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.
When I'm not at the gym, I am home with my husband and 2 young sons and our dog!
CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Level 1
IKFF Level 1
Group Exercise Certification
CrossFit Goal Setting Course
CrossFIt Mobility Certification
I have been involved in the fitness industry in some form for my whole life and have been coaching for 6 years. My passion is in Obstacle Course Racing and Kettlebell Sport. I've completed over 15 Spartan/Tough Mudder Races, 1 summer completing a triple Trifecta. I love to help people overcome their fears of obstacles and breaking down movements to explain how to tackle them.
Spartan SGX Coach
IKFF Kettlebell Coach
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
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
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 pursue 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 MA. 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
Throughout my early life I was not into fitness. running, exercise, and anything that required physical exertion seemed like a laborious chore, and not something I would associate with fun and enjoyment. One day I decided, "Hey I'd like to play football, that sounds like fun!" It was within the first few weeks of 6th grade and I thought this would be a good way to be more active and make some new friends. Spoiler Alert! I did not go on to be all star of the year or score 4 touchdowns in a single game like Al Bundy often referred to when reminiscing on his glory days back in Polk High (a reference to the sitcom Married With Children for those of you who aren't with me!). In fact, contrary to what I set out to accomplish, I gave up after 30 minutes of the first practice! (ask me sometime about the full story). This is all important because failure is a powerful tool for motivation. This event in conjunction with several others have helped mold me into the person I am today. I knew deep down I was better than this. I knew eventually I'd find my way. I may have failed at one thing, but I never gave up. I held onto a vision of a better, stronger, faster, and fitter me and over time, step by step I achieved my goal. Over the years I have developed a hunger for competition, bettering myself, and redefining my limits. Since 2013, I have completed over 25 Spartan/Tough Mudder events, Including high level Spartan endurance events consisting of 28-30 Mile Obstacle Course Races (Spartan Ultra Beast), and a 12-hour Endurance event that started at 8 pm and Went to 8 am the following day (Spartan 12-Hour Hurricane Heat). This developed into a desire to help others climb there own personal walls. Walls are obstacles, life is full of them, sometimes the only way to move forward is to get over it and move on. In July 2017 I received my personal Trainer Certification and have been teaching small group fitness classes and coaching 1 on 1 clients since. My goal is to help you get over your walls and on to the next challenge in your fitness journey. Whatever your obstacle is in life, I'm here to help you get over it.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer – July 2017