I have completed 4 half marathons, a lot of 5ks and mud runs. I have done bike rides to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
I joined my first gym in 1996 – I started out with a personal trainer working out 3 days a week with him due to weight gain from some medical issues I had recently gone through. I discovered I really enjoyed it. I loved getting stronger, the way I could work my daily stress away and meeting people. My husband and I started working out together but our schedules conflicted so I started getting bored working out alone.
I joined a ladies only gym and found a new passion. I started taking group fitness classes andcouldn’t get enough. I felt like I was part of a group and if I missed a class my new friends would be concerned and questioning me about where and why. I grew to do the same with everyone I was meeting. I was a total gym rat – not even a unicorn.
After about 3 years the owner had to close her business, I was lost and confused. I followed a few of the instructors to another gym. They needed instructors and approached me about going through the training. Needless to say I drank the Kool-Aid. I started with one certificate and before it was over I had 5. I was teaching at 2 gyms and 6 classes a week – but I wasn’t getting my “me time”. I found I needed my students as much as they needed me, but I felt like I needed a new challenge.
So I had a friend who was doing CrossFit and he was enjoying it so much, I was intrigued. I finally decided to go and see what it was all about. I was totally intimidated and I knew no one, but that changed very quickly. I was welcomed like an old friend – such a great community. A year and half later, I had dropped down to 3 group fitness classes a week and CrossFit 4 times a week. I was learning a lot at CrossFit that was making me stronger and a better instructor.
Then my life was changing due to my husband accepting a job transfer to Panama City Beach. Big changes were in my future, I had always lived in Birmingham – my family, my friends, and my job. Lucky for me I will always have a close family and great friends but I also got to keep my job, so the biggest was I had to find a new gym. I stopped by 30a CrossFit one day on my way back into town from traveling with work and I felt like it was the place for me. I came to a class and signed up. Everyone was so nice and welcomed me with open arms. I knew that I could learn a lot from Tony and Karen – their knowledge of the movements and the fundamentals.
The only thing I was missing was helping others on their journey into becoming healthier and happier. I really love to help anyone, not matter what age, who has been previously sedentary, or consider him or herself “out of shape”, or that is too intimidated to walk in the gym door because you’ve heard how tough CrossFitters are. I want to help others achieve strength and balance to maintain a healthy, independent, lifestyle.
CrossFit is never boring, always challenging and just fun!