Owner & Strength & Hypertrophy Specialist | 11 Years of Experience
Fitness has been a passion of mine since I was introduced to weight lifting my junior year of high school. After my tennis coach suggested that I hit the weights to strengthen my serve and one-handed backhand, I joined a gym near my school where I wandered about aimlessly for several weeks, likely looking like a doofus as I stared dumbly at the machines, squat racks, and rows upon rows of intimidating dumbbells.
Eventually, the owner (who, to this day, still trains me whenever I go home to visit) approached me and kindly offered to educate me so I wouldn’t a.) injure myself and b.) waste my time doing what I only hoped were actual exercises. After a few illuminating, albeit rather painful, training sessions, I was officially hooked on weight lifting. Over time, I began learning more and more about proper nutrition as well and swiftly saw, and felt, my body responding wonderfully to whole, nutritious foods.
Nearly a year later, I began a battle with anorexia, and for a long while, food and exercise became enemies instead of allies. I under-ate and over-exercised until I was dangerously thin. Long story short (you can read the long version in my book Fit for Faith), I became, by the grace of God, healthy again.
Under-eating is still a struggle for me, especially when I’m feeling anxious or stressed, but I’ve always found strength through prayer, the support of close family and friends, and God’s “living and active” Word (Hebrews 4:12). I love helping others, particularly women, overcome similar food and body-image-related issues by combining spiritual truths with physical action steps.
I started CrossFit in the spring of 2011, and I have to say I didn’t take to it right away. Simply put, it was tough! I pushed myself a little too hard during my first WOD and paid for it for over a week. Suffice it to say, I thought my CrossFit days were over.
A few weeks later, I met Ben during a local CrossFit event (I was spectating, not participating!). We quickly fell in love, and I realized that if I wanted to spend more time with him, I’d better give CrossFit another shot!
I still prefer “old school” weight lifting, but I realize that CrossFit provides fitness that is beautifully balanced and functional, offering results across all ten recognized fitness domains: endurance, strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, balance, and accuracy. Therefore, I rely on the 925 community to encourage me (and nag me if necessary!) to get a WOD or two in a week – I may be hesitant to do them, but I never regret it once I commit and, as Nike says, just do it!
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but goodness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that is now, and that of which is to come.” (Timothy 4:8)