Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Occupation: Kitchen and Bath designer
When did you first start CrossFitting?:
What is your favorite movement? Favorite workout?
I love snatching. A goal of mine this year is to snatch my body weight
What is your least favorite movement? Least favorite workout?
I think that would have to be thrusters because no muscle can be lazy.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
In high school I did swimming and softball so I was pretty athletic. I did take a weightlifting class in high school but stopped squatting because my quads got big (I kick myself now). Continued to play softball and still play today about 3-4 times a week. Did a couple of triathlons and some 5ks but HATED running.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Do you remember your first WOD? How did it go?
I first got exposed to CrossFit I think by word of mouth. Was not happy with the same old gym and decided to give it a try and like most CrossFitters I was hooked.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after)
I have a new outlook on what is healthy and fit. I am not afraid if getting “bulky” or muscular. I am not the skinniest I have ever been but I am the strongest and healthiest I have ever been. I eat more now than I ever have because I know I have to fuel the body and I know if I eat junk I am not going to PR the next day. Fitness has been more about setting goals on all my lifts, reaching them and then creating new goals. CrossFit is still a challenge, I still get sore, and I love it!
What impact has CrossFit had on your life?
I have even seen a difference in my personal life, I sit up straight, walk taller, and have more confidence then I ever have. I even set more goals professionally and reach them. When I tell people I lift heavy weights, I love the look in their eyes, it just makes me feel good.
What is your favorite CrossFit/CFD moment?
I don’t think I have a favorite moment, I think everyday is great because whether I go to an afternoon or morning class I am always excited to see people I see everyday or just once in a while. Then we all suffer through a workout together.
What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting CrossFit?
We all started CrossFit at one point and felt like an idiot doing some of the movements. We have all fallen down, missed a box jump, hit our nose on the bar, whipped our legs with a jump rope and thought I am never going to get through this workout! You will get through it, you will love it and you will be back for more!
What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I have a craft room that is a mess. I love redecorating the house, making crafts and food I find on Pinterest. Right now I am loving designing a house for Brad (my fiance), myself, and our two dogs Trigger and Codi. We also love taking the dogs on long walks where I can let them off the leash and they can run around and play. I am also trying to teach the dogs new tricks.