Favorite WOD: Murph! Not for the workout itself, but the community aspect of the WOD. It makes me so happy to see the amount of people who show up to cheer each other on and push themselves out of their comfort zone to finish such a difficult WOD.
Growing up, I played every sport under the sun. My parents wanted me to try everything and see which sports I like to play. This instilled a love for competition in me at a very young age. At the end of elementary school- beginning of middle school, I decided gymnastics and soccer were the sports I loved the most and wanted to focus on. I went on to win a few state titles in gymnastics and place second at nationals. Around 8th grade, my soccer coach sent my team to an all-girls Olympic style weightlifting gym to do team strength training. I found myself really enjoying the sport of Olympic weightlifting, so I soon started competing. I did that for about three years, then switched to a CrossFit gym the summer before junior year of high school. It rapidly became my safe place, my escape, a time where I could forget about everything going on in my life and just focus on the WOD in front of me.
November of my freshman year of high school, I experienced my first panic attack. For the next four years, I quietly struggled with mental health. Throughout high school, it was a demon I fought every day but did not express to anyone. It was a lot easier to pretend like everything was okay, and I didn't want to "burden" anyone with my problems. During my senior year, I finally got the courage to speak up and ask for help. With the support of my doctors, therapist, and loved ones, I was able to finally work through my thoughts and struggles. I am so happy to say that I am okay now. I of course still have my hard days, but I know they will not last forever. Looking back on that dark time in my life, I now know that it is okay not to be okay. I am grateful that it's a part of my story because I am living proof that things get better. You are loved, you are wanted, and you are never a burden.
Motivation & Passion
Having incredible coaches who provided such a safe space inspired me to become a coach myself. I want to be able to provide that for other people. I want the athletes I get to coach to know that even if they have a bad day, at least they get to spend one hour not thinking about it and enjoy a workout with a coach that cares about them. I am impassioned to serve people who are willing to work hard and want to make themselves 1% better every day.