and empower those around me to do the same. Iron sharpens iron and the CrossFit environment and culture is a living example. More specifically, my current goal is to learn to kip, complete unbroken toes to bar and get a muscle-up before I turn 30 on August 2nd!

What is something we don’t know about you?
My husband and I bought an orchard without even knowing it, I have two insane blue Weimaraner’s, I grew up on a farm and have unknowingly been dominating Strongman activities since I was 5, and there is a pretty neat story about why my name is Destiny.