I’m a tall lady, and I have pretty much been this tall since I was 14 years old. When I was a kid, I never considered myself an athlete. Kickball was the bane of my existence; in soccer, I was more interested in looking at the dandelions; and, in basketball, my only skill was being taller than the other 4th graders. Through college and grad school, a PhD in neuroscience, I steadily gained weight. Eventually, going upstairs became taxing.
Then, my roommate started CrossFitting. She’d come home and lie on the couch like a T-Rex, unable to straighten or lift her arms. I vividly remember telling her she was crazy for suffering needlessly.
However, I was intrigued, and when my local box released a crazy good Groupon deal for 10 classes, I bought it. The head coach slyly convinced me to sign up for a 9-class foundation course and THEN use my Groupon. In those classes, I started to develop powerful relationships with other members and I became captivated by the process. The scientist and teacher in me loved CrossFit’s measurable, observable, repeatable methodology.
These days, I love using my pedagogical training to help others learn that they are more physically and mentally capable than they know. As a coach, my goal is to support each athlete to achieve their goals and to be stronger, faster, and more proficient through practice and perseverance. To me, it doesn’t matter if you are lifting 10 lbs or 100, as long as you show up ready to challenge yourself relative to your physical and mental health on that particular day. In my six years of CrossFitting, I have achieved things I never dreamed of doing, have come back stronger from injuries, and still, strive for more (I’m looking at you pull-ups). I appreciate this sport for its intellectual and physical challenge and I appreciate Clipper City for its unique combination of CrossFit and community.