When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit around October of 2018.
What were you doing before Crossfit?
I was a gymnast for about 10 years. After I quit, I tried dance and track but nothing really stuck before I tried CrossFit.
Tell us something we might not know about you.
I have been homeschooled my entire life.
What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?
Leave any ego or fear at the door and just do it. I debated joining for a long time because I was scared and I regret not starting earlier. The athletes and coaches at Coyote are simply amazing and calmed all of my fears when I joined. Joining Coyote was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?
All of the times that I simply didn’t think I could finish a workout, all of the other athletes and coaches were there to cheer me on. Finishing those extra tough workouts or getting a new PR is one of the best feelings in the world.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
Starting CrossFit has affected my life positively in so many ways. It has given me more confidence in my everyday life. Seeing all of the women at Coyote has helped me realize that I would much rather be strong than super skinny. Being able to compete against myself has also made me a far better athlete than I was when I was solely focused on competing against others. Coyote has also become a place to relieve the stress and anxiety of high school. I am now much stronger physically and mentally than I was a year ago.
Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)
I will be a high school senior this fall. I live in Madison with my Mom, Dad, and two older brothers. My parents have always encouraged/made me and my siblings do some sort of sport and to be active. I now work as an instructor at the gym where I used to do gymnastics and I absolutely love teaching little kids. I also have a rescued pit mix named Vinny and he is my favorite thing in the entire world.
What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I vividly remember my first WOD and it was absolutely awful lol. I remember thinking, “this sucks” and “what have I gotten myself into” but as soon as I finished, I knew I was hooked.
What were your goals when you joined Coyote?
My main goals when I joined Coyote were to just get stronger and to fall in love with a sport again. Soon after joining, though, I began having goals of lifting heavier weights and getting harder skills.
Have you achieved any of these goals?
Since joining Coyote, I have been stronger than I have in a long time and have finally found another sport that I love. I am also now doing skills and lifting weights that I once didn’t think I could do.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
My favorite cheat meal is probably Canes or Chick-Fil- A.
What is your favorite/LEast favorite WOD?
I can’t say that I have a favorite or least favorite WOD. But, I pretty much love any WOD with cleans, toes to bar, or any sort of handstand walk/push-up.
-What is your least favorite lift?
My least favorite is either front squats or thrusters. Hate those.
What is your favorite lift?
My favorite lift would have to be any type of clean.