Started Crossfit in 2009 while also playing competitive hockey. Picked it back up in 2012 after hockey came to a close. I coach because I enjoy helping others make lifestyle changes to better enjoy their everyday life and journeys. Through this journey I have met my wife, who encourages and humbles me, lifelong friends, and have been blessed to help hundreds make changes they never thought were possible. Watching someone overcome and obstacle and meet a goal continues to inspire and motivate me. Coaching at Wolverine has allowed me to continue to build relationships, help others, and have the freedom to spend time with family. I aspire to continue growing and improving while prioritizing family and relationships. Former head coach and manager at CrossFit West Ames (Iowa, Iridium CrossFit), Max Oxygen CrossFit (Iowa, State 35 Fitness).
I am an evening coach here at Wolverine, been in the game since 2015, and I genuinely love what I do. Grew up in a small town on the west side of Michigan where I learned about outdoors, played soccer, and called my cousins my best friends. I attended college at the University of Michigan, (go blue!), and now live in Livonia with my husband and crazy dog named Louie. Once in college and no longer competitively playing soccer, I found crossfit as an outlet for camaraderie, intensity, and an overall fun time. These are the same reasons that inspired me to coach as I wanted everyone of all backgrounds to challenge themselves and have a blast while making friends and attaining their goals. While the gym is what I enjoy most, I also love lake days, spending time with family, and hunting and fishing.
I started my fitness/wellness journey with a desire to live a healthy lifestyle and be a good example for my family. Eventually I found out about CrossFit while working at a traditional gym from one of the other trainers. I jumped right in, fell in love and decided to pursue my CrossFit Level 1. That experience, in addition to the community at the gym changed my life like many in the CrossFit Community have come to understand. I also found I had a desire and passion to help others along the same path and watch them change their lives. It's truly remarkable to watch someone take control of their health and learn they are capable of so much inside and outside of the gym. In addition to working out, I enjoy spending time with my family, finding new TV shows or movies to binge, travel/experiences and being a "sneakerhead".
Prior to my career in athletic training, I was an early childhood educator for a decade, until a back injury over 20 years ago inspired me to learn about human physiology. That study ignited a passion to teach others about injury prevention, and prompted me to shift my educational focus to athletics. My keen interest in injury prevention has never died, and I am known for taking great interest in my clients' health, demonstrating specific stretching and strengthening programming and techniques to assist in recovery and developing modifications of exercises to allow clients to continue making fitness strides without exacerbating existing injuries.