I was born and raised in Rockford, MI and moved to the Chicagoland area June 2013 for Physician Assistant school. I am currently still working on my education and loving life in Glen Ellyn, Il. I enjoy triathlons, line dancing/country music, ‘fun runs’, and going to Crossfit Alphadog daily.
I have always enjoyed athletics more than anything else. I’m very active and grew up trying a variety of sports. I’ve tried ballet/tap dance, diving, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and cross country. Basketball became my favorite and my motivation for working hard through high school. One of my favorite memories is when I realized my own potential through my coaches words. In 8th grade, I was playing every position on the floor and was loving it. Although, at some point I felt that my coach was being extra hard on me compared to the other players. I remember going home almost in tears one day and telling my parents what I was experiencing. The next day at practice my coach had noticed a change in my attitude. He brought me aside and began to explain to me that the reason he pushed me so hard was because I had so much potential to be a great basketball player. I could not thank him enough for pushing me to my limits as a player because it gave me the confidence to be a varsity basketball captain and help lead my team to districts.
Once I graduated from high school and decided to go to a University where I did not play basketball, I struggled with missing my teams and competition. I played intramurals and some other 3 on 3 basketball competitions. But to make up for it, I joined the triathlon club and decided to start competing in triathlons. I really enjoyed this because it brought me back to competition and working hard. It is a sport I really enjoyed and I still do to this day, but it was missing something. It was missing the in-your-face competition of basketball that I was craving. I continued training for triathlons because I struggled to find a league to play.
After moving to Chicago and continuing my usual triathlon training, I heard about CrossFit. After a google search, Crossfit Alphadog came up as the closest to my location and offered a free class, so I decided to go try it. I remember walking into the gym clueless on my first day and watching the class do thrusters. I was intimidated to say the least. Now, here I am, almost a year later and couldn’t imagine my life without CFAD. I’ve gained confidence, strength, and awesome competition. It’s what I look forward to everyday. Mostly for the amazing people that push me to my limits daily, just like my 8th grade basketball coach.
I was born and raised in the Lombard area, I’m currently working full time for a manufacturing company as the human resources assistant and hope to eventually go back to school for physical therapy or athletic training. I enjoy being outdoors, mud runs, running, cooking/baking, and going to cross fit duh!
I’ve always been involved in sports since I was a little kid; soccer and volleyball were my 2 main sports. When I got to high school I gave up soccer to focus on playing volleyball year round through school and a traveling league. After college when my volleyball career ended, I took up running as a way to stay in shape since I no longer had volleyball practices and games to keep me in shape. Still, something was missing. I missed the competition of playing a sport, and I missed the hard practices and hard work I put in with my teammates.
That’s when a friend of mine told me about a cross fit gym that she had been going too and she tried to convince me for months to go with her, I was hesitant at first because I had never been a serious weight lifter and was scared I’d embarrass myself because I was not strong. Eventually I went to my first crossfit class in February of 2014, I did my first wod and I was hooked, I loved the feeling of competing again. Everyone was so encouraging and the atmosphere was so positive even though I could barely overhead squat just the 15# barbell, that’s when I knew I wanted to change my fitness goals from wanting to be skinny to now not caring what I look like as long as I’m strong and can lift weights.
Since joining CrossFit Alpha Dog I have gained a lot strength, not just physically but mentally as well. I have the awesome coaches at Alpha Dog to thank for my #gainz because they are always so encouraging and never let me quit, they push me to my limits to do things I never thought I could do. Now I can overhead squat a lot more than just the 15# barbell!