I started my ninja training early when I began practicing Shotokan karate at age six. I was a student for eight years, until I could no longer advance in rank without attending a Special Training that required Death and Dismemberment insurance. Unfortunately, a 14 year-old could not qualify for such insurance, so I got bored and moved onto fastpitch softball. I pitched on competitive teams for twelve years, which enabled me to travel all over the United States and ultimately earned me a scholarship as a starting pitcher at Division I Portland State University.
Upon graduation, in an effort to stay active, I committed to running a full marathon which required fundraising and a five-month training program. I hated it, and it was years until I (begrudgingly) ran again. Shortly after, I got a full-time at job Boeing, my first office job. I was leading change efforts to resolve operational issues, and it was incredibly stressful. After work, I would relax with a martini and TV marathon on the couch. In only a few months time, I had gained twenty pounds and was low on energy.
Being an athlete, I remembered that working out actually gives you energy. I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. After a few months of three-hour-long workouts, I’d dropped the weight and loved the way my body looked. I can’t say that I was stronger or more fit, but I looked and felt great. Then, after one year, my personal trainer unexpectedly left the gym. I panicked!
Nadia had just started coaching CrossFit at this particular gym, and Eric, complimenting me on the intensity with which I approached my workouts, suggested I try it. I went to one class, performed a scaled version of the infamous Filthy Fifty, and was hooked! It required the mental toughness I’d learned practicing martial arts; it reignited the individual competitiveness of facing down a batter from the pitcher’s mound ; it reawakened my love of sport.
Within six months I was in better shape than I’d been in my entire life, even better than age 23 with six hours of collegiate practice daily under the guidance of dedicated strength and conditioning coaches. (Did I mention yet that classes are only an hour?!) Wanting to perform better in CrossFit, I started eating better, sleeping more regularly, and finally, for good, quit smoking. From then on I have believed in the capacity of CrossFit to bring health and real, functional well-rounded fitness to everyone, made accessible regardless of physical ability through infinitely scalable movements. I earned my Level 1 certification so that I could contribute to this community that I wholeheartedly believe in.
CrossFit has taught me to love and respect my body. As a coach, I feel responsible to other women as a role model, to demonstrate that giving your body the capacity to carry you vigorously through life is beautiful. My hope is that women of all abilities find confidence in their strength, and my dream is that the social paradigm regarding women will shift from objectifying women for their looks to honoring women for their power.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate
2012 CrossFit Opens Competitor
2011 CrossFit Opens Competitor
2010 CrossFit PNW Regionals Affiliate Team Member – CrossFit Belltown
2010 CrossFit Washington State Sectional Competitor
2004 P.F. Chang’s Rock n’ Roll Arizona Full Marathon
2003 Portland State Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
2002 Verizon Academic All-American District VIII Second Team