Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old and continued it until I went to college. I also was on the track team throughout high school. I started coaching gymnastics while I was in high school and I now also coach high school track. I found CrossFit the summer before going to college and was immediately hooked. I loved how so much of the conditioning and movements I did throughout gymnastics were incorporated into CrossFit and I loved that the workouts were high-intensity like I was used to doing. When I was 19 I was cheering for Bridgewater State University when I started to have intense back pains as well as pain through my leg that was causing me to collapse. This is when I found out that I had spondylolisthesis and that I needed to have back surgery. I then ended up needing a second back surgery when I was 21. I needed help getting up from lying and seated positions and I also needed a walker to help me get around. I went from working out all of the time to not being able to do anything for over 4 years. When the doctors said I could start getting my strength back I tried going to the gym to walk on the treadmill and use free weights. Not only was I still having back pain while doing this, but I was also bored. I missed the environment of having a coach and having a workout that was prescribed for me to do each day. I wanted to give CrossFit another try but my family was worried about me hurting my back but I decided to give CrossFit a try again anyway and this was the best decision I have made. Crossfit helped me to get my functional movements back and I was able to build up my strength again. My back feels stronger now than it ever has. I love that CrossFit can help to improve everyone’s day to day movements and that it is scalable for every athlete. I want to be able to help others improve their day to day lives by increasing their functionality through CrossFit.