November 10, 2016
My passion for health and sport began at a very young age. I started playing soccer at age 4 and went through baseball, soccer, basketball, football and finally volleyball. I played club and high school volleyball and earned myself a scholarship to play 4 years of high level college volleyball. We earned 4 trips to the National Tournament taking 2nd place 2x and 3rd place 2x. I am very competitive by nature, which in a house of 5 boys growing up, is essential to survival.
I began CrossFit in January 2008 after reading an article in a Muscle and Fitness magazine titled “Sweat Storm.” My initial reaction was, “This looks fun.” The article had some guy do CrossFit for 6 weeks and listed out a bunch of “Girl” workouts. My first day, I did “Baseline” followed by “Helen”. Seemed easy enough, until I couldn’t walk for the next 3 days. I knew I needed to check this out a little further.
Being a collegiate volleyball player I had never lifted any weights, only doing cardio and plyometrics. I entered college at 6’5” and 185lbs. I graduated at 6’7” and 200lbs. After discovering CrossFit and lifting weights I was able to gain nearly 30lbs and even at a much heavier weight, I can now run faster and jump higher than ever before. CrossFit is my safe haven, my sanity break and my competitive outlet (with myself).
I am driven by movement and function, hence my profession as a chiropractor. With optimal nervous system function, we are fully able to reach our optimal health potential. In addition, optimal nervous system function and a well functioning spine means better movement patterns, less mobility restrictions, less likelihood to have an injury as well as increased recovery from an injury. I continue to carry on my passion for health and sport through chiropractic, CrossFit and my daily life.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Former American Record Holder for Concept 2 Rowing
20-29 1000m 2:52.1
30-39 500m 1:16.6
30-39 1 min max meters 396m