I was raised by “Salt of the Earth” parents, whose careers as a Wildlife Biologist and a Park Ranger immersed me in a diverse background resulting in my development of love and passion for the outdoors. The human form was made to operate at it’s optimal capacity… I love sharing and aiding this experience and lifestyle with others.
My Fitness Philosophy:
BALANCE, CONSISTENCY, MODERATION: I have always thought if it was socially acceptable to simply run everywhere like dogs do then we would all be in immaculate shape! For years I swore when I grew up I would have no furniture in my living room but instead only exercise equipment. Therefore, with no place to sit, if you wanted to watch TV you had to run, bike or hop on an elliptical. As I began to view life on a more holistic level, I realized the big picture is all a matter of balance. Most of us recognize the importance of physical activity and overall health but not all of us take action and many of us don’t know the appropriate action to take. Undoubtedly, in a fantasy world we would all prefer to be snorkeling, hunting, fishing, hiking mountain tops, snowboarding, etc. and exploring the beauties of the world as our form of exercise. The reality of life simply puts you to the test, questioning how much time are you willing to invest in YOUR health? Don’t make daily exercise the most dreaded part of your day. Maintain your physical condition so when you do get the opportunity to do activities you enjoy most, you can experience them to the fullest.
Take a moment and ask yourself where on the priority list is your health? Yes, many of us would love to be the biggest, the fastest, the strongest but what are you willing to invest or change to simply be YOUR best? Do not let the fitness images of vanity overcome you, instead think of those most important in your life. How does your health affect both yours and theirs happiness? If you want to be elite and make it to the top great, if you simply want to meet your grandchildren and great grandchildren then you may have some lifestyle feng shui to re-arrange.
Recognizing health is not about the number on the scale or how you compare to top models, athletes, and actors, but instead how you view the reflection in the mirror and how you grow to become willing to accept your imperfections. Don’t make physical activity a chore. Find the most motivational factor that drives you to exercise especially on the days you don’t want to. There is always an excuse for everything and people will make time for what they want. Enjoy life, but the healthier and happier you are the more you can enjoy it to the fullest.
I come from the middle of nowhere Oregon. If you think you are from Timbuktu let’s compare stories. I was raised an hour from civilization, generator for power, no TV, no cell service, no phone lines, no phone period. No address, no school bus, no mail service. My father is a wild life biologist and my mother is a park ranger. I have always been active both recreational as well as family labor and don’t know anything different. My father always made me work. There was no quitting and there was no crying. His famous phrase is “Go find something productive to do!” I truly believe how and where I was raised shaped my perspective on life, health, and physical activity.
Growing up on a lake gave me the opportunity for watersports which are my favorite! I went from tubing (pretty extreme tubing) to kneeboarding, to wakeboarding, and a bit of wake surfing. Nothing puts me more at easy than being on or in the water! As far as other sports I was most involved with dance in the forms of tap, ballet, and jazz. After taking about 5 classes per week for 14 years I then taught classes for 5 years. Dance has given me a huge advantage as far as flexibility, spatial awareness, and fine tuning body manipulation. Minor adjustments can make all the difference in sport. In addition to dance, I was involved in track and field for several years primarily as a jumper, hurdler, and sprinter. After no longer being able to tolerate impact on bi-lateral stress fractures in my legs I transferred schools and joined the swim team instead; again, primarily as a sprinter excelling in freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke. Upon entering college at Oregon State University to pursue my degree in Exercise and Sport Science I walked onto the woman’s crew (rowing) team as a D1/PAC 10 athlete. Alongside with school, rowing, and working, I continued teaching dance classes and also became very involved in the ballroom dancing community. Experimenting with several styles of ballroom I discovered my favorites to be West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, and Hustle. About this same time I became an active member of the OAHPERD (Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) community. In addition, I also served several years with the United Spirits Association as a High School State Dance Team judge.
Around 2008 is when I found Crossfit or Crossfit found me. I have been involved in the Crossfit community as well as a certified Crossfit trainer for over a decade. I have had the opportunity to be a part of a fitness evolution and movement. From 2010-2014 I was involved in the competitors circuit. I have attended the Crossfit Games in 2010 and 2012. I wouldn’t trade the success of the program or the people I meet for the world!. The simple science of being “constantly varied” allows people to continue experiencing physical gains in addition to not getting burnt out mentally. Functional fitness is the ultimate baseline routine to make all other aspects of your life better. Bottom line… IT FREAKING WORKS!
Around 2014 I sought even more balance in peace and stillness for both body and mind. One more component off the holistic puzzle was added by supplementing with yoga to my regular routine. In 2019 I completed my 200RYT Training.
The universe always works in mysterious serendipitous ways. Ironically, my Mother was born here in Austin, however all of our family is in the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I moved to Texas in 2016 for his work. He is an EMS Helicopter Pilot. Him and I met in the fitness world and intend to keep each other healthy our entire lives. We absolutely LOVE the Austin area and the hot weather. Surrounding yourself with the right people is key is health and fitness success. Crossfit 737 is exactly that. A community of great people.
I’m an open-minded spirit who enjoys helping people change their lifestyles in a holistic way.
I have the best workout ever when I’m listening to: Whatever tempo matches the beat/intensity of the intended workout (my dance background has this ingrained in my mind). I also tend to start movements/lifts on a new 8count.
I’m challenged by: “The Blessing and Curse of Chasing a Younger Version of Myself” Also snatches, wallballs, thrusters, and single arm DB movements.
When I’m not working out I’m: Hanging out with my family or finding something productive to do
You’ll see me smiling when: Other people are smiling and when I get to be outside exploring new places
If I were an animal I’d be: undoubtedly a Spider Monkey