I started CrossFit my sophomore year of high school in 2013. My parents forced my siblings and I to go with them and that day changed my life. I had played sports all my life and thought I was in shape and then I walked into a CrossFit gym and my ego checked. I remember sitting on the ground after, dead, after the workout and just thinking, “That was awful. Guess I need to keep going.” I fell in love with the feeling of death at the end of every workout. And it wasn’t because the workout was super hard or because it was a Hero WOD, it was because I pushed my whole body as far as it would go. That has become my goal for every workout I do now.
I found Olympic lifting through CrossFit and fell in love with the snatch because it was probably one of the hardest movements I’ve ever had to master. The complexity of the Olympic lifts is unreal and also something that kept me coming back. I decided to dedicate myself purely to Olympic lifting my first year of college and competed on a national level. It was terrifying, but also a huge learning experience. I had a remote coach so I pretty much had to correct most of my lifts by myself, videos only do so much, and by doing this I found out that I actually really loved learning the mechanics of how and why a movement should be done a certain way and that I wasn’t half bad at explaining it. When I found out that Mike Salvanera wanted to re-up the barbell program I offered to help out. When I first started coaching my whole goal was to get the athlete more in-tune with their body so that they could feel the errors in the movements instead of relying on a coaches’ eye and it’s been such a rewarding experience to hear them correct themselves. Long story, not so short, I am now a Certified Level 1 Olympic Lifting coach and could not be happier with where I am and where the barbell program is as a whole, especially when there is much more to come.
I’ve been to a lot of CrossFit gyms in my life—heck, my parents even own one—but Tribe has definitely stood out the most. A sense of community is vital in a CrossFit gym and Tribe has blown me out of the water with the amount of love and compassion each member has for one another. When I first decided to move away from home for college I was pretty terrified of being alone. I left family, friends and a CrossFit gym I loved, but then I found Tribe. They welcomed me with open arms and gave me another place to call home. I’ve created another support system, another family here at Tribe and I will always cherish that. I will forever love my Tribe.
- USAW Level 1
- Waxmen’s Certification
- 6 years of CrossFit
- 1 year of competitive weightlifting
- 2 years coaching Tribe Barbell 🙂