"What I love about CrossFit is that it empowers athletes, especially women because they learn to do things they never imagined themselves being able to do. Doing CrossFit builds self confidence and self esteem and helps people realize that being strong is awesome, which translates into being happier and more self sufficient in every day life."
• BA, Biology (chemistry & psychology minors) from Alverno College
• CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
• CrossFit Gymnastics
• CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
• CrossFit Movement and Mobility
• Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition (Attendee)
• Whole9 Trainer’s Course
• HKC – Hardstyle Kettebell Certified
• CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Our performance, health, and longevity are directly related to our food and lifestyle choices. As a CrossFit trainer and lifestyle/health coach, I strive for two things:
First, I strive to improve athlete’s daily movement patterns in the gym as well as at home because moving well and performing movements efficiently is the key to superior performance in life. In our first free intro class, I teach people how to squat & bend the right way using the hip hinge and the value of this alone goes a long way preventing back injuries in life. I strive to teach people to be cognizant of good posture and movement patterns outside the gym because bad repetitive movement doing mundane tasks leads to injury over time.
Second, I strive to educate people on food politics and the risks of the Standard American Diet (SAD). The SAD puts people at risk for the many inflammatory conditions that plague our country today and contrary to popular belief, the government food plate does not have your health in mind. “People are fed by the food industry which pays no attention to health, and are treated by a health industry that pays no attention to food” (Wendell Berry). Each of us needs to be our own health advocate! I take a personal interest in helping and educating those with digestive issues and autoimmune issues to understand that with food as medicine, you can reverse your autoimmune disease and go into remission as I have. You may be able to, under the care of a doctor, reduce or eliminate medications if you get to your own personal root cause! Powerful.
Both of the points above are close to my heart because a back injury in 2009 coupled with medical issues from inadequately treated autoimmune thyroid disease lead me to be my own health advocate and teach myself how to heal and move better to prevent injury. My muscular issues never fit the normal patterns, and after that initial back injury the issues where never due to injury, but rather inflammation. Normal conventional practices such as physical therapy just didn’t help me. In the process, I have learned so much about our failing health (sick) care system and this has helped me to connect all of the dots and be a better trainer to others because I had to figure out much of it myself in order to heal. I am still learning and the more I learn, the more I realize there is so much more to learn.
What I love about CrossFit is that it empowers athletes, especially women, because they learn to do things they never imagined themselves being able to do. Doing CrossFit builds self confidence and self esteem and helps people realize that being strong is awesome, which translates into being happier and more self sufficient in every day life. Our endurance athletes come to understand that doing CrossFit helps them become better at their endurance sport and more importantly, helps build strong bones. Our community is strong and we hold each other accountable. We work together and stick together, forging lifelong friendships.