Hometowns: Mesquite, TX & Hanover Park, IL
Age: 32 (33 in October)
Occupation: I am a Residential Counselor. I work with adults with mental illness.
When did you first start CrossFitting?
When did you first start training at CFC?
I like most workouts with Olympic Lifts.
Least Favorite WOD:
It depends on the day. If I am feeling off, any workout can turn into Hell.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background.
I started to get back into shape in my mid to late twenties. I was falling into some very bad eating habits and not really working out at all. My Mom and I used to see personal trainers. It was a good way to whip ourselves into shape. It became too expensive but I tried to stay on track by running, and strength training on my own. When I found CrossFit, I was looking for a better way to train for obstacle course races. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life and improving every WOD. I have off days but am able to learn from them and move on.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
My first workout involved lifting. I think I wanted to add weight. I liked that it was challenging. I needed something to push me to new athletic heights. I knew I was on the right track.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
I am stronger and just feel better in general. I have seen improvement in my running since starting CrossFit. Running is still a challenge for me some days but I definitely see an improvement overall. I love that I am getting stronger. It feels so good! It is a confidence booster! CrossFit has also helped to reduce my stress levels at work.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t let a bad WOD stop you or slow you down! Sometimes you just feel off and that’s okay. You will rock it out next time. Those bad workouts are still workouts. Learn from your mistakes and move on! It is going to be difficult sometimes but the hard work pays off! Stick with it! You will be surprised at what you can accomplish! Also, don’t push yourself too hard. There is no shame in taking a break every once in a while. Your body will thank you!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Traveling, Reading, Running/Obstacle Course Races, Playing Guitar, Music, Science, Helping Others, and Spending Time with Family