Brief personal history and journey which led you to Ardent Fitness and Education:
I’m an OB/GYN who just moved to Oshkosh in August 2018 to start my first grown up job. I spent the 12 years prior to that in school/medical training in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio and Buffalo, NY. In the 4 years prior to moving to Oshkosh, I was living in Buffalo completing my residency, working 80-100 hours per week. My life was busy, when I wasn’t working, I was studying and when I wasn’t studying I was sleeping. My fitness journey for the last 8 years was random work out videos when I had the chance, sometimes I’d make it to the JCC for a class of sorts. When I was visiting my family in Oregon, I would hike. But nothing consistent or regular.
What brought you to Ardent Fitness and Education: Home of CrossFit Oshkosh?
My life is still chaotic and busy. Early (and I mean EARLY) mornings are the only reliable time that I can work out. After getting settled with my job (still working on that) and my puppy (we’re now teenage years/attitude) I was trying to bring physical activity back into my life. My life goals after graduation from residency were “puppy and personal trainer”. Instead I bought a large, old house and got a puppy and a very busy practice. I was doing the at home stuff but failing. I decided I needed a personal trainer…but I needed to work out at 4 am in order to ensure that I was ready for whatever work threw at me (surgeries, delivering babies, patients in clinic, etc) and who is crazy enough to train people at 4 am?! CrossFitters. So I emailed. And here we are.
What was your first impression of Ardent?
If I’m being honest, I was skeptical of CrossFit before starting. I’ve managed injuries from people who have done it poorly, at gyms that arent in tune to proper lift technique and would rather get a PR, regardless of how it looked. But I also know of CrossFit gyms that arent that; that are supportive and motivating, but not to the point of injury. That encourage health and wellness without making people drink the koolaid. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ardent is the latter. Austin (and the other coaches I have worked with) are kind, motivating and seem to truly care. They care more about overall health and wellness, celebrate the successes and gains and want you to keep achieving them (injury free).
What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?
Diet. It’s surprising how much easier it is for me to get up at 320 to work out after having slept 4 hours versus eating within the macros. Protein is hard for me. I love vegetables and carbs. French Fries are life. We’re working on it.
What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?
I like the diversity of the work outs. I get bored easily. And turns out, I like lifting really heavy shit.
What are your current goals in CrossFit?
Ha. To be active. Austin hates that answer.
What is something we don’t know about you?
You probably don’t know me at all. This post is likely a “does she even go here” moment. (I’m the crazy one at 4 am) (you’re welcome 5 am for preheating the gym). Random facts: My drink is a Whiskey neat. Winter is my favorite season. Reading is my favorite, I have a magnificent library in my house.
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