If you know CFU, you also know Coach K. Her passion, motivation and excitement for this thing called CrossFit is contagious. She puts everything she has into her own training and helping her athletes succeed – and she doesn’t just talk it… she walks it. And runs it. And dances it… you get the picture.
What is your athletic background?
I played softball and club field hockey through high school, and continued my field hockey career at Millersville University as a defensive back. After ankle surgery in 2010, I took a pretty long break from fitness. I started playing rec field hockey again some time in 2012 and began CrossFit in January of 2013. On occasion, you can still find me on the turf or spinning these wheels on the track, but under the barbell is where I am most at home.
What made you get into CrossFit?
My smoking hot sister and her husband. I was honestly a little intimidated to start- mostly because I knew I was out of shape and my competitiveness kept me from walking in the door. But I did. And 800 m of burpee broad jumps was my reward. A few months later, my Mom purchased me a one month membership as a Christmas gift. So I went… for five straight days in my first week. I just couldn’t get enough of the environment and community of people pushing each other.
What are your personal athletic goals?
This year has been a huge rebuilding period for me. In 2017, I had an incredible opportunity to train with a bunch of really fit people and serve as their alternate in preparation for regionals. It was an awesome learning experience that led me to some self reflection.
A few months back I decided to make the transition from fitness for life to sport, commit myself to becoming the absolute best version of myself I can be, and see where my mental and physical abilities could lead me.
2018’s fitness goals are simple: to attack every training opportunity I am given with ferocity and focus. See what I’m made of when I am no longer afraid. To fail, and fail often, so that I can learn where I am strong and where I am weak. And to achieve the highest level of fitness and competition that I can with the body and the mind that I have trained.
“You can never be disappointed in your results, only in your efforts.”
What is your personal coaching philosophy?
In CrossFit, my coaching philosophy is to provide athletes with opportunity to learn safe and efficient fundamental movement patterns that promote sustainable fitness. I also aim to create a comfortable environment that allows individuals to identify their overarching health and fitness goals, and have the opportunity to achieve them.
Real talk: I want to provide my athletes with opportunity to move well, breathe hard, lift heavy, find community, and love yourself.
What do you expect from the athletes you coach?
To be on time 🙂
I expect my athletes to be honest and coachable. Take in the information we provide, think about how this translates to your body, and adapt. If it hurts, speak up. If you’re confused, ask questions. I’m a coach, not a mind reader. So I can only give to you as much as you give to me. And in turn, you cannot execute the performance without the skills. So trust us, and the process.
What can an athlete do to stay motivated if they are feeling stuck?
Be seriously patient. This truly is fitness for life. Achievable, sustainable health and fitness takes time to build. So do it well and do it right, and you will keep your success for a lifetime.
What has CrossFit done for you, outside of the box?
Oh wow. Where do I even start?
Tell you what. Fitness with me. One time. And give it your absolute best effort. Then afterwards, I will tell you everything that CrossFit and this community has done for me. Gotta earn that answer 🙂
What is the most rewarding part of coaching?
Developing relationships of trust and the opportunity to have honest and real conversation with people. Everyday, I get the chance to help people come up with obtainable and real solutions to overcome challenges they may have never had the courage to face alone. Whether that’s in their fitness, their nutrition, or just the chaos of life. That they look to me for support and guidance… That’s such an incredible experience.
What are you most proud of?
There is nothing I am more proud of than my family. How these human beings have put up with me and still love me unconditionally after 28 years is beyond me. They are some of the most patient, strong, and loving people I have ever known. I would be nothing without them and cannot even express how lucky I am to have them.
Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
Go to mid-day snack is:
Kodiak cakes. Gimme
More of a book worm, but Boondock Saints is probably my fave
Least Favorite Workout:
17.1….. since I did it three times in three days #spinal
What’s your perfect pizza?
The kind that’s a day old and barely reheated. And has pepperoni and all the crushed red pepper.