Occupation: Retail Manager
When did you start CrossFitting? I started working with similar CrossFit style training around October of 2012.
When did you first start training at Big Horn CrossFit? November 2015
Favorite WOD (workout): Anything with lifting
Least favorite WOD (workout): Anything with running (or Fran)
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I played basketball and volleyball when I was younger, but not for very long. I really wasn’t into sports or fitness until it was introduced to me more in 2011
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Back in 2011, my boyfriend at the time was a coach at a CrossFit gym and had been doing CrossFit for a while. I would go into the gym here and there, but never worked out regularly (and wasn’t too fond of it). When we moved to Jackson Hole in 2012, he started coaching group classes and eventually opened his own strength and conditioning gym where I learned more about fitness and weightlifting. That’s when I regularly started working out and it became a part of my lifestyle.
Take us back to your first WOD (workout): One of my first workouts was Cindy, and I cried.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body? I have always been pretty lean since I am so tall, but now I have more definition and much more muscle. Even in the past couple months I have been able to tell that I am getting bigger (in a good way). I’m relatively the same weight that I have always been, I’ve just replaced the body fat with muscle.
What sort of changes have you seen in your life? I look forward to going to the gym. If I workout in the morning I’m fully ready to take on the rest of the day. The more I workout in the gym, the better I do in activities outside the gym, like hiking.
Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: Hitting PRs is something that can get you excited about and it builds up your confidence, but they are also indicators that your hard work is paying off and you are getting stronger. I stayed at the same weight for my clean for the longest time and I couldn’t get past that wall. I started to come to more and more Olympic Weightlifting classes and eventually surpassed that. It was such a good feeling and I knew that I would only keep going up from there the more and more practice I got. Those are some of the best moments, when you push through that barrier and conquer your goals.
Advice for people getting started? Don’t be afraid to try it. CrossFit is not for everyone, we get that. It can be intimidating at first and you’ll see workouts that you think you can’t do. Which is absolutely wrong. The thing aboutCrossFit is that everything, every movement, every lift can be scaled to your ability level. Everyone at the gym is at some different skill level. You will find that there are movements you hate doing, but there will also be movements that you excel at and learn to love. Every day is different and every day you get better. The best moments are those where you achieve something you never thought you could. Those moments you surprise yourself. It builds so much confidence and will make you want to keep going for more. You will see changes in your body, become tougher mentally, meet an amazing community of athletes and ultimately change your life. Just try it.
Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? Hiking, getting outside in any way, exploring new places, hanging with my dog, Gunner