Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.). *
I am a USMC wife; mother of three kids currently living in Okinawa Japan. I am a level two Crossfit Coach. I enjoy exploring this beautiful island, cafes and beaches. With everyone’s hectic schedules I try to plan as much family time as possible.
Which affiliate box are you training at? Which class time do you usually attend? *
When did you start doing CrossFit? *
How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? *
What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit? *
I was a basic cardio junkie! Running and more running with an occasional stair stepper workout. A friend of mine wanted company for a free trial class at a local box so I decided to join her, I never once looked back!
How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting? *
My mental approach is so much different now! I use to feel defeated easily. I wanted to lift as much weight as the girl next to me. I wanted to finish the WOD first no matter my form etc. I wanted results ASAP. I was getting down on myself and not realizing some of these girls had been doing Crossfit so much longer then I had. No one started out great at a Crossfit. It took practice and patience and mental toughness to get better. I now focus on myself and listen to my body. I work on my weaknesses as often as possible. Whereas before I probably would have just quit. Now I fight for every rep.
Favorite WOD or movement *
Gymnastics! Just because I have a lot of work to do in this area and my upper body strength isn’t where I would like it to be. But that’s where the mental toughness comes to play. You have to work at what you suck at everyday!
Least favorite WOD or movement *
I love the Snatch lift and any Metcon style WOD
What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit? *
I use to believe that I had to be skinny. I remember when weight first became an issue and unfortunately it was at such a young age. Once that seed is planted in your head it’s not easily removed. I had beautiful women role models that I would listen to talk about how “fat” they were or what body part needed fixed and I remember thinking to myself “if they think they are ugly or they are fat then I wonder what they think about me”....Crossfit changed all that for me. I have put on muscle and have lifted more weight then I ever thought possible. I can do things I never knew my body was capable of doing and that’s what makes me proud. Not the number on the scale or someone else’s opinion.
What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?
Oh man, the Crossfit community. So many strong and strong willed women out there keep me motivated and they are all so eager to help each other and cheer each other on; it’s just amazing. Also some good rock music to push me threw the WOD!
What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time? *
Don’t be embarrassed! I know a lot of people are so worried about what others will think of them if they can’t do a push up or if they can’t do a clean. Everyone is so focused on what they want to achieve no one is judging you for what you can’t at that given time. It’s the truest saying “the loudest cheers are for those who finish last”. Give it your best effort and it will only get better. No matter your body type or physical condition...the beautiful thing about Crossfit is anyBODY can do it!
What's your PR /pump up song?
“Watch Me” Neffex
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