I used to always listen to the negative about Crossfit, until one day I tried it out with an open mind, and it has completely changed my life. I enjoy the positive energy everyone brings, and the community that has inspired me to be a better person and athlete. After falling in love with Crossfit, it was a natural step for me to acquire my CF-L1 and begin training others to better themselves as well. I have always loved sports and athletics, but after my third knee surgery, I had to give up soccer. With that hole in my fitness lifestyle, I needed something new to keep me active and to stimulate my competitive nature. Crossfit filled that hole and has allowed me to keep my body healthy and strong to do the things I love doing outside of the gym, like hiking and hunting.
I lost my father about 4 years ago. It was sudden and completely life-altering. In just a moment, everything changed, and yet life kept moving forward. I understood fundamentally that he was gone, but my heart and mind just couldn't comprehend. My dad was the person who reminded me of my true self when others' narratives made me the villain or that self-deprecating voice inside my head got too loud. But with him no longer there, I grew up in ways that I didn't know I still had to. I didn't have him there anymore to be my anchor and my mentor. I had to learn to trust myself in the choices I make without his sounding board. I had to learn to set boundaries with others on my own and to let people think what they want of me. I had to start looking to myself for all the things I went running to daddy for, and because of that, I have become more aware of who I am and what I am capable of.
I love coaching because you get to be a part of everyone's little daily victories. Whether that victory is simply getting your butt to the gym, or a solid PR, it truly is awesome being a part of that person's happiness, helping individuals improve themselves in little increments every day. They sometimes don't see those improvements but focus on the ways they are failing, so I like reminding them of what development I see from my perspective.