I had a conversation with a friend recently where we discussed “getting motivated” vs. “being committed.” Nothing will get you where you want to be but your commitment - to showing up, to putting the work in, and to yourself. You have one life. Commit to it.
As a coach, I support every athlete, no matter where they are in their journey. At IRCF, we strive to make sure you see amazing results while also keeping you healthy! Come down to the gym and let’s crush it together!
When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit 6 years ago. I have been an athlete my whole life and played organized sports in high school and college. I always loved the competition and the opportunity to be a part of a team. After my college days, I didn’t do much except party. I started P90X to try and get myself back into shape and it worked for the first year. I had heard a little underground chatter around that time about CrossFit. I was intrigued so I went to check it out. I was immediately intimidated by everything but was super interested in being in an environment where the girls could throw weight around like the boys. The owner at the first gym I went to said, “Come to the gym three days a week for three months and then decide if you want to stay." I did that and I never stopped. My first real workout was Cindy. I couldn’t bend my arms for a week but I loved every second of it.
Who or what inspires you to CrossFit?
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 15 years ago. At that time I made a decision to
not let my MS define me, that I would live my life as if I would suddenly wake up and not be able to walk...no regrets. CrossFit is always there to remind me that I have one body and I need to treat it the best that I can.
One morning in October of 2016, I woke up and I could barely walk. My biggest fear happened...my MS attacked my spinal cord and I could barely move from the waist down. But slowly, my body healed and as soon as I could, I got back into the gym. So my MS really motivates me to get into the gym because one day I may not be able to make it to the gym anymore. The other thing that really motivates me in CrossFit are our veterans who come back from war and who find family and purpose in CrossFit gyms. Whenever I want to complain, I always think about what our veterans are going through and I stop complaining pretty quickly. The last thing that motivates me is competition with my friends in the gym. I am always chasing someone’s score and that almost always makes me fight for every last rep.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge with CrossFit is running. I was never a great runner and if you add in years of smoking and my body type, it's just a recipe for difficulty. But, I don't cherry pick workouts and I show up regardless of what is on the whiteboard. If today's workout is a 5K, I will probably hate it the whole time but I will be there. If the run is more than 200m you can find me with my stupid headphones on, preparing to come in last. This year I hit a PR on my mile time so I am happy with that. Showing up is the only way to get better.
What are your goals this year?
My goal for the coming year is to develop the muscle up. I haven't worked too hard on it consistently in the past but I'd like to get that nailed this year. I would also like to add in the butterfly pull up as well.