Coach Bio… coming soon
Coach Bio… coming soon
I have a sincere passion for health and fitness and enjoy nothing more than the opportunity to help others through their journey of obtaining a happy and healthier lifestyle. I am CrossFit level 1 certified, USAW level 1 certified and have completed a few other seminars to include The Ultimate Athlete with Rick Scarpulla, of Ultimate Advantage Sports and Olympic Lifting with Donny Shankle who is a 5 time US National Champion. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 when I lived in Denver, Colorado. I signed up at a Bally’s Total Fitness gym and was awarded a free training session with one of the trainers who was trying to incorporate CrossFit. I was instantly hooked. All of these movements were so foreign, but I loved it! Growing up, I played competitive soccer for most of my youth and was also selected to play with an Olympic Development Program. My love for soccer dwindled after high school and I needed something else to fill my desire for competition.
In 2010 I moved back to Fairbanks and was ecstatic to see that there was a CrossFit gym. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, so I am pretty use to being behind the curve. I mentioned to Kane one day that I was thinking about competing and it was all over after that. I have been on a strength program ever since and have been training rigorously. I have done mostly local competitions and in 2012 made it to the Northwest Regionals. Shortly after that I became pregnant with my daughter Kianna and had to take a break from intense training. However, I did continue to do CrossFit while pregnant all the way up to the night I went into labor. It was a short, sweet, natural delivery and I was back in the gym a week later. 4 weeks after that, the CrossFit Open started. I ended up competing and finishing in 70th place out of 2000 other women. I plan on going back to regionals in 2014.
CrossFit and CrossFit Fairbanks have made such an incredible impact on my life. I have never pushed myself to the limits that I have here, and it is unbelievable how gratifying it is. Not only to hit my own PR’s, but to also help others and watch people transform and do things they never even thought possible. It’s the greatest feeling in the world!
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where my athletic love was volleyball: I played competitive club volleyball starting in 6th grade and was a 4-peat state champion with my high school team. (Whoot!) At Stanford I studied English, minored in Spanish, and decided to get my Master’s in Education. My now-husband Jimmy and I met at the very end of my senior year in college, and after living in California for a few years, we moved up to Fairbanks — his hometown — in 2011. We are most recently proud new parents of our son Samuel.
CrossFit became a part of my life in September 2009, a few months before we got married. At CrossFit Silicon Valley in northern California, I finished second to last in my very first WOD, and that was enough to fire up my competitive spirit. I owe my willingness to stick with it to the head coaches, Judd and Michaela, and the 6:30am Breakfast Club folks who created an incredibly supportive culture. Plus I’m a nerd and geeked out (still do) on watching CFJ videos, Kelly Starrett’s MobilityWOD stuff in its inception, Carl Paoli’s gymnastics tips, etc.
I got my L1 cert in July 2010 but did not start coaching until we came up here to CrossFit Fairbanks, where I took over the 6am classes on MWF. As an educator at heart, what I love about coaching is seeing people achieve immediate improvement from making a small change in body position or technique — that doesn’t happen so visibly when you’re working on writing an essay with a 6th grader. I’m a detail-oriented person, so I want my clients to know and appreciate the effects of excellent technique. For me it’s not about beating the clock every day but about teaching people to move well and efficiently so that translates to every other part of their non-CF lives.
And thanks to Kane, I have learned to love and appreciate lifting heavy. I’ll make you do that, too. The rest of my CrossFit-oriented energy is directed toward being the Editor-in-Chief of Tabata Times, so find us on FB or Twitter. Who knew that I could combine my English major with CrossFit so seamlessly?
I began CrossFit here in Fairbanks in February 2012, after my wife convinced me to give it a try. I quickly fell in love with the community and intensity I found in CrossFit workouts, and the following May, I earned my Level One certification. After some time away around the time of my son’s birth, my wife and I were back at it again, and in June 2013 I earned my CrossFit Kids certification.
As a high school teacher, working with (and motivating) young people is a skill I have been building for the past 6 years. I have a background in coaching, both in Physical Education classes and on the soccer field. I greatly enjoy seeing young people work toward their goals and find success, but I stress that the dedication to the small improvements-like perfect technique and achieving full range of motion-is the most important aspect of training.
CrossFit Kids is more than just a scaled down version of the adult classes.
“CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program that is specifically designed for kids and teenagers and helps them develop a lifelong love of fitness. In a group setting, children and teens participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well-rounded athletes.” -From CrossFitKids.com “About Us”
Therefore, no matter whether the young athlete is looking to better their sport-specific performance, burn off some weight, or just use up some extra energy, CrossFit Kids is the program for them. Add in the positive effect exercise and nutritional education has on obesity in young people, the most recent research into weight/resistance training and its benefits to bone strength and growth in children, and the studies on the relationship between exercise and improved cognitive ability, and you have a great program that is designed to help youth perform at their best both athletically and academically.
Learn how to carve out more time for the gym without sacrificing family time.
Continue to increase weight on my lifts while increasing range of motion and technical ability.
I was born and raised in Butler Pennsylvania. After graduating high school I joined the Army. I’ve served in the military for 7 years. I started doing crossfit when I was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. My unit was the first unit to do crossfit in the Army. At first I was totally turned off by crossfit, all I thought it was pull-ups and running. After moving to Alaska I deployed to Afghanistan. Where I found Kandahar Crossfit. After my first wod at KCF, I fell in love with crossfit weights and cardio at the same time I was hooked. I started researching the movements and really getting into the crossfit lifestyle. On the day after returning from Afghanistan I made my way to crossfit Fairbanks.
I see the practice of yoga as a way to teach ourselves the priceless lesson of how to BREATHE. In a world that is so fast paced, callus, mean and uncaring, I truly believe the secret to life is remembering to breathe. Whether you depend on a god or God or your own inner strength to get up every morning, you won’t ever get to that point if you don’t remember to slow down, and breathe. I don’t care if you can’t stretch your arm over your head, or touch your toes, I strive every time I walk into a yoga class to remind my students to stretch your rib cage when you breathe, fill your belly, satisfy your muscles and your mind with the one free, absolutely necessary component this Earth provides for us. Yoga can make any aspect of your life better, your CrossFit performance, your desk job, your commute to work or school, the way you sleep, yoga will find it’s way into every step you take if you let it!
“How do you tell if something’s alive? You check for breathing.” ― Markus Zusak
200-hr Yoga Alliance Certified at The Yoga Institute of Houston by Lex Gillian