TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and did both my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh to become a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. After graduation I moved south and lived in Myrtle Beach for a few years, followed by Charlotte, NC for a year. I moved back last summer with my two dogs to be closer to my family and am loving getting reacquainted with Pittsburgh.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO TPA? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT? I joined TPA when I moved back at the recommendation of a long-time friend, Alisha Hilfinger. I had been doing crossfit in Charlotte for a year prior to moving back and had fallen in love with it, so finding a box here was a priority. I’ve now been doing crossfit for two years.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER YOUR 1st WOD AT TPA?
I was excited about the programming and community I found here! I was so sad to leave my old box, so I was incredibly relieved to find quality programming and supportive, fun people at TPA!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CROSSFIT?
I am constantly chasing that high you get when the workout is over.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT TO DATE?
Getting on the podium at Festivus Games.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVEMENT/LIFT? LEAST FAVORITE?
Favorite: Back Squat and Split Jerk. Least favorite: Anything that comes from the floor, including burpees.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE 9AM CLASS?
The support from everyone during tough lifts or WODs! Whoever is the last to finish the WOD has a crowd of people cheering them on!
WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
Crossfit reminds me daily how strong and capable my body and mind are.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT OR THINKING OF GIVING IT A TRY?
Stop thinking about it and just do it! I sat around and procrastinated joining crossfit for a whole year because I was intimidated. Now, I wish I had just started it then instead of waiting around and worrying. The community is amazing and any workout can be scaled to meet you at your fitness level. Plus, if I can do it, literally anyone can do it.
IF YOU COULD CREATE A WOD, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
If I wanted to have fun: Intervals on the assault bike or rower with some sort of barbell cycling mixed in! If I wanted to challenge myself: running and burpees.