Postpartum back squat: 185#, DUBS PR: 121
Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of New England, CrossFit Level 1 Certification
I have always been athletic and involved in sports growing up. I played soccer, and basketball, and ran track in high school, and played rugby in college. After finishing graduate school and moving to a new city, I wanted to get involved in some sort of sport and make new friends along the way. I started going to CrossFit classes in 2017 and was obsessed. I felt like I finally had my competitive spirit back. I obtained my level 1 certification in 2018 and have been coaching ever since. In 2019-2020 I competed in 4 scaled amateur competitions and received podium placement at each comp. In 2021, I had a beautiful baby girl and my CrossFit journey took a very different turn. I was no longer focused on competing, and have since been focused on postpartum recovery and re-learning how to move my body safely around a barbell. Over the last 1-2 years I have really scaled my movements in all wods and I honestly think it has helped me to become a better coach. It has taught me that how to be more effective at coaching across all skill levels. I how to get back to competing one day but I love where my journey has taken me today.
After having my daughter, I really struggled (and still sometimes do) with getting back in the gym. I found it hard to be consistent with working out and eating healthy when I felt like I had no time to do anything except learn how to be a mom. I felt ALL the mom guilt pushing down on me that I should be home, and I really wanted to be home. However, my physical and mental health was suffering. I found it super helpful to talk to other women in the gym that have been through the same thing. These women helped me realize that I have to take care of myself first so that I can be the best version of myself. I also struggled with “not being able to do what I used to do” in the gym. Consistency with diet and exercise (including some serious scaling in the wods) helped me get past that frustration. I still need reminders every now and then, but that is ok!
My purpose in coaching CrossFit is to prove that EVERYONE is capable of doing it! Everyone is able to participate and progress in their abilities. I think a lot of people are afraid that they may get injured because all the “sexy CrossFit moves” are intimidating. I continue to coach to show people of all ages and skill levels that they can benefit from CrossFit.