CrossFit Level 1
USA Diving Coach
I was an athlete since I was 6 years old (gymnast 6-12) until my early 20's (diver 12-23). I would train 4 to 6 days a week 3-4 hrs./day. I was a fearless kid. I loved roller coasters and jumping off high cliffs into the water. I would be the first one to try anything that someone else said, "No way! That's way too scary and dangerous." I started coaching diving a few years after I stopped competing and have been coaching the same team for over 15 years. I was able to travel and train in China. I met some amazing people along the way and coached many athletes of all ages. I had the privilege of coaching college athletes for 9 yrs, Div 2, 3 and NAIA, and have had a few National Champions.
As I got older it was time for me to hang up the suit. My body was done. I got married, had 2 wonderful boys and life was great. After I had my first son it got hard mentally and physically. I had to have an emergency c-section with my first (and also for my 2nd) and it took me a long time to recover. I could barely walk down the street before I would get winded and I would need my husband to help me back into the house. It hurt me to see myself so vulnerable and weak. I had gained weight like crazy cause I could not do much till I was able to gain my strength and stamina. I started to hate myself and how I felt and looked. I tried every diet, every exercise and different gyms. I was able to lose some weight but I was still not where I wanted to be. I could not find that thing that made me want to continue. My weight loss had stopped. Then in 2011 a friend of mine had called me and was wondering if I would help him get his gym up and going. I said, "Sure what do you need me to do?" He wanted me to be a client and help bring in people to his CrossFit gym. I never heard of CrossFit. I had tried everything else and was willing to try anything. After the first week that was it. That was what I was missing. I was missing being an athlete. I needed to be that athlete again. Someone telling me what to do, pushing me harder, faster and cheering me on as I accomplish goals. Now nearly 10 years later I'm still doing CrossFit and I have not been this happy, strong and confident since I hung up my suit.
I love coaching former athletes or anyone who is highly motivated to be stronger and faster. I put my whole heart and soul into training and will be your biggest supporter and cheerleader; inside and outside the box.