How did you become a coach at Lift Off Strength?
By complete accident actually! It was February 2016 and I had literally just quit my job up the street at equinox. I stumbled into CrossFit Encino while it was still in the smaller location closer to Petit. I was looking for a place to work out, so I was coming into ask if it was possible for me to clean the gym every night in exchange for a membership of some sort (since I couldn’t afford anything like a membership because I was currently jobless). Evan (with the beard) learned I was a trainer so instead of accepting my cleaning offer, he asked me, without asking Eric, if I wanted to hop on the coaching staff. Slowly but surely, things worked out… and here I am today, still going hard and lovin’ it at CFE.
What is your role at Lift Off Strength?
My role is to coach health, fitness, and overall performance of the community. I do all the programming at the gym. My role with programming is to create the best hour of people’s days. I do my absolute best to make it inclusive for all members no matter their level, timely, creative, engaging, trackable, appropriately challenging, comprehensible, evolving, coachable by all coaches, and most importantly, as safe as possible with calculated risks planned in to watch people achieve things they never thought they could… that’s my role.
How did you get into Fitness?
Long story. I started gymnastics as a young sweet girl and did so for 14 years. It was my life. I started diving during my last couple years of gymnastics. I retired from gymnastics and became an elite level springboard diver. I did that for 7 years and retired in 2015.
I had a lot of weight room experience during my college years. I fell in love with the environment. After college and my athletic career, I didn’t know what to do, so I tried a couple bikini competitions where I did well in both. It was during this time I really learned a lot about the important habit changes around nutrition it takes to see results. I learned a lot of other things too and it was all worth it, but it wasn’t for me.
Finally, I started Olympic Weightlifting in October 2017 and the rest was history. I found nothing more profound than learning what it takes to maneuver a barbell with precision and excellence and it is my passion to teach others along with all the other fun stuff we get to do at the gym!
What kind of Fitness goals do you have?
1) To have the guts to compete in a sanctioned weightlifting tournament
2) To hike/run Rim to Rim to Rim (42 miles) with Eric, Randy, Gonzo, and Ben “Mountain Goat” Creekbaum in November. It WILL be an ultra-physical feat and a profound accomplishment.
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve accomplished?
Moving to the valley 2 ½ years ago and sticking it out. Times were tough, but I can finally say, I’m truly happy to have my life here now.
If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why?
Definitely and obviously Eric and Tubes. John Cena too. Mostly because I workout with Tubes and Eric every day and I would never change that, it’s the best. It’s usually high energy, laughs, progress, good times/bad times, poppin’ music, and some great lifting with some great people.
& John Cena because… well, muscles.
If you could have dinner with 3 people, any lifetime, who and why?
I’d have dinner with anyone if the food is good.
But really, Stevie Nicks. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Then of course Steven. Steven Tyler. I don’t need to explain why. I’m sure it’s evident.
And finally, Aly Raisman. I’m not sure any of you would know who she is. She is one of America’s most decorated Olympic gymnasts and with everything happening with USAG and the Olympic committee, she’s done an inspiring and amazing job of being the change and taking a stand for recreational and elite gymnastics, women, victims, athletes, and of course, herself. I have so many questions.
What is your favorite quote and/or motto…one that you live by?
To be honest, I don’t have one. I could go look one up or say it’s the one I used as my senior quote in my high school yearbook, but it’s not. I guess if I had to choose it’d be: I bust mine to kick yours! 😉
How has Lift Off Strength changed your life?
It has been a place for me to grow, to love, to express my talents and my passions, to find new ones, to have friendships with amazing people, to learn from the wisdom of others, to have a tribe and a community… a team. The list could go on and on and ain’t nobody got time for dat.