I was never an athlete. In high school while my sister played softball, I spent my spare time practicing scales on the piano in anticipation of majoring in Music Education. I wasn’t sedentary per se, I was always on the go, but exercise was something that only happened because my gym teacher made me play flag football. In my early twenties however, with my mother’s health failing, I took up exercising as a way to keep busy and relieve stress. Sadly, I ultimately found myself knee deep in an eating disorder, and although I was smaller than I had ever been in my adult life, I was miserable.
I fell in love with CrossFit while attending a local San Diego competition to cheer on a friend. Specifically, I fell in love with CrossFit858 while watching one WOD in particular. I knew that I HAD to become a member of their box. Watching them cheer each other on was like nothing I had ever seen before! After the competition, I emailed the owner, Mark, and I came in for a free class later that week.“Let’s set up your free week,” Mark said, after my first workout. “Nope,” I replied, “let’s sign the paperwork now.” That was five and a half years ago and I have never looked back.
Not only did CrossFit challenge my strength, but it also challenged me in other ways. It forced me to really reevaluate my relationship with food. It forced me to change how I viewed my body in comparison with what popular society tells us is beautiful. I would be lying to you if I said I was the same person today that I was when I took that first class in November of 2011.
One of the most wonderful aspects of CrossFit is the community. Field trips, pot lucks, Friday night happy hours…these are my favorite places to be, with my favorite people. I am deeply humbled at the opportunity now to coach here at CrossFit Simi Valley. It is a wonderful opportunity to truly give back to a community that has always supported me with all of its heart and soul. I look forward to watching the athletes of our box get stronger and stronger and it would be my pleasure to have a small hand in that success.
CrossFit Level 2 Coach
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified
Certified Rock Tape Doc Level 1 FMT
AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant
Education and Background:
BA Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
MS in Legal Science and Healthcare Delivery, Kaplan University
California State Registered Dental Assistant
SoCal Regionals Rogue Equipment Crew 2012-2013
California Regionals Volunteer Control Lead: 2014 – Present
Precision CrossFit/Primal Family Ventures Event Coordinator 2016 – Present