A little bit about me:
I grew up wrestling, yes wrestling elementary, collegiate, and on the national team. After college in order to maintain my sanity and shape I got into triathlons and long distance running. If you had asked me what CrossFit was…? I would have had no idea. At one point in the spring of 2009 one of my buddies tried to get me to try it, I didn’t give much thought to it, well other than it wasn’t for me. I started CF in Afghanistan shortly after, mainly because I was bored with running on a treadmill. I stuck to what was on the main page, but had to watch the videos to understand the movement, and I had to scale everything…pull-ups, weights, everything. Honestly, it was very frustrating and humbling when I first started. After a few months I was hooked. I knew I needed to learn more in order to improve, which is what brought me to Potomac CrossFit in July of 2010. I was ecstatic to be in a gym/box that was dedicated to just CF, I literally thought I had gone to work out heaven.
My first thought after a CF WOD (workout of the day):
Let’s just say, I thought I was in good shape and I learned rather quickly to respect the WOD.
My biggest concerns was that I would get bulky and lose my ability to run. My 5K time is now faster than it ever has been. Now the only time I run is during a WOD, and I love seeing the changes in my body while I getting leaner and stronger. The first time I did Fran it took me around 15 minutes not Rx’d, it has been a while since my last Fran, but I have more than cut that time in half and its Rx’d. I don’t really have a favorite WOD, however I love hero WODs that really challenge you mentally and physically.
Fondest CF Memory:
The hopper 2011 was my first official team competition, and Double Unders got pulled. I was struggling to simple complete my portion for the team; everyone in the team was waiting on me to start the next event. My team was super supportive as so were the Potomac/Patriot CF fans. The PCF community is awesome and I am so happy to be a part of it.
Advice to new CrossFitters:
CrossFit is hard, humbling and a lot of fun. Join a CrossFit box/gym. Buy a notebook and keep a journal of you WODs and bench mark weights and I guarantee you will see improvement.
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
Physical Education Certificate
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education Certificate
USA Wrestling Bronze Level Coaching Certification