I have been coaching since 2008. My passion for fitness developed when I learned of CrossFit through a friend and realized my true potential as an athlete and trainer. Before that, I focused primarily on running and signed up for every road race I could get myself into. I had a membership at a local gym where I would spend an hour a day, 5 times per week and never saw any results. Once I started CrossFitting, I had an entirely new appreciation for fitness. I opened Collar City Athletics in 2011 with a vision of changing the way people felt at the gym and about their bodies.
I am currently working on my Precision Nutrition Certification so I can better serve my clients with nutrition coaching as well.
When I'm not at the gym, I am home with my husband and 2 young sons and our dog!
CrossFit Level 1
IKFF Level 1
Group Exercise Certification
CrossFit Goal Setting Course
CrossFIt Mobility Certification
I first started CrossFit in the summer of 2012. Before CrossFit, my life revolved around sports. My interest for physical fitness began in the eighth grade when I started to lift for football. Leading up to high school I played hockey, football, and baseball. During high school I continued to play football and was on the track and field team. While on those teams I was passionate about lifting weights and competed in area lift offs. After high school I played one year of collegiate football at Springfield College, at which time I suffered a knee injury and caused me to stop playing. CrossFit brings everything I am looking for in my fitness pursuit, the ability to teach and coach athletes as well as compete right next to them on a daily basis. Seeing the excitement on people’s faces after hitting a PR, drives me to want to continue to improve my knowledge in the field to provide the best experience for everyone around me.
Crossfit Level 1: October 2012
CPR-First Aid: December 2013
I got my first taste of CrossFit in November of 2008. Prior to starting CrossFit, I would occasionally get to the YMCA to use the circuit machines or lift light weights.
After my first CrossFit workout, I was immediately hooked. CrossFit not only helped me to commit to a fitness regime, it also helped me commit to a healthier lifestyle. I saw results in a few short months-weight loss, increased strength, and overall positive energy. CrossFit is unlike other fitness programs-it gives a person confidence, creates a community of great friends, and gets you in great shape. As a mother of 3 young children, it was exactly what I needed.
Within a year of starting CrossFit, I became certified as a CrossFit Olympic Lift trainer. At that time, I began to dream of opening a CrossFit closer to my home in Troy, NY. I wanted to coach and expose CrossFit to as many people as possible. I love the challenges it presents and love seeing new people reach goals they once thought unattainable. I cant wait to teach my passion to as many people as I can.
CrossFit Olympic Lifting : November 2009
CrossFit Level 1: December 2010
CrossFit Mobility Certification
Bio coming soon
Growing up I was an avid sports player with the majority of my time spent playing basketball. I was tall and skinny, so I spent a lot of time in the weight room trying to "bulk up." I was stuck in the typical routine of chest/triceps, back/biceps, shoulders, and about once a month I attempted to work out my legs. My fast metabolism allowed me to consume any type of food I desired with no real risk of putting on any considerable weight. Then 2010 came along and I realized I had put on so much weight that my eyes appeared "fatted shut." I knew I needed to make some changes. Luckily for me, my brother had been in my ear for about 18 months to try this fitness program called CrossFit. So when Collar City CrossFit opened its doors in Troy in early 2011, I knew what it was and I had to give it a try. What an eye opener!!! After my first introductory wod, not only did I see how out of shape I was, but I was hooked. In the following months I followed a failry strict Paleo eating style and hit a wod 3 times a week. The weight flew off me! You can now find me in the gym 4 nights a week either hitting a wod or coaching. Thanks to CrossFit I am stronger, healthier and more fit than I have ever been in my life! I hope to be able to pass along my passion, drive, and knowledge of CrossFit to my fellow athletes.
CrossFit Level 1: October 2012
IKFF Level 1 CKT: September 2013
I started CrossFit in the fall of 2012. Prior to that I had lifted weights in the gym and beat up my living room doing P90X, but I really had no idea what functional fitness was or why it was important.Once I got a taste of my first WOD I knew CrossFit was going to work for me.
I had always struggled to come up with diversified programming for myself in the gym. I avoided exercises I wasn't good at, and over-did the ones I was. This lead to unbalanced and incomplete conditioning, and ultimately a lot of inefficient work. CrossFit solved this problem for me, and helped me to develop a well rounded base of conditioning. As this base developed I began to notice that physical activity of any kind became easier, and I had a lot more energy in general. By then the transition from new interest to passion was well under way.
CrossFit is now a major passion of mine and one of the things I enjoy most is the ability to share it with others. My goal as a coach is to enable others to continue to improve so they can get the most out of what CrossFit has to offer, and enjoy the benefits of their hard work. For me that has been better health and fitness, getting to be part of a great community, and continuing to learn and share new things.
IKFF Level 1 CKT - August 2013
Bio coming soon
Bio coming soon
Prior to joining Collar City in 2011, most of my physical activity had been focused on running, cycling, and rec soccer. Over the years, I had faded in and out of the YMCA for swimming and strength training, but was not able to find a routine that worked for me. I was immediately hooked on the variety of movements and programming Collar City offered, as well as the integration of powerlifting and Olympic lifting in the workouts. I was also very happy with the coaches, members, and the community that surrounded the gym.
I have been an active member of Collar City since I joined, and have continued to purse cardio-oriented goals outside of the gym. As someone who was not an athlete as an adolescent and did not engage in regular physical activity until I was in my twenties, Collar City has provided a platform for me to reach fitness goals I never imagined I would have. I’m an active runner, cyclist and triathlete. I regularly participate in races, from 5ks to marathons, and triathlons of various lengths. Every summer I take part in a two-day long-distance charity bike ride across Massachusetts. I’ve been running obstacle course races since I joined Collar City and I love to hike.
My decision to start coaching was grounded in my own evolving experience with fitness, my background as an educator, and the desire to help people attain goals they may never have thought possible. Collar City has been an integral part of my life since 2011 and has contributed immensely to major improvements in my level of fitness, my physical abilities, my strength, and my overall health and general well-being. I look forward to helping others find their own positive experiences as they work toward their goals for health and fitness.
CrossFit Level 1 Certification – March 2017