Coaching since August 2014.
With Ballston CrossFit since January 2019.
I was introduced to CrossFit in January 2011. My first WOD was the benchmark Grace, and it seemed like the longest 6 minutes and 42 seconds of my life. Scaled to 75 pounds, I collapsed to the floor in exhaustion long after most had finished. But I was shocked by the congratulatory cheers and fist bumps I received even as one of the last to finish. I was hooked.
CrossFit was attractive to me because of the way it defined fitness through 10 important domains. It wasn’t about being a specialist, but rather being proficient across strength, power, speed, endurance, balance, flexibility, and more. That resonated with me and translated well to my passions of mountain biking, snowboarding, and trail running.
After a few years, I decided to take a more active role in shaping the CrossFit experience. I took my Level 1, interned at the gym where I worked out, and after a few months began coaching in the evenings after heading out from my 9-5. I coached in Northern Virginia for almost five years, until a bit of a hiatus for family and work obligations. I’m excited to join Ballston CrossFit and get back to coaching. I really enjoy sharing my passion and helping members, both those new to CrossFit and veterans of the sport, improve and recognize their accomplishments.
I still mountain bike, run, and snowboard too, but now CrossFit mostly helps me toss my 5 and 3 year olds up in the air like wall balls, swing them like a Russian kettlebell, and carry them upstairs to bed as if it were dumbbell box step-ups. Truly functional fitness.
I hold the following qualifications:
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CF-L1
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CF-L2
- CrossFit Anatomy Certificate
- CrossFit Scaling Certificate
- CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
- CrossFit Masters Course
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach (led by Olympian Cara Heads)
- Participated in CH Fitness and Performance 6-Week Olympic Weightlifting Technique Class
- Power Monkey Fitness Gymnastics Seminar- Coached by Olympian Dave Durante