Age: 27

Occupation(s): 

Clinical Athletic Trainer and Researcher, Northwestern University

How long have you been at CrossFit e-town?: 

“I have been CrossFit-ing for 3 years (wow! that went fast) and at e-town since August 2016.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of CrossFit?

“I am an avid reader, so usually I am trying to read articles or books in between activities. On the weekends, you can usually find me with my boyfriend, Ryan, and our english bulldog, Bodie, at the dog park or watching sports. I also love to travel; I just came back from Korea & Japan.”

When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?   

“I come from an endurance background. In college, I dabbled in olympic lifting. My friend opened a CrossFit Box in the area and I decided to give it a try. When I started I was in the middle of training for a 1/2 marathon and had a stress fracture in my pelvis. It sounds crazy, but it was probably the best thing because it made me really focus on technique with light weight instead of how much weight I could put up.”

What is your favorite and least favorite WOD? 

“I love the endurance Hero WODs or Chief. I am good at holding a steady pace for long durations.  Oh man, I despise ‘JT’. Mostly because ring dips and handstand push-ups are not in my wheelhouse.”

What is your favorite/least favorite movement? 

“My favorite movement is the deadlift. I just feel so strong when I can pull heavy weight from the floor. My least favorite movement are muscle-ups only because they still elude me.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.).

“I work in sports medicine and musculoskeletal care at Northwestern University in the on-campus Health Center. My favorite part of my job is the relationships I get to build with students during their 4-5 years with us.

I like to cook. I am a big advocate of weekly meal prep.  It makes my weekdays so much easier.

Otherwise, sports and music.  You can usually find Ryan and I doing something involving those activities. We love concerts and trying new activities, like dance class or bowling leagues. I think this spring we are going to do sailing lessons.”

What was your workout routine before CrossFit? 

“Running, yoga, weight lifting”

What did you think after your first CrossFit workout? 

“*$#%”

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  Have you achieved any of those goals? 

“I knew I needed to retrain myself to activate my posterior chain (butt, hamstrings), especially because of the stress fracture.  I, at least, think I achieved that. No more stress fractures! Now my goals are all about gymnastics…in the words of Greg Glassman, ‘spend more time on your hands’.”

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? 

“Where do I start? I have always been active, but since I started CrossFit, this is the healthiest I have ever been.  I struggled with eating disorders in high school and college.  I think a lot of people can relate to having troubled relationships with food and body image. I love that at CrossFit it is about being strong and kicking a$$, not about being skinny, having thigh gap, or being a certain weight. I won’t lie, not everyday is pretty at the gym, but the community is always there to rally you. I contribute my healthier attitudes towards workouts, food, and my body to CrossFit.”

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? 

“I can’t wait to see reactions to the new website! (I may be biased since I helped build it..)”

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit e-town? 

“Take time to do the movements right, don’t worry about your scores, it will all come together. Three years later, I still have to back off weight and practice the movement basics; it is a continual process.”

Something you might not know about me is? 

“I grew up in North Dakota. Farm girl, born and raised.”

The thing(s) I love most about CrossFit etown are? 

“Open gym :).  A lot of people wonder what I am always doing during the open gyms.  I am following Competitor’s Training – it’s programming I have been following for almost 2 years now.  I love just blasting the music and knocking out the WOD.”