Tell us about your athletic background.
My athletic background consisted of high school soccer and track. I was also playing club soccer for Far Post during this time. I continued playing soccer for the UVM Men’s club team in college, but ended my playing career there to work extensively on my Athletic Training Major. I continued my soccer career from a different perspective during college: coaching!
What degrees do you have/are you working towards? What training / athletic coaching certifications do you have?
I earned my Bachelor’s degree of Science in Athletic Training at UVM and received my license to practice Athletic Training. During my undergraduate career, I was coaching soccer for Queen City soccer club and held my “E” Coaching license. After graduating, I went on to Illinois States University where I earned my Masters degree in Kinesiology and Recreation with a focus in Athletic Training. I’ve also recently earned my CrossFit level 2 certification. It helped me learn and better myself as a CrossFit coach for the athletes I see everyday. I want to give them the best experience and value possible.
Why do you do CrossFit? Why do you love CrossFit?
I enjoy CrossFit because of its ability to be versatile and challenging. I find that I keep striving for “best” and although I know I’ll never reach it, its about the journey and the learning along the way that’s most exciting. Easily one of the most fun things about CrossFit is the group training classes. Its fun being able to workout with others because you get to be a part of something bigger than you. You’re are a part of other’s livelihood who are making the commitment to being active.
Most Memorable CrossFit TT Moment?
My most memorable CrossFit TT moment was my first class. My brother Andrew talked me in to coming in for a trial workout. I thought I’d give it a shot, not knowing what I was getting my skinny self into. Needless to say, that workout was Kalsu and that was the first time I’d ever lifted anything over my head repeatedly. I will always remember coach Andrew, Tyler, and Stacy screaming and laughing at me multiple times to get more thrusters. Everything hurt for at least 10 days after, but I still came back!
Favorite WOD / Workout?
It will always be the Filthy Fifty
Why do you love CrossFit TT?
I love CrossFit TT because I think it’s the only gym of its kind. It’s able to bring together a community of a wide array of abilities and challenge each one of its members. In that way, TT is able to vary the degree of training each member needs, not the kind. For me, TT is more than a CrossFit gym; it’s a welcoming family that helps me to accomplish the goals I set for myself both in and outside the gym.
Who inspires you?
I think my family inspires me the most, though I look up to each member for different reasons. However, my older brother, Andrew, has inspired me to do the things that I think I can’t do. He’s always been the one to proclaim that he will do something and then he goes and does it, no matter the circumstances. It’s his motivation and fire that’s unprecedented and, for me, that mental game has always been a struggle. I feel like in learning from his advice and actions, I’ve become a stronger athlete and a better person.
What gets you through a hard workout?
The thing that gets me through a hard workout is knowing that I’ll be better because of it. Workouts always end…getting stronger doesn’t.