How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I have been doing crossfit for two years. I started in December of 2010, thanks to Taylor Wrenn who talked Luke and I into trying this crazy thing called crossfit.
What is your athletic background and what did you do to stay fit before Crossfit?
As I grew up I was always involved in athletics. I played a sport every season while in school, and I also started lifting weights in high school. As I went through College, I worked at the local gym and played many intramural sports. Post college, when I entered the “Real World” and began working a stressful desk job, staying fit became a little harder. I was a member of the YMCA and would ran several 5Ks and even ran a half marathon, but none of these actives held my interest so I was not very committed to any of my workout regiments.
What class/time of day are people likely to find you at?
Recently I have been coming at all different times. I try to make the 6:00 am class whenever I can during the week. If I can not make it in the morning, I will come to the 5:30 or 6:30 evening class.
What is your favorite WOD or lift?
My favorite WOD would probably be a good chipper like the filthy fifty. I really enjoy lifting, so it would be hard to pick a favorite lift, but if I had to my top three would be dead lift, power cleans and squat.
If you could perfect any skill or movement, which would it be?
I really want to get an unassisted pull up and be able to RX a rope climb… I want to get both of these really bad!!
What do you do outside of the gym (occupation, hobbies, etc.)?
Outside of the gym, I work at CPCC where I am an Assistant Director in the Financial Aid/ Veterans Affairs office. I am over all the federal accounts (Pell Grant and so forth) and we certify the GI bill in our office. As for hobbies, I enjoy photography and do that on the side as much as I can, I love animals, and spending time with my family and friends as often as possible.
What keeps you coming back to UCF?
There are so many things that keep me coming back to UCF. Not only are the workouts great and have really gotten me to make fitness a priority in my life again, but the coaches, the people and the facility are amazing. I have gotten so much from every coach at UCF, on everything from form, pushing myself and encouraging me so that I can meet my goals. The members at UCF really make it a warm and welcoming community, there are always smiling faces, people encouraging you as you work out and friendships that are formed. And the facility is amazing, you can tell a lot of blood, sweet and tears went into making this gym the way that it is.
Any hidden talents or skills?
I wish I could say I have an amazing singing voice… But if you try to verify that with Luke I am afraid he will just laugh in your face:) I would say my hidden talent or skill would be that I took three levels worth of cake decorating classes and make a pretty mean rose out of butter cream icing, and that I play around with photography as often as possible.