Which athletes do you look up to?
I look up to Coach Marcus' biceps, BK's SugarWoD scores, Katie's ability to workout and inspire me even when pregnant, Adriana's lateness to class but still complete domination, Preslie's drive and food knowledge, Roger pushing me and trying to get me to do disgusting workouts on Sundays, Nick being awesome and inspirational, Andy's gainz, and everybody else who is part of the family at Magna. Ooh, and Matt Fraser, Rich Froning, and Sara Sigmundsdottir.
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout was probably the Thanksgiving Workout we did this year. Not only was it an absolutely disgusting burner of a workout, but it completely transformed the gym. I just remember looking around half-conscious and seeing the gym fully alive and moving with people just kicking their own ass. Nobody was stopping to take selfies, no one was worried about scaling this or that, everyone was just focused on their own excellence. It was amazing. Or Murph. Yeah, Murph too.
Which crossfit movement is your favorite?
Ever since I got my first ring muscle-up it's been a favorite. It's taken me a long time to get that particularly movement, so doing it was not only fun, but a rewarding experience because it showed me that I was making progress. It's just fun as hell swinging in the air like that anyway.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. He just wakes up one day at 10 years old, decides he's going to leave home to be a Pokemon trainer, becomes a man almost simultaneously, and goes on countless adventures learning things with his friends. He doesn't lift, and that's not cool, but Pokemon are also pretty great.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
This might seem silly, but I always wished I could be better at math in general. As the key to most sciences and theorizing, I always felt like it was an interesting skill that my brain didn't take to as easily as others. Discovering things about the universe through mathematics would be a really rewarding thing. I imagine it would also make me better at plate math, which I also struggle with, so there's that.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I was in college I set-up my own interviews in Texas and Arizona. I bought my own plane tickets and planned everything, even down to staying with Alumni from my college in the two states. I eventually got a job, and drove across the country to start a job and get an apartment in place I had never been before. I did it all by myself and felt like I really accomplished something without being handed anything. That's how I ended up at Magna.
What inspires you?
A big inspiration to me is my students (I'm a teacher). I like working hard to give them someone to look up to in the classroom and in the gym/on the field. They work so hard and they want to be scholars and athletes and it pushes me to retain my youth and take care of myself. I try to be the best I can be for myself and for them.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
SCALE EVERYTHING AND CHANGE YOUR DIET. These things took me way too long to learn and they made all the difference in everything. Too often I was doing 1-2 workouts a week and absolutely blowing myself out trying to do RX. By scaling everything, I was able to learn myself and my limits much better, and this allowed me to get into the gym much more often (now 5 times a week). The best thing? It was easier and I was actually getting better results. That, and it allowed me to become friends with more people which was a nice push to getting into the gym more often. Also, diet makes all the difference. It changed how I feel and how I look almost completely. It unlocked a world of energy and stability that has carried through my gym-life, my work-life, and my social-life. Eating right has made it so that I can do everything and I NEVER have the old feeling of exhaustion that I used to. It's all about balancing those things and being disciplined.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I don't really think about changing my name; I usually think about bettering myself so that my name is something worth having.
Nanos or Metcons?
Metcons. Never ignore the heart muscle.