In my early twenties I had a complete lifestyle change. I decided to get off the couch and start competing in Olympic Distance Triathlons, as a result I went from 238 pounds to 169 pounds! After being exposed to mountain biking, I eventually transitioned to riding single speed and I became completely obsessed. My hometown of Richmond, Virginia is saturated with awesome trails to ride as well as being the host of the 2015 UCI World Championship Road Race
When I moved to Valdosta in October 2017, I was looking for something similar to the Mountain Biking sport/community. I was introduced to CrossFit and soon afterwards I immediately got hooked on the community and high-intensity nature of the sport. I was soon hitting lots of PR’s after consistently going to classes and retaining a coachable spirit. I knew I wanted to do more in the sport so after one year of being an athlete I completed my Level 1 Trainer Certification.
When I became a coach, CrossFit evolved from an interest into a passion. As a passion, I am totally committed to the sport and I don’t make any room for excuses. I also accepted that being a CrossFit Coach is a great accountability tool for myself. In order for me to be an affective leader and influence athletes, I needed to dial in my nutrition and lifestyle habits. Don’t get me wrong, there is much satisfaction in rewarding hard work and I am big fan of training optimally as opposed to maximally.
As a Coach I want to be a role model for the sport, I may never make it to the CrossFit Games but I am delighted when I see athletes smash goals or obtain new skills! It’s definitely a rewarding sport and the emotional connections I have developed are bar none!
I am devoted to inspiring others in and outside of the box, daring athletes to elevate themselves to new levels, and finally using CrossFit as a platform to encourage people to realize they are better than yesterday! They just need to show up and have a positive mental attitude!
My favorite style of WODs are long grueling MetCons, as a former Triathlete I know how to go in the pain cave. I love any kind of Big Hero WOD, especially those with barbell cycling or kettlebells! The aftermath is usually a big endorphin high, lots of camaraderie, and forgetting a personal item at the gym, whoops!
I am esteemed to have the title of CrossFit Kids Coach, as well as leading the Advanced Kids Class. I get excited thinking about their own personal fitness journeys and it is my plan to steer them in the right direction to help achieve their own personal goals.
When I am not at CrossFit Valdosta, I take pleasure in traveling (where I usually visit a new CrossFit Box), practicing Yoga, or visiting new restaurants.
I encourage everyone to try CrossFit, it’s infinitely scalable. There is a great chance that you will make plenty of new friends, you can potentially meet your spouse! Additionally, you will be surrounded with other goal-oriented people who will help you as well as encourage you to be better and grasp things you may have only dreamed of. CrossFit Valdosta feels more like a family and the fellowship you will be exposed to will keep you coming back. Also did I mention kettlebells?