Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. (Where did you grow up, where do you work,family, etc.)
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. I grew up with 2 brothers & 1 sister in a single mother household. I was always an active kid- I played soccer as soon as I could walk basically, then experimented with volleyball for a few years, until I landed on cheerleading. I was an all-star cheerleader for almost 10 years & was on the high school varsity team for 2 of those years. In 2015, my mom moved us out to California, right before my junior year of high school, & that’s when I decided to hang up my cheer shoes for good & dedicate my life to CrossFit & weightlifting. I recently graduated in June of 2017, am currently attend Miracosta full time studying nutrition, business, & exercise science, & have 2 part time jobs (one including Reebok if anyone wants some rad hookups). Although I’m a mountain girl by heart, I feel I truly belong in California.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the gym?
Outside of the gym, I like to meal prep, buy workout clothes, drink coffee, snowboard, get tattoos that my mom hates, hangout with my dogs & Mason, and think about all the cool stuff I’m going to do the next day at the gym.
What did you first expect when you joined CrossFit?
When I first joined CrossFit, I was predisposed to the idea that if women lifted weights they would look bulky like men, but now I would do just about anything to have biceps like a man. I thought I would use it as conditioning for off-season cheer. I never expected it to completely change and take over my life.
What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing?
I’m mostly proud of the mental stability, growth, & overall confidence I’ve made in and out of the gym. When I first started, I suffered from really bad depressive episodes and anxiety that would completely take over my daily function. If anyone remembers my first few months at Carlsbad, I would cry almost every workout. But in these last 2 years I have developed a lot more confidence, self-esteem, and mental grounding, just from lifting weights (& making all the boys cry).
What has been the hardest part of joining CrossFit? Most rewarding?
Trying to juggle school, 2 jobs, my nutrition, and still managing to make it in the gym 2 times a day has always been a struggle, but the hardest part of CrossFit has been overcoming my size. I’ve always been small, and believe it or not, I used to be smaller than I am now. I used to get upset because I didn’t have big arms or big legs and, because I weighed 100 pounds I couldn’t lift as heavy as other girls, or because I was short I sucked at wall balls. Recently, I’ve realized the most rewarding part of CrossFit is learning to embrace my size and enjoy the fact that I can move the weight I can at the size that I am. I love the mental state I’m in and the amount of happiness this sport has brought me.
What are some of your goals, personal and fitness, for the future?
I just want to go to the games, make all the boys cry, and live with a ton of dogs.
What is your favorite workout?
Grace is for sure my favorite workout.
How has CrossFit benefited your life beyond fitness and the gym?
CrossFit has given me crazy amounts of confidence. I used to hangout with teachers at school or eat lunch in the classroom because I was scared of socializing and never had tons of friends. Now I have the confidence to give speeches in front of large crowds and compete at high levels. Being this small in a world this big is intimidating and scary, but CrossFit has given me the confidence to stand up for myself and the strength to overcome anything.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in the gym since you’ve joined?
I’ve had plenty of embarrassing moments at the gym, but I think the funniest thing to happen to me is Janet’s obsession with my abs.
What made you decide you wanted/needed to start CrossFit?
My mom actually dragged me into my first CrossFit class by my ponytail when I was 15 years old because I was not having it. Midway through my first workout, I realized that this was actually one of the most badass things I’ve ever done & I instantly fell in love.
What results have you achieved since joining our gym?
There are way too many results I’ve achieved since joining CrossFit. I’m able to lift nearly double my body weight in some lifts and am able to keep up with some of the best athletes in the gym during WODs; however, the most impressive result since joining has been overcoming my small eating disorder and gaining enough weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lift heavy crap.
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our program?
Just do it. You never know the impact it’ll have on your life. It just might have saved mine.