I was active throughout my childhood, ran track and field in high school and considered my self a gym rat throughout college. After a major turning point in my life and gaining some weight as a result, I was at the heaviest I had ever been. On my 5’3 frame it was difficult to feel comfortable in my clothing anymore and my self esteem was suffering as a result. My best friend invited me to come try this new thing he was doing and I went to a class at Crossfit Simi with him.
My first workout consisted of rope climbs and I thought to myself, “when is the last time I did something this fun at my regular gym?” I signed up that day and began my journey. That was in the fall of 2011 and I can honestly say Crossfit came into my life when I was ready to change things and see big changes within myself. I began to see muscle tone up again, clothes were fitting me the way I wanted and I had new respect for my body. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin again.
Crossfit is about becoming strong mentally and physically, and for the first time I appreciated my strength and didn’t wish “to be skinny”. The funny thing is I currently weigh the exact same as I did when I was “heavy” and the difference is it is mostly muscle now.
I received my BA and teaching credentials from CSUN which has helped me immensely make the transition into coaching. I received my L1 certification to coach Crossfit classes in June of 2013. After extensive observations, shadowing and assisting with classes, I have transitioned into coaching several classes a week. I truly enjoy helping members make gains and reaching milestones and goals. There is no greater feeling than giving someone a high five after watching them accomplish something they previously thought to be impossible. Crossfit Simi has become my second home and family and I honestly love walking into the gym and surrounding myself with such positive people.