- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- CrossFit Endurance Certification
- CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
- Teacher, Health Education, grades 6-8
High school involvement in athletics led way to my involvement in coaching Cross Country and Track & Field. Winter training and summer camps in each sport turned into a year-long supplement to teaching. Development and involvement in the Naperville Track Club allowed me to continue to grow as a leader and coach of runners ages 8-18.
CrossFit entered my own training in December 2007, where the internet mainsite became something I played around with before jumping head first into daily CrossFit training. CrossFitters both new and experienced might appreciate my vivid memory of “Angie” for the first time— after about 15 stubborn minutes and 50 lousy pull-ups, I wasn’t anywhere near the 100 reps, so I instead moved on to finish the remainder of the exercises by the half hour mark. I was sore for a week, and immediately hooked.
CrossFit has sparked an unbelievable change in my physical fitness and also my outlook on life— I have seen myself get more interested, and more competitive, in my own workouts. I love the difficulty of the WOD and also the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies it.
My own quality of life has improved, but what’s more amazing is I can see it in the kids I teach, the adults I’ve trained, and in my own friends and family members. The community of CrossFit athletes supports each other unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. The reality is that the conditioning is not only in the physical sense; CrossFit can stem a mental and social change as well.
It’s addictive, in the best way.