Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I come from a military family so I've lived in many different places but have always considered Grand Forks, ND as home since that's where most of my family lives.
I was a competitive gymnast for about 8 years. I graduated from Harker Heights High School in 2007, which is where I now teach math and have been for the past 5 years!
In my spare time (aside from work and the gym) I enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs, I like puzzles, playing video games (WoW mostly:)), and thinking about training/working out. Lol
How did you get interested in Crossfit?
In 2012 I remember watching the crossfit games on TV. I had already been weight training; bodybuilding stuff, Squats, dead lifts, and bench. So when I saw what Crossfit was and how it combined lifting and gymnastic elements I thought it looked like so much fun! I went to a foundations class later that year in Dec and got hooked.
When your motivation is down, how do you find the drive to get up and come in?
The people/community at the gym. I know that if I just show up I'll get motivated by something or someone. Seeing other people push themselves, hearing words of encouragement, someone making me laugh or smile, knowing I won't be there alone are all things that motivate me.
What is your least favorite movement?
I used to hate burpees and wallballs. Lately, I don't have a least favorite movement. I know that everything I do at the gym will make me better :)
What is the next goal you hope to reach with Crossfit Cataclysm?
I want to qualify to compete on a bigger stage (Granite Games, Wodapalooza, Fittest Experience, Regionals etc) either as an individual or on a team.
What would you say to someone that has never tried CrossFit and looking to get started? Any tips or Advice?
Just go for it! My best advice for a beginner is to trust your coach and don't let what you can't do (YET!) get to you. Focus on what you can do and keep a positive attitude!