Growing up I was always a chubby kid but I have had a passion for fitness and exercise since high school and for CrossFit as soon as I did my first Wod. I started going to the gym the day after I finished my senior year of Tennis in High School. I started off just running and doing machines then I eventually started working with free weights. After a few years I got involved with Physique and bodybuilding shows. I was making my own diet plans to do these shows so I really got involved with nutrition and how macronutrients affect our bodies.. During my “cut” for my last bodybuilding show I started implementing CrossFit a few times a week for cardio instead of being bored to death on a stair-master or running. I was fortunate that my sister Kate dragged me to CrossFit the first few times because it didn’t take long to get hooked.
After my final physique was done I knew I was not going to do another one and wanted to stick with CrossFit. I am a very competitive person with a passion for working out and pushing the limits so naturally it was a good fit. I started CrossFit around March 2012 and have been doing it full time ever since. I graduated from U of M – Flint in May 2013 with a double major in Marketing and Spanish. After numerous internships I knew I did not want to sit behind a desk all day waiting to work-out, I wanted to make my passion my career. I did attend one semester of graduate school in the fall of 2013, but knew what I wanted to do the whole time. Before that semester was done Kate and I had been looking immensely for places to open a box. We stumbled upon Allendale and a nice sized warehouse that would be perfect for us, came and looked at it and knew it was perfect. Knowing nobody we moved across the State in March 2014 and haven’t looked back since.
I am so fortunate and thankful to be in the position as owner and coach at CrossFit Allendale. The people I have met since we opened have changed my life and I can’t wait to see our members and community grow into the future.
First Wod: 3 Rounds: 400m Run, 30 Wallballs, 20 AMSU, 1 Rope climb. I didn’t know how to climb a rope so I just did them legless.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Anything that involves Pizza, burgers, lots of ranch and ice cream.
Favorite Musician: Jon Connor, Eminen, I am big in rap and hip hop music but will listen to all genres.
Worst CrossFit Movements: HSPU, Ring muscle ups and snatches
Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Lions
Favorite Tv Show: Breaking Bad, The Office, Walking Dead, Seinfeld, Shark Tank to name a few.
Favorite CrossFit Athlete: The legend Rich Froning
Goals for the future: CFA Regional team, Grow our community, Get all the CrossFit certs. Clean and Jerk 315#
As a kid, I was never into sports or exercise. Running the mile once a week in middle school would make me nervous because I was never athletic. Around the end of 8th grade I started to go to the YMCA and working out after school & was hooked, it became my routine & I would feel weird if I didn't work out. The summer after my freshman year of high school, I started working out with a personal trainer, Paul. I have to say that Paul changed my life forever. He made me fall in love with working hard and sweating and also helped bring me out of my shell of shyness. He introduced me to CrossFit during my senior year of high school and I loved it. I dragged Josh to the intro class with me and we never looked back. It was exactly what we needed, something that you always have room for improvement, that is fun, & allows you to meet people just like you. CrossFit has not only made me fitter but has also given me another family. I love the community aspect of CrossFit.
I decided to go away to school at Eastern Michigan University for my second year of college (2013) and the hardest part was leaving my CrossFit box, CrossFit Ignition. Josh & I had the opportunity to open our own box so we began to look and found the perfect location in Allendale. I transferred to Grand Valley in Fall 2014 and am majoring in Exercise Science. I love coaching CrossFit and spreading our love of fitness to others. Opening our own box has been an amazing experience and I can't wait to see it progress & grow even more.
First Wod: something with 400 m run, hrpu, deadlifts and kbs and I about died
Favorite Cheat Meal: burger & fries with ranch
Favorite Musician: Michael Jackson, Drake, Big Sean
Worst CrossFit Movements: Pull-ups & T2B!!
Favorite Tv Show: The Office, Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Lauren Fisher