Occupation: Army Nurse, specializing in emergency medicine and sexual assault medical and forensic care.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Which class do you usually attend? Any class that my crazy work schedule allows, but usually 4:30.
How long have you been crossfitting? 9 months
What is your favorite and least favorite lift? My favorite is the deadlift and least favorite is everything that goes over my head:) I particularly struggle with overhead squats.
What is your athletic background? I ran track and played field hockey and basketball in high school. Since then, I have always enjoyed group fitness since it motivates me to show up and push myself beyond my comfort zone. When I played on the High Tide softball team in the fall, I was really great at bringing snacks.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit came into my life at a time I really needed it! The Army had just moved me here against my wishes and I had to start over yet again. I knew nobody and there were no other group classes around. I am so much happier, stronger, and have more energy since I started. High Tide is a huge blessing in my life and I am so grateful for the support, inspiration, and friendship it has brought to me!
What is your biggest accomplishment so far at CFHT? Everything! Every PR, every skill, and every friend I’ve made have been accomplishments to me. Double unders, toes-to-bar, handstand push-ups, and pull-ups are some things that had me frustrated at first, but there is such a rush that comes with accomplishing challenges.
What are your goals for CF? Kipping pull-ups! They have me very frustrated at the moment. Other than that, I hope to improve my form and strength with lifts. I would like to get to the point where I can participate in an Rx competition.
What do you do in your free time? I do outdoorsy things, travel, cook, watch tv, read, spend time with family and friends, and of course crossfit:)
What is your favorite cheat food? Pizza and cinnamon rolls
Tell us something most people wouldn’t know about you.I can Irish dance. I probably won’t show you:)
Any advice for new members? The advice I have consists of things I am constantly reminding myself of: Baby steps. No crossfitter just rolled out of bed one day and was suddenly amazing. Be patient and persistent and you will reach and exceed your goals. Try not to compare yourself with others-you are your biggest competitor. Advice I have found valuable from Julie is that not every lift will be perfect, so don’t let being a perfectionist hold you back from increasing that weight! Matt says that single unders won’t get you doubles and HSPUs with two abmats won’t get you one or none. Break out of your comfort zone, even if it means scaling reps. Lastly, what you say to yourself manifests in how you perform. Always believe in yourself!