- Crossfit Level I Certificate
- Olympic Lifting Certificate
In early 2009, I was not healthy, strong or in shape and for the most part I was “skinny fat”. I was working out in a globo-style gym and I wanted to be in better shape, but had never really played sports, was not athletic and was not particularly committed. Also at that time, an event occurred that completely altered the course of my life and the lives of my closest loved ones. I decided then that I was going to do whatever I needed to do to provide as much strength and support to my family as I possibly could. At the urging of my husband’s cousin (Mike Poppa - currently a RFS Crossfit Coach), I decided to check out CrossFit at the nearby box. I wasn’t expecting much but it was something different to try; maybe I’d get in better shape, or maybe it would be a good distraction from all of the “stuff” I was trying to figure out.
It turned out to be exactly what I needed in so many ways and (sorry if it sounds dramatic) but it changed my life!! I definitely got in shape and eventually achieved a goal of doing the “prescribed” workouts on a daily basis. But the most unexpected and beneficial aspect for me personally was that it would provide the mental training that I was looking for to stop asking questions and start making statements, like “I can do this and I will do this”. This mindset and the mental workout component of every “WOD” has permeated to all areas of my life.
I could go on and on about all of the reasons why I love CrossFit. But what I’m most excited about now is not only being a part of the Crossfit community (I am Level 1 Certified and also have my Olympic Lifting Certification) and culture that I so strongly believe in, but sharing it with others and watching them reach their goals. There are few things more rewarding than to see a person mentally and physically changing for the better on a daily basis, fight through self-doubt to achieve a goal and reach a point where they truly feel good about themselves. I hope I get the opportunity to see that happen to YOU!!