I was a tom boy growing up and my Dad still calls me, “the son he never had”. I did local track competitions at a young age and was always into sports in school; volleyball and track. During track season I got into weightlifting. Pretty much the stuff you would see on gym fails, since I really had no idea what real Cleans or Squats were. After school ended I stopped fitness for years until I picked up running. For anyone that knows me, no, I am not lying when I say that. My exercise was running 10+ miles a day and doing home DVD workouts. I eventually was talked into trying CrossFit and immediately loved it. I started where everyone did, couldn’t do a pull up and lifted just the bar. I had found something that held me accountable and made me feel like I was actually bettering myself. It’s now been 5+ years since I joined and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Open 15.4
8 Minute AMRAP with ascending Handstand Pushups and Cleans (185/125)
Least Favorite Workout:
Anything with Rowing!!
Biggest Fitness Hurdle:
My biggest hurdle is finding a balance between Weightlifting and CrossFit movements that keeps me happy. For the last 2+ years I have attempted to be consistent with both and have switched back and forth many times. It’s hard for me to focus on just one without finding myself lacking in the other.
Things people may not know:
I’ve worked at U.S. Bank for over 10 years now. What started as a data entry job all those years ago has actually turned into a career that I enjoy. I just recently accepted a new position within the Bank that involves traveling around Northern Wisconsin.
Dig a Bit Deeper:
I always had a low self-esteem and body image issues, until I found CrossFit. I had an eating disorder for many years and would starve myself to be as skinny as possible. I look back on those days and feel bad for the woman I was. Thinking I needed to look a certain way and that skin and bones was beautiful. As cheesy as it sounds, strong is my new beautiful. CrossFit hasn’t only helped me look better, but it helped me mentally overcome a lot of negative body images I had for myself. Now I hate running and love lifting heavy weights. What’s better than that!?