I grew up as the stocky short kid who was not encouraged into sports or athleticism. I tried to become fit, and I always thought I was fit…until I started CrossFit. My first WOD was a 7 minute AMRAP with box jumps, but since I feared the height, Mike D. made a short weight stack for me. My push ups were from my knees, and my first Fran was with a 45 lb bar and red band-assisted pull-ups. Now, I have become proficient at many movements and have discovered a muscular and mental strength I never knew I had. I am still getting used to the label “athlete!”
I am constantly amazed at what CrossFit has done for me, both physically and mentally. There is always another PR to be had, and I have learned that a positive outlook can prove that we can accomplish what we may not have thought possible. One of the most significant and meaningful things about CrossFit is the community that we build while experiencing a tough WOD together.
My love for and fascination of anatomy and movements as well as training in Laban Movement Analysis has been a great help to me in thinking about how to teach movements in the box. I believe that we can find the most effective and efficient ways of moving our bodies IF we know basic body mapping and physiology. One must learn how to feel the movement before it can be mastered, and learning new body awareness can be difficult. I try to use the same techniques in the box that I use with my conducting students at UW: seeing the movement, knowing what should be stable and mobile in the body, spinal neutrality, joint differentiation, and knowing what we want and need to achieve with each movement.
I have a passion for teaching and helping people to achieve their full potential. My goals as a CrossFit 7220 Trainer include creating awareness of one’s body and how it moves efficiently, positive encouragement, and pushing people enough to see improvements every week. Your achievement is my greatest joy.In the real world, I am the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming where I conduct the Collegiate Chorale and The UW Singing Statesmen, advise the Happy Jacks, and teach conducting and studio voice.
- Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
- Goal Setting Trainer certificate
- Kettlebell Trainer Certificate
- Olympic Lifting Certificate