Occupation: 1:1 aide at a therapeutic behavioral school.
When did you first start CrossFitting? I was first exposed to Crossfit in ’13. I first started at a small store front in Buffalo Grove. After they closed I found Caliber.
When did you first start training at CFC? In September of ’13 briefly. I left for a bit and came back full force in April of 2015. It’s been a life changer ever since!
Anything involving thrusters or wall balls. Or carrying heavy things a few hundred meters.
Least Favorite WOD: I don’t have one but I have a movement or two I dislike. Wall walks. Those are pretty awful! I’m also not a fan of distance running. A mile-ish is just fine for me.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
Picture it. That slow kid on your t-ball team playing in the sand, getting yelled at to run. I was that kid. I never amounted to much in sports or fitness. Not till my 20s. And I competed for the first time ever thanks to Crossfit! Now at 29 I’m the most active I’ve been.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
I had to loose that chub after baby and get strong for my little man. I’m his only parent after all. I had no clue what to do. Next door to a small cafe I worked at was a tiny CF gym. I saw the owner throwing around weights. I was interested. My first WOD involved sled pulling and running. I thought the dude was off his rocker, I threw up. But I was forever hooked!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF? (before / after)
I’m a gym person now. Like I legit love to workout! Never use to be like this. My big body has formed into something awesome. I very much have gained some major self love thanks to lifting! I’ve healed from past traumas and have all around become a much stronger person. Physically and mentally..
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I came back to CFC a fairly broken person. I had gained weight and was all around depressed from the past few months of life. This fire lit up when I stared lifting. I realized I am so much more then an empty shell. I am a woman, a strong one. I gained confidence I wanted so bad. I got comfortable with my big frame and realized I am beautiful, not some large freak. I’m in a much better mental state from taking on fitness and good eating(most of the time).
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFC moments.
Saturday mornings are hands down my favorite. I look forward to seeing everyone I don’t get to see much because of different workout schedules during the week. CFC Ladies night, just such a spectacular time!
Any advice for people just getting started?
Go in with an open mind and don’t fear. Crossfit will give back everything you put in. Give it your all and you won’t be disappointed!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? If cooking and eating count are hobbies.. That! I can spend hours in the kitchen and love checking out new places. I’m also a huge lover of the craft brews. I adore spending time with my mom and son. We are always figuring out something fun to do. Traveling also of course!