CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I found Crossfit through a friend who was training to enter the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School. I’m not sure what he was thinking when he invited me – at the time I was one year removed from a DII Collegiate Cross Country career, running by myself 5-6 days a week, had zero upper body strength, and was a recovering vegan. I had spent the last 5 years running and ten years before that practicing ballet. I love running, but heavy endurance training and a bad diet had left me weaker than ever and sick a lot of the time. I suspect that my friend just wanted me to start eating meat again, and if I lifted some weights I’d be finally hungry enough to let the siren song of bacon cheeseburgers win me over. He was right.
We were at Five Guys by week three (you can ask me about my 7 years as a vegetarian over beers and burgers anytime). That first night, the coach asked us each to share our motivation for starting Crossfit. Many of the answers were what you’d expect: weight loss, cross training for marathons, an efficient way to stay in shape. I remember considering the question and drawing a complete blank. Why WAS I here? I’d glimpsed the beefy guys throwing up snatches and chucking wall balls when I came in. I could barely do two push-ups. I was certain that I was physically incapable of ever doing a pull-up. And it was possible I never would.
When it was my turn to speak I took a breath, straightened up, and the answer came to me: “I want to feel powerful.” The coach looked surprised. “Well…yeah,” he said, “good answer.” And from that day on, I have felt more powerful than I ever thought possible.
I started slow and wasn’t able to afford an unlimited membership until June, 2013 when I joined Second Wind. I felt at home in this community almost immediately. Along with confidence and strength, this gym has provided me with a wonderful circle of friends and a home base 3,000 miles from where I grew up in L.A.
My favorite workouts include long endurance components and Olympic lifting. Since I’ve started coaching in January I’ve most enjoyed sitting in on new Foundations classes and watching all our new athletes develop. I think one of the best parts of Crossfit is the opportunity to try new things, experiment, and surprise yourself.
I’m still waiting for Steve to program my special WOD: Snuggles for Time.
(Editor’s note: Ain’t gonna happen.)
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